How To Get Christian Bale’s Minimalist Apartment From 'American Psycho'
American Psycho may have graced our screens 19 years ago but the black horror comedy is still regarded as a benchmark for on-screen decor. To this day the slick minimalist vibe of handsome investment banker Patrick Bateman’s apartment continues to be a vision of modernist Eighties chic. From Robert Longo drawings to sleek leather Mies van der Roche Barcelona chairs, the psycho killer’s living room is brimming with iconic furniture.
An immaculate white bachelor pad with black accents and steel appliances, the minimalist set is equally cold and calculating as it is stylish. Characterised by the use of functional furniture and a combination of no more than two basic colours, production designer Gideon Ponte and set designer Jeanne Develle conceived the minimalist interiors down to the most intricate detail. Each piece of furniture had strict proportions and colours, blinds were used instead of curtains, and ornaments, of course, were out of the question.
A reflection of Bateman’s character, the pad is calculatingly pristine. The jarring design was enhanced by the empty space punctured by statement furniture and the walls were painted bright white (typically white is never used in film as it's not easy on the eye – perfect for American Psycho).
And while we don’t recommend going quite as minimalist as Bateman did, there’s no denying his pad is home to some seriously stylish pieces. Here we round up the best items inspired by the American Psycho apartment so you can get Christian Bale’s minimalist vibe in your own pad (minus the telescope).
Robert Longo artwork
A closer look at Patrick Bateman's walls in American Psycho reveals an impressive art collection that was a particular focal point for production designer Gideon Ponte, who had worked in New York art galleries during the period the film was set. The drawings either side of Bateman's music system were from American painter and sculptor Robert Longo's fascinating “Men in the Cities” series, which depict sharply dressed men and women writhing in contorted emotion. $109,000 at Artnet
Barcelona Chair By Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a rising figure of the modernist movement so it's not surprising that his iconic Barcelona chair, one of the most recognised objects of the last century, was granted a spot in the American Psycho apartment. $5991 at Knoll
Improviste Sofa By Roche Bobois
A central piece of furniture in Bateman's minimalist pad is, of course, the pristine white sofa, which contrasts perfectly with the black Barcelona chair, completing the apartment. For an upgraded and more stylish version (that also doesn't have any psycho killer vibes) we suggest this timeless three seat sofa designed by Sacha Lakic for Roche Bobois. Perfect for a modern and minimalist vibe. Price on request at Roche Bobois
Alanda Coffee Table By Paolo Piva For B&B Italia
Designed by Italian designer Paolo Piva, you'll find this Alanda coffee table bang smack in the middle of Bateman's living room. An iconic and classic piece, inspired by upturned pyramids, this statement piece also appeared in DC Comic's Batman v Superman and Justice League. So if it's good enough for Christian Bale and superheroes, it's good enough for you. $1195 at Pamono
Hill House Chair By Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Remember that tall chair that sits at the end of Bateman's hallway? Well it's actually a Hill House chair made by the incredibly influential designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. With its ladderback design and stained black ashwood frame, this is a chair that can really stand alone as a piece of design. Price on request at Cassina