Olympia: Mr. Parker Pyne's Apartment . A master of darkness...a team of justice seekers...a city in fear...Welcome to Olympia... . Mr. Parker Pyne's simple flat in Upper Olympia serves as an office, home, and study hall for the ingenious detective. Filled with objects, treasures, and curiosities from around the world, Mr. Pyne's apartment is ground-zero in his fight against the mysterious evil plaguing Olympia.
Mr. Pyne at his desk, which sports a speaking phone and a lamp crafted from a dud Eurasian artillery shell (“Nearly landed on my head during the war, and I managed to put it to use! Haha!”) Mr. Pyne is currently studying a map showing the movements of the rouge battlenought ONS Inflexible under the command of a masked gangster known as “Red Jack”.
Poirot serves up some Victory gin for his hard-working employer. Meals, prepared by the souffle-expert Poirot, are brought up to Mr. Pyne's flat from the kitchen below.
A velvet sofa serves as a dumping ground for Mr. Pyne's mail and a stray pair of binoculars. It also doubles as a napping spot for the detective, who disproves of sleeping (“You can't get anything done lying about snoring your life away; Evil never sleeps...but neither do I!”)
An expensive ivory chess table, complete with piece-holders, sits against the wall; Mr. Pyne can often be found challenging himself to chess matches to stimulate his mind. A piece of modern artwork and a circular Eastasian map adorn the walls, while Mr. Pyne's conure “Ali-booba” haughtily preens on his golden stand.
A bookcase stands packed with books on various subjects such as science, physics, philosophy, and literature. A carved South American white-stone sits next to an ancient sexton and a stray ten-piece coin on top of the book case, while a gold-covered Middle Eastern war helmet (“A frightfully useless thing that I am nonetheless loath to depart with”) serves as a book end. A wall-mounted Norse dragon shield, 17th century globe, and stool made from a beer keg are nearby.
Mr. Pyne's chair is a curious piece of furniture: given as a gift from an African Zulu chief for his service fighting off Eurasian mercenaries during the war, this exotic-looking chair has been Mr. Pyne's favorite possession for many years; he claims its uncomfortable wood-backed design keeps him firmly upright, enabling his blood to freely circulate (“What wondrously clever people the Zulus are!”)
When guests visit or Mr. Pyne needs a boost of energy, the faithful Poirot is called upon to fetch various alcoholic beverages from this small desk.
Mr. Parker Pyne sole weapon, his trusty Webley .44 revolver, lies hidden with a cartridge box in his beverage desk.
The curtains and double Britannica windows are a classic example of Olympian architecture.
The flat emptied of people and furniture.
My favorite details from the flat: Mr. Pyne's desk, the chess table, coat hanger, bookcase, and sofa.
Mr. Pyne and the dignified Poirot, side by side, as they have been for years.
Every good detective needs an office, and I thought my Mr. Parker Pyne should be no different. Now, there are a lot of fantastic apartment/studies already out there by some of my favorite builders ( Einstein's Study Paul Vermeesch, The League of Explorers Paul Vermeesch, and 221B Baker Street Christopher Baldaaci to name only a few), so I was a bit befuddled on how to try and make my little flat (or "apartment" as they call it here in America) original. My answer came in the form of SNOT-ing the floor, which actually turned out rather nice and even. The furniture was extremely fun to make: the little chess board and coat rack are easily my favorite bits from the creation. I wish I could have made Mr. Pyne's flat bigger, but overall, I'm very happy with it.
More story and a new character are on the way..and I think you'll find him familiar ;) Stay tuned!
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