Mon Oncle

Mon Oncle at the beach

This portable grill caught my eye because it is called Mon Oncle, and I thought it had something do with the movie (which it doesn't other than it looks cool).  It is made by a Spanish design company, RS Barcelona, and they jazzed it up to look like vintage briefcase.  

If after five uses, it still looks cute, then this invention is genius.  But, if it looks like a suitcase pulled from the wreckage of a plane crash, then it probably isn't worth it.

Mon Oncle est très courant

In between episodes of The Vampire Diaries, I tried to better myself by watching the french film, Mon Oncle (1958).  I went into it completely blind, so I had no idea how significant the set design was going to be.  The movie takes place in two different over stylized worlds: the old charming French world of the uncle and the hyper modern world of his nephew's family.  

What amazed me about these sets was that if I was tasked with making these sets today, they might look very similar.  The old charming french set would still be made of aged plaster, broken shutters, and whimsical not-up-to-code building additions.   

The modern set would still be rooted in geometry, have large windows, and be freely flowing between the indoor and outdoor space.  And yes, this home is hideous, but remember, it is supposed to be a charactercher.


I went poking around on line to find some images that support my claims, and I stumbled on this website: 

Almost Famous: 13 Houses from Major Hollywood Films

Totally enjoyable if you are a design/film dork like I am.

Oh, and one last thing.  The film poster for Mon Oncle is lovely and it pops up from time-to-time.  The image to the left is from the home of Veronica Sheaffer and Keith Dumbleton, Chicago, IL.

You would like to read more about the set design of Mon Oncle, check out this link of Globally Gorgeous.