Throughout film history, movies have informed our sense of style. The costume designs for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde influenced fashion spreads in Vogue. For me, rather than dress like the leading lady, I’d like to live in her house, penthouse or manor. Apparently, I’m not the only one.
I was recently invited by the Hearst Corporation to drop by The Setai Fifth Avenue Residences, developed by Bizzi & Partners, for a tour of three homes featured in the annual Designer Visions event. This year’s theme — Cinema Style. The luxurious spaces were inspired by movies set in New York City and realized by top shelter magazines and interior designers:
- House Beautiful — Something’s Gotta Give
- Veranda — Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
- Town&Country — Six Degrees of Separation
Much like our homes speak volumes about us, the set design and art direction in a film are key to the realization of a role. Let’s look at how leading interior designers channeled the personalities of the leading characters.
THE PLAYWRIGHT & THE MUSIC PRODUCER: The Something’s Gotta Give apartment was designed by James Michael and Phoebe Howard for House Beautiful as the home where Erica (Diane Keaton) and Harry (Jack Nicholson) could live together and still maintain their individuality. As a whole, the apartment is sophisticated and subdued with flares of brightness and humor – grays and creams with a splash of brilliant yellow. I can totally see Keaton’s character sitting on this love seat wearing one of those fabulous white turtleneck sweaters.
“GREED IS GOOD” GURU: Veranda calls the apartment designed by Richard Hallberg for Gordon Gekko in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps “casually elegant.” All ex-cons should be so lucky. This black leather-walled office (jokingly referred to as Gekko’s “man cave”) looks like a set up where money would start printing itself. When I visited it, I found the wall of windows light and airy, balancing out the rich, dark walls.
THE ART DEALER & THE SOCIALITE: In the cult classic Six Degrees of Separation, Flan & Ouisa Kittredge (Donald Sutherland & Stockard Channing) are duped by Paul, a “friend” of their estranged son. After their privileged Fifth Avenue world is shaken up, Town&Country thinks they’d relocate to this stylish, yet farther downtown apartment designed by Steven Gambrel. With plenty of room to entertain and edgy art hung on all the walls, I think they just might be right. Gambrel was clever in his use of floor-to-ceiling curtains to convert the apartment from an every day living environment to an elegant party space.