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Guardian: picspam: A Dog's Den

  • Apr. 13th, 2019 at 10:23 PM
title: A Dog's Den (Zhao Yunlan's home)
fandom: Guardian
type: picspam

Note: In the novel, Zhao Yunlan's home is described as a dog's lair, which I believe is similar to the English phrase "a pigsty." I refuse to refer to it as a man-cave even for the sake of the prompt, but it's definitely a bachelor pad!

For the purposes of spatial discussions, I am designating the wall with the front door as NORTH.



1. Zhao Yunlan lives in a turret


There are windows on the west wall (over the kitchen sink) and the west-facing alcove (head of the bed)




There are windows on the south wall (all those window alcoves!)




There's at least one more room through a doorway in the east side of the main room. We never go in there and only get to peer through the doorway -- but in this photo you can clearly see the windows in the far east wall.




Oh, and this weird panel by the front door into what I think is actually maybe the bathroom? There's a door into that area on the south side, at least, so I don't think it's an air shaft.



2. Zhao Yunlan keeps a straight line between his bed, the fridge, and the door




Shen Wei is facing the south wall. Note the bed to his right and the door behind him. The fridge is just visible at the right edge of the photo.




Here's the fridge again, the gray-green thing just to Zhao Yunlan's right. He's looking into the kitchen, which you may notice is nowhere near the fridge.

(See that wooden horse on the shelf behind him? We have one of those! It's a museum reproduction, but I can't recall what it's from. No raccoon on a scooter, though.)




This is the kitchen, with dirty dishes stacked to the top of the sink. Would you want to have to navigate that first thing in the morning? Me, neither.

(He does have what I think is a coffee maker down near the rice cooker at the other end of the kitchen. I have a hard time imagining he ever makes it that far into his kitchen in the mornings.)



3. What strange decor you have, Zhao Yunlan!



There's a yellow-lit shelf of alcohol bottles, to match the yellow-lit table of alcohol bottles. Oh, and a fish bowl with a live fish! Next to the robot-lamp.




There's an animal skull on the table to Shen Wei's right, next to the stone lantern. Note the sports equipment on the north wall and the license plates on the south one.

Also note the glowing ceiling, then go back and look at all the light sources in this place. Zhao Yunlan has a million lamps, and they're all on most of the time -- including the white motorcycle lamp at the eating counter!

Da Qing's blue jacket is on a hook by the door; he's also got a tire and a swing by the big window seat on the south wall.

There are just so many interesting things here!




Oh, and he also has a weirdly reflective thing over his stove. Maybe it's an exhaust fan?

To sum up: Zhao Yunlan has a vastly interesting home, and I wonder about the stories behind every single thing in it.

Comments

mecurtin: Da Quing in cat form, titled That Darn Cat (That Darn Cat)
[personal profile] mecurtin wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 06:01 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that the animal skull is a BEAR skull, but I don't know which species. Do we know if it's there before Episode 7, when Shen Wei trolls ZYL with BEARS? I looked at the scenes in the apt. in Ep 06 and couldn't see anything one way or another.
teaotter: Da Qing looks up (orange color scheme) (Default)
[personal profile] teaotter wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 07:00 am (UTC)
I'm willing to be persuaded that it's a bear skull! Do you have a good picture of it?

But I do think it's there in Ep. 6 -- there's the edge of something in the right place behind the couch in this photo:

mecurtin: Da Quing in cat form, titled That Darn Cat (That Darn Cat)
[personal profile] mecurtin wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 04:50 pm (UTC)
I see, yes there is!

I'm only up to Ep22 on my re-watch: do you have any good shots of the skull from later episodes?

I'll put together the images we've got with some comparisons at my place, then link back to here when we've got a consensus.

