We’ve caught up to the present with our blog series about interior design in famous films. Today, we’ll be talking about the interior designs in the moves of the 2010s. That means our list will only include movies from the past four years. You can revisit last week’s blog, where we wrote about Interior Design in Class Movies of the 2000s.
Sex and the City 2 (2010) – “You have to take the tradition, and decorate it your way.”
Whether or not you’re a fan of this film, directed by Michael Patrick King, you have to admit the interior design in the sets is impressive. The set was decorated by Lydia Marks and Jeremy Conway acted as Production Designer.
Inception (2010) – “The seed that we planted in this man’s mind may change everything.”
Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Production Design. The script and set designs pay homage to many famous architects and their works. Nolan described the film as being “set within the architecture of the mind.” This film tells the story of people who, with the help of modern technology, can travel through and create worlds in dreams.
Those who are familiar with architecture will notice that the character Eames (Tom Hardy) is named after Charles Eames and Ray Eames. They’ll also notice the Penrose stairs, which resemble M.C. Escher’s famous staircase. We can’t forget to mention the barrel chairs in Saito’s (Ken Watanabe) dining room, which were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Lastly, the character Cobb is named after Henry N. Cobb, a skyscraper designer. Note that the world Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mal (Marion Cotillard) create in their dreams is dotted with skyscrapers.
Midnight in Paris (2011) – “You’re in love with a fantasy.”
This Woody Allen feature won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for Best Production Design. Allen’s story takes us back to the roaring 1920s in Paris when Gil, played by Owen Wilson, time travels each night. Gil is a screenwriter and gets to rub elbows with greats like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway.
The filmviewer is transported to both the paris of the present time and the beauty of paris in the 1920s.
The Great Gatsby (2013) – “Gatsby believed in the green light…”
This Baz Luhrmann production won the Academy Award for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design and is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, which was originally published in 1925. Jay Gatsby’s (Leonardo DeCaprio) mansion, which was inspired by the high school Luhrmann attended in Australia, was created with an exterior set and the use of computer graphics. The film was released in 3D.
The interiors of Gatsby’s mansion were inspired by the trends of the 1920s and Art Deco, while the set designs within Daisy’s (Carrey Mulligan) house reflect Hollywood Regency. Nick’s (Tobey Maguire) home is a cottage with decorations inspired by Gustav Stickley.
Her (2013) – “The past is just a story we tell ourselves.”
This inventive feature film from author and director Spike Jonze tells a love story between Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) and Samantha (Scarlett Johansson). The only problem is, Samantha isn’t a person; she’s an operating system.
Her was nominated for Best Production Design and won the award for Best Original Screenplay. Art Direction was by Austin Gorg and Set Decoration was by Gene Serdena
Did you know, the film is set in Los Angeles, but many of the scenes were filmed in China? Chinese skyscrapers can be seen in many exterior shots.
This is it for our blog series on interiors in classic films. Thanks for reading along. In the future, we may post blogs that go more in-depth into the interiors of individual films. There’s just too much to be said about the production design and interior design in these successful films!