I’m on the hunt, with the power of John Wayne and William Shatner combined, in hot pursuit of an alien-cowboy fusion room. You see, a few brave directors have traversed the Sci-Fi Western film genre. There’s Michael Crichton who directed Yul Brynner in Westworld (1973). Don’t remember that one? More likely you’ve heard of Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens opening in theaters today. Ticket sales will tell if gun-slinging cowboys and planet-crashing aliens can co-exist on the silver screen. The bigger question is…can the two motifs work together in interior design?
Thus, my mission.
I knew finding cool spaces with cowboy flair would be a cinch. Whether it’s Southwest Pueblo, honky tonk or rustic ranch chic, Americans “from sea to shining sea” love Western style.
Alien-inspired interiors proved a little harder to drum up. Sure, there are plenty of spaceship and robot rooms for little boys, but I needed full-on Alien vs. Predator style for this post. There aren’t many who specialize in this particular look; Iraqi designer Zaha Hadid appears to have single-handedly filled this void with her innovative and out-of-this-world buildings and interiors. But the aliens in Cowboys & Aliens are serious baddies, and I don’t get that vibe from Zaha Hadid’s work.
Something more sinister awaited me in this Swiss bar designed by HR Giger. The primeval biomechanical design is freaky deaky. Alien skeletons, catacomb walls, spinal chairs — right on! Cowboy-alien designs can’t be far away, right?
But hours of thumbing through search results and design mags produced zilch. After traveling to both ends of the themed-design spectrum, I’m still holding out hope that an alien-cowboy fusion room exists (and not in a galaxy far, far away).
Have you witnessed any sightings? Or, should we leave this match-up in the capable hands of Hollywood art directors and set decorators?
Tell us in the comments below.