Edited 2019-04-14 04:51 pm (UTC)
teaotter: Da Qing looks up (orange color scheme) (Default)
[personal profile] teaotter wrote:
Apr. 17th, 2019 05:51 pm (UTC)
Hey, I think Shen Wei also has a bear skull at his place! Check out [personal profile] extrapenguin's Ep. 9 recap and look in the background of the "framing device" photo.
mecurtin: I am on the lookout for science personified! (science!)
[personal profile] mecurtin wrote:
Apr. 17th, 2019 06:03 pm (UTC)
Yes! It's clearly the same skull, but why did the Props Department use it in both places? Or is the skull stalking them?
teaotter: Da Qing looks up (orange color scheme) (Default)
[personal profile] teaotter wrote:
Apr. 17th, 2019 06:46 pm (UTC)
It's a secret sign of how sympatico they are. *nodsnods*

(From a Doylist perspective,[highlight to read] it's obvious to me that both apartments are the same set re-decorated. So I'm not surprised they re-used some props.)
yantantether: Zhao Yunlan smiling (Guardian ZYL smiling)
[personal profile] yantantether wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 07:57 am (UTC)
This is so useful, thank you! I just spent ages looking at them all. I'm weirdly fascinated by some of his decor, including the figurine of a bear (?) riding a motorbike that you can see on the shelf in the one where he's standing in the middle of the room in a white shirt.
[identity profile] dottedcalm.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 12:34 pm (UTC)
Could the figurine be this one (https://www.barkingbullies.com/products/motorbike-riding-french-bulldog-figurine-ornament)?
yantantether: Zhao Yunlan smiling (Guardian ZYL smiling)
[personal profile] yantantether wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 01:22 pm (UTC)
OMG you're a genius - it's definitely that one! And it does make sense as ZYL rides a motorbike, I wonder if it was a gift? (Da Qing thinks: why isn't it a cat)
[identity profile] dottedcalm.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 02:51 pm (UTC)
Ooh, if only the motorbike had a sidecar. Now, who should ride in the sidecar?
yantantether: Neil Gaiman's Death saying 'peachy keen!' (Default)
[personal profile] yantantether wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 04:07 pm (UTC)
Vaguely related: I did have a conversation with someone recently about how in Detective L Luo Fei should totally have a motorbike and sidecar, and small fighty rookie could ride around in the sidecar!
[identity profile] dottedcalm.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 05:22 pm (UTC)
OMG, it total should. It was the 1930's after all. Also, just answered my own quesion: it could work out for ZYL, SW, and DQ altogether like this (https://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_445295-Indian-Model-741-1941.html)--SID special mobile unit!
jo_lasalle: (zyl mirror)
[personal profile] jo_lasalle wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 08:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this! Will save these pics, that will be very useful!!

It is interesting that the apartment is so very specific. On the one hand, the level of mess and smelly fridge and gross leftovers etc. reads typical bachelor pad, but on the level of actual interior design, he seems to have made actual choices and have views and all; he didn't just move in and put up an armchair and a fridge and a TV.

Da Qing's blue jacket is on a hook by the door; he's also got a tire and a swing by the big window seat on the south wall.

Oooooooh! Lightbulb moment. Not that I'm opposed to the dirtier readings of that swing on principle but OF COURSE, THE CAT. Duh.

Edited 2019-04-14 08:22 am (UTC)
demitas: Bai Yu looking into the camera (Default)
[personal profile] demitas wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 06:52 pm (UTC)
It is interesting that the apartment is so very specific. On the one hand, the level of mess and smelly fridge and gross leftovers etc. reads typical bachelor pad, but on the level of actual interior design, he seems to have made actual choices and have views and all; he didn't just move in and put up an armchair and a fridge and a TV.

Yes, this! Even his mess is like... not that bad? Considering how bad it's supposed to be? There's a basic order to most of it, like he used to keep it clean but got busy and doesn't care that much so it's gotten messy, but a single afternoon's work would fix it right up again.
jo_lasalle: (sw porridge)
[personal profile] jo_lasalle wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 07:35 pm (UTC)
I've read somewhere (am no expert!) that it's actually pretty hard to make a room look messy on TV, like the camera 'cleans up' a space. I do think from the reaction to the fridge that he's a genuine slob. Just, with style, and he probably does appreciate it looking nice. (And fair enough that Shen Wei managed to clean it up pretty well in a night!)

