Get The Look: BBC's Sherlock

Get The Look: BBC's Sherlock

Elizabeth Giorgi
Sep 26, 2012

I am "Sherlocked." If you're as obsessed with the BBC series Sherlock, which reimagines the famous sleuth as a modern day detective, then here's how you can get this scientifically chic look in your home and office.

Sherlock and Watson's flat is a live-work space to the extreme. This is how many of us live today, but even for Conan Doyle's original Sherlock, technology and science were always present.

In the series, John Watson blogs about his experience as a detective's sidekick and Sherlock takes in new business through his "Science of Deduction" website. The two love to squabble about everything, which is why it's no surprise that each have a distinct preference in the Mac vs. PC wars. Watson writes on a MacBook Pro, while Sherlock appears to prefer the HP Pavilion dv7t - 7000.

Surprisingly, when Series 2 aired, Sherlock appeared to have joined the legions of Apple fans when he traded in his BlackBerry Bold 9700 for the iPhone 4.

One of the most thrilling parts of the show is that text messages waft across the screen, like scribbled conversations in a cinematic setting. It gives you, the viewer, an inside look into Sherlock's brain. Similarly, the overall set design also feels like a look into his thoughts.

While you may not understand his deductions until the very end, the show's creators give you plenty of hints for how you can emulate his look. You can achieve a Sherlock-esque work space by focusing on four key elements:

Mixing vintage classics with modern pieces. For example, a 1959 Le Corbusier armchair is a staple of Sherlock and Watson's homestead. The chair is a difficult find, but Craigslist masters and flea market pros should be able to turn one up. You'll also notice it's flanked by an IKEA SAMTID reading lamp — one of the few things in the home that you can go out and buy right now.

Never fearing a good book or scientific artifact. In the original text, Arthur Conan Doyle always stressed that Sherlock's deductions were not based on whim or intuition, but rather deep scientific knowledge. The sets for the BBC series truly evoke this idea. The bison skull may seem arbitrary, but it is indeed a smart and impactful choice. In the show, you'll also find little items that reflect Sherlock's constant quest to keep his mind sharp, like the SudoKube, which mixes the classic Rubik's cube with Sudoku. You can probably skip beakers filled with fingers, though.

Avoid perfection. In fact, embrace chaos. There isn't a single scene in 221B that involves cleaning. Why? Sherlock and Watson are far too busy for organizing. Embracing chaos may even mean creating it, much like the spray painted smiley face on the classic Tangle Tree wallpaper in their home.

Be British. Very British. It just wouldn't be Sherlock Holmes without a few iconic British elements, like a map of the British Isles or a Union Jack Pillow.

Get this look:
1. Map of the British Isles from
2. IKEA SAMTID reading lamp
3. Bison Skull from Skulls Unlimited
4. Tangle Tree Navarre Wallpaper
5. Union Jack Pillow from Elle Jay Interiors
6. LC3 chair by Le Corbusier, which is very similar to vintage chair in the show
7. SudoKube
8. iPhone 4

(Images: BBC One)

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