5 movie set designs I love and what makes them so good | Knowledge and joy

Picture of Norney Grange (The Dig film set): Savills

I grew up with Turner Classic Movies playing in my childhood home. I saw Casablanca,, Gone With the Wind,, Breakfast at Tiffany’s,, Singin ‘in the Rain,, An American in Paris, and all the Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire movies. They have influenced so much of my life, all the way from my personal style to the way I decorate my home.

The movies I have seen in my adult life have had a similar effect. As much as I fall for the actors who bring these stories to life, I am also often engrossed in the film scenographies created around them. WHO CREATED THIS WORLDI still often wonder.

Today I share a look at five of the movie scenes I love the most.

01

Call me by your name


There is so much to love about this movie. First of all, the story breaks your heart, it is so beautiful. Then there is the design. From the surroundings to the HOUSE to al fresco meals to the pool … everything is an absolute dream.

02

It is complicated


This 2000s movie is so popular on TikTok for two reasons:

1. Meryl Streep
2. THE KITCHEN

The film is one of the influences for the “coastal grandmother” trendwhich I relate to on a deep, deep level.

03

Crazy rich Asians


This movie is one I like to watch when I’m sorry and just need a big ole pick-me-up. Not only is it a fantastic rom-com, but the sets are also over the top and absolutely JOYFUL. Architectural Digest made a great review of how they obtained such lush and sumptuous sets. That wedding is still alive in my mind, rent free!

04

Grand Budapest Hotel


Every one of Wes Anderson’s films makes this interior lover’s heart pound as a teenager falls in love. They just do it for me. Designed in Grand Budapest Hotel is in a league of its own, in my opinion. Who else could take pink, red and purple and make them one of the most beautiful performances in the cinema?

Image: Fox Searchlight Pictures

05

The Dig


I can admit that I have not seen this movie yet, BUT I have seen pictures of the home where it takes place. And wow. A key point for the film, Norney Grange, was built in the late 1800s and has an entrance with wood paneling, library, beautiful fireplaces and lots of period details. It’s beautiful and I’ve also heard good things about the movie.

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