I do wonder with some horror what the bathroom might look like. But maybe also don't want to know.
green: (guardian: WOW)
[personal profile] green wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 11:20 am (UTC)
THANK YOU SO MUCH

<33333

This is awesome.
rheasilvia: (Guardian - Style: Better Living)
[personal profile] rheasilvia wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 12:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you, this is very useful! The fridge placement is weird, but I've seen this in RL once, in an apartment where there was no room in the kitchen (or the fridge was too large for the alloted rom in the kitchen). I think the fridge is too tall to fit under the kitchen nook's counter.

I think the many lamps may be foreshadowing, actually - who knows what echoes may be coming down to ZYL through time...

And what I really want to know is what the odd platform next to the bed is. A number of rugs, Da Qing's tire bed and a low table are on it - is it really just a huge window alcove?

Headcanon: The many, many baskets are Da Qing's (he likes to sit in them). So is the animal skull (he likes to look at it and feel at the top of the food chain).
riventhorn: (SW made porridge)
[personal profile] riventhorn wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 05:00 pm (UTC)
*gasp* your icon! *loves*
rheasilvia: (Guardian - Style: Better Living)
[personal profile] rheasilvia wrote:
Apr. 15th, 2019 01:08 am (UTC)
Isn't it wonderful? It was one of my first Guardian icons, and it's made by the amazing [personal profile] tinny, who has a large selection of gorgeous Guardian icons.
goodgriefcharlie: shen wei and zhao yunlan at the side of the road (Default)
[personal profile] goodgriefcharlie wrote:
Apr. 15th, 2019 02:27 am (UTC)
And what I really want to know is what the odd platform next to the bed is. A number of rugs, Da Qing's tire bed and a low table are on it - is it really just a huge window alcove?

I'm actually really curious about this too -- especially because I think Shen Wei has a similar area in his apartment. Maybe it's a standard feature in Chinese apartments?
ranalore: (xiao guo is boggled)
[personal profile] ranalore wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is so useful, especially for the story I'm writing right now! I also can't help but compare all this to Shen Wei's apartment, which appears to be the same dimensions, but has a completely different layout (where ZYL's kitchen is, Shen Wei appears to have...possibly a solarium or sitting or meditation room, and I actually can't figure out where Shen Wei's squeezed in his kitchen, considering he's got his study set up where ZYL's located his bedroom). My current head canon is that the extra room we never go into in ZYL's apartment is the intended bedroom, but ZYL found it more efficient to put his bed in the main room, where he could stumble into it straight from the doorway, and where he had a clear path to the fridge, and the bedroom proper is stuffed to the rafters with detritus from all his abandoned interests. Shen Wei discovered this with a kind of horrified fascination, and now he may or may not be portaling it all, a piece at a time, to various Dragon City thrift shops.
lynndyre: Ye Zun - ooh! (ooh shiny)
[personal profile] lynndyre wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 04:24 pm (UTC)
Oooh, thank you for this!

It's such a weird fun apartment, it's absolutely full of character and deliberate - weird - choices, I wish we could poke through all the rooms. XD
lannamichaels: Astronaut Dale Gardner holds up For Sale sign after EVA. (Default)
[personal profile] lannamichaels wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you for doing this, it's really helpful! And a double thank you for the first image, I hadn't realized just how tight Shen Wei's trousers were. :D
riventhorn: (ZYL and SW on couch)
[personal profile] riventhorn wrote:
Apr. 14th, 2019 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! His apartment is so weird and interesting--there's lots to puzzle and ponder over. In particular, I'm very curious about what's written on the notes tacked up on that bulletin board.

Edited 2019-04-14 05:03 pm (UTC)
[identity profile] dottedcalm.livejournal.com wrote:
Apr. 15th, 2019 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The sets department sure had a good time with all the weird items.

BTW, there are more shots of the east side of the main room at the end of ep. 30. It looks like a small study. And the little fighter fish is still alive in ep. 31!

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