Ready, Set, Design!
Like many interior designers, I got my first taste of incredible design via reruns of old movies and shows on after-school TV. That includes everything from Mary Tyler Moore’s chic studio to the fantastic apartments of Rock Hudson and Doris Day in the ultimate ‘60s rom-com Pillow Talk. Looking at those fabulous sets truly made me want to live in (and design) spectacular spaces!
Stanley Kubrick’s production design for the movie 2001 awed the world. And it still does.
Think movies sets can’t impact the real world in real ways? Nancy Meyers’ set decor for films like Something’s Got to Give has definitely influenced me as an interior designer. And she single-handedly altered American kitchen design! So many people have left her movies and immediately asked for kitchens that looked just like the ones they saw on the big screen. It’s been a phenomenon.
In more recent years, I’ve been tremendously influenced by Broadway scenic design. They do so much within narrowly defined configurations, so it’s pushed me to examine how space can be used in new ways. Restraint, with a little spectacle…
The stage design of Wicked has always stuck with me, as an entire fantastical world was recreated on stage via an intricate standing set with stunning backdrop projections.
And of course, all of us lucky enough to see Hamilton were blown away by the minimal, revolving stage where the cast members actually carried the props to decorate every scene. Just spectacular choreography/set building in front of our eyes!
All of which brings me to the point of this post - for my fellow Houstonians, and anyone visiting Houston on August 25, the Houston Theater District is having its annual open house from 12p-5p. It includes behind-the-scenes tours of Houston’s performing arts venues, as well as well as preview performances and musical singalongs, and is capped by a performance of the Houston Symphony at 4pm. It’s free, and there will be food trucks, so bring the family and make a day of it! More info here. I hope you can attend, it should be blast!
And who knows - out there might be another young person who is being inspired by the set designs they see to create gorgeous interiors in the future! Bravo!