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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.

Something's Gotta Give

Photo: Francesco Lagnese

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.

wall street apartment

Photo: Laurie Fenton

“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.

six degrees of separation

Photo: Laurie Fenton

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.

So, what’s my ideal cinema style? Bronte’s (Andie MacDowell) apartment from the 1990 film Green Card. What I wouldn’t do for that central atrium and lush rooftop garden. How about you?


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7 Responses

  1. Angel_Pony01 says:

    Hello Everyone~

    Thought I'd give myself a birthday present and sign up in here-I've been a huge fan of this place and space what seems 'forever' so it's kinda fitting that I do so-hope it'll be fun and I'll meet lots of nice and fun people in here :) !!!…….

    Too~Happy Birthday to anyone else whose birthday falls on or near my own-have a Great One!!!….

    ~God Bless All-'Angel_Pony01'…….

  2. CplusE says:

    The horse ranch in the original version of "The Parent Trap" (with Hayley Mills) would be my idea of heaven! The '60s interior design appeals to me, although I would have to update it, especially the electronics and appliances. I love the thought of country life with contemporary style (I call my personal design style "rustic contemporary").

    • Anna says:

      That's a good one! I have so many favorites. Victorian…the house where Judy Garland lives in Meet Me In St. Louis, Jean Harlow's boudoir in Dinner at Eight, any of the Art Deco penthouses in the Fred & Ginger movies, like Top Hat, the Craftsman in Inception and the bachelor pads in Pillow Talk, Down With Love and A Single Man.

  3. Ruth Kimball says:

    Love love this site. I wish they had the set from Breakfast at Tiffanys. The sixties has great design elements.

  4. seranapearlin says:

    It looks really awesome, I really like this cinema style design, really amazing, it's interior really looks great, really nice one.

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