Setting the Scene: Design in Film

In most films, interior design is lost in the plot somewhere and the average viewer does not pay much attention to the set design. For some films, interior design is a critical component, providing an important backdrop necessary to develop plot or character. Sci-fi flicks aside, you can gain some great inspiration from films.

In the film About A Boy, Hugh Grant’s flat is nicely polished in bachelor pad sort of way with a great collection of gadgets and cool furniture. Most notably cool are a pair of De La Espada lounge chairs (pictured above) in solid walnut with black leather. Unfortunately De La Espada does not have a store in Canada, but Ministry of the Interior in Toronto does carry the line.

In the movie Layer Cake, Daniel Craig’s bedroom is quite minimal with a simple solid walnut bed and nightstands. For the look, again try De La Espada for the Parallel Bed in solid walnut with matching walnut nightstands.

American Psycho was another film, which was firmly controlled in terms of look and taste. Like the crisp Brooks Brothers pinstripe suits and Oliver Peoples’ glasses of the day, Patrick Bateman’s apartment is meticulous and features a nicely edited ensemble of blacks and whites. The Barcelona chairs and ottomans are neatly arranged either side of the unassuming white sofa. For the Barcelona chairs and ottomans, contact Knoll Canada, while a similar sofa can be found in the form of the Neo sofa in ivory fabric from Design Within Reach, $3,000 or the Goa sofa in ivory from Perez, $3,900.

In Sexy Beast, the modern house in Spain that Ray Winstone’s character lives in is also a winner. Forget the over-upholstered bed with frills in the master bedroom and definitely forget his bright yellow Speedo. The stylishly hip and comfortable-looking patio furniture caught my eye. For similar pieces, try the David Niven collection from Lambert of Germany and distributed in Canada by Claus Pummer of Natural By Design.

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