Production Design

Something's Got to Give

Something's Got to Give (1962) - Dean Martin's mid-century home.  It's full of beds, but he won't take his new wife, Cyd Charisse, to bone town.   

Something's Got to Give (1962) - Dean Martin's mid-century home.  It's full of beds, but he won't take his new wife, Cyd Charisse, to bone town.   

I just watched Something's Got to Give, Marilyn Monroe's last (partial) film, and she is more stunning than ever.  I was going to make a joke about how she is not as stunning as that daybed, but that would be lame because there is Marilyn, and then everything else.  

If you want to get the look, West Elm has a remarkably similar model.  

Widow Daybed $550

Widow Daybed $550

Dean Martin stops by a hotel, dotted with Mid-Century Sunshades.  I love these, and I don't know why they aren't more readily available.  Design Within Reach sells one, but it is $1000 and only comes in white (two things that make no sense), and there are a few more options at inmod (but still so overpriced).  

I just don't get why this product doesn't have a version on Overstock or Amazon?  The construction seems fairly standard, and it does not use any more material than other $200 patio umbrella's on discount sites.  Someone make this please.

Now that's what I call well designed.

Now that's what I call well designed.

Somewhere in America

Somewhere (2010) - The pool at the Chateau Marmont

Somewhere (2010) - The pool at the Chateau Marmont

I finally watched Somewhere (2010), Sophia Coppola's fourth feature film, and loved it (more than anyone who reviewed it on line).  A  majority of the film is set at the Chateau Marmont, in Los Angeles, with decor ranging from relaxed elegance to hideous 90's.  

Above all, I love the pool.  It's brick/white/navy blue color scheme is American glamour.  If it weren't for the tropical vegetation, this pool could be part of a Hampton's estate.  

The Wallpaper is Back

A while back, I wrote about the wallpaper in Mad Men vs. The Americans.  The thesis was that cutting edge wallpaper in the 60's, would become mass produced by the 80's and used in suburban homes.

Mad Men - 1960's

Mad Men - 1960's

The Americans - 1980's

The Americans - 1980's

Now there is another data point:

The Skeleton Twins - Gay bar on Dyke Night

The Skeleton Twins - Gay bar on Dyke Night

The trailer for The Skeleton Twins was just released and The Americans's wallpaper is featured in a bar set.  This would fit with the thesis because this bar probably put this wallpaper up in the 80's and has spent the next 30 years regretting it. 

Halt! I have seen that before.

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1, Episode 1 - Conference room in a tech company from back in the day.  

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1, Episode 1 - Conference room in a tech company from back in the day.  

I watched the first episode of Halt and Catch Fire, and was pleasantly surprised.  There are some great, smart-mouthed, characters, and dated computer tech.  The last scene takes place in a conference room that looks mighty familiar.  

   Dr. Strangelove (1964) - Director: Stanley Kubrick, Production Designer: Ken Adam

 

Dr. Strangelove (1964) - Director: Stanley Kubrick, Production Designer: Ken Adam

Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove

It all started with the War Room in Dr. Strangelove.  Someone thought of hanging a drop-down, over-sized light fixture above a conference table, and the rest was history.  

This style of lighting will be forever linked with serious decision making.  When someone sits under these lights, their face is illuminated, and the rest fades away.  It is a place for a Master-of-the-Universe to share their thoughts. 

John Oliver's Last Week Tonight recently brought our attention to the design of the FIFA board room, which was directly modeled after Dr. Strangelove.  He jokes that the people who run FIFA are pretty much evil overlords, and their decor does nothing to disguise that.   

FIFA

FIFA

The Hero - A place for heros to "beast" it

The Hero - A place for heros to "beast" it

I also had the great privilege to work on the TNT show, The Hero, where the Production Designer, Stuart Frossell, created his very own War Room (I picked out those horrendous modern sculptures, per the producer's request).  

Me and The Rock!

Me and The Rock!

Catherine Martin is the Great Gatsby

Catherine Martin (goddess), Jose Rodriguez (besty), and Emma Ross (me!)

Catherine Martin (goddess), Jose Rodriguez (besty), and Emma Ross (me!)

I just got back from the Oscar Nominated Production Design Panel Discussion, where I met an idol of mine, CATHERINE MARTIN!  She has spent the last twenty years creating the visual brand of Baz Luhrmann (production design and costume design), and everything she touches is flawless excess.  

I am proud to say I have seen all of her films in theaters, and she just gets better and better.

 

*******UPDATE: She won the Oscar for Art Direction and Costume Design!!! I never doubted it for a second.

 

 

THE GREAT GATSBY:  It is so beautiful my heart hurts.

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AUSTRALIA: The Drover!!!

Howdy Catherine!

Howdy Catherine!

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MOULIN ROUGE: It has been over a decade and words still cannot convey how incredible these sets are.

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ROMEO + JULIET: I don't know why people bother remaking this.  After hundreds of year, Romeo & Juliet peaked.  

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STRICTLY BALLROOM: I actually saw this in theaters.  Thanks mom and dad.

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