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Oscar Movies Inspire Design

This was an excellent year in movies, as reflected in the 2017 Oscar nominations, announced this morning– some of these films, like Lala Land, nod directly to design trends of the past, others, like Captain Fantastic are more abstract. They are ahead of the curve. They are the odd-ball trend-setters. Others, like Jackie, are timeless in their depiction of art in society. Read on to see our favorite 2017 Oscar movies that inspire design:

Lala Land

A nostalgic look at old Hollywood in the form of a modern musical.

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Design Inspiration: Old Hollywood, Color Block, Indoor-Outdoor Living

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Hollywood Regency in Palm Springs by designer David Jimenez
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Hidden Figures

The incredible untold story of the brilliant African-American women working at NASA.

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Design Inspiration: Home Offices/Libraries, Midcentury Modern, Plaid

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Midcentury Office Inspiration via The Pursuit Aesthetic

 

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Captain Fantastic

A father’s quest for sustainable living off-the-grid with his six kids.

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Design Inspiration: Small Spaces/Yurts, Boho Chic, Sustainability

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Jackie

An expose of the life of first lady Jackie Onassis.

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Design Inspiration: The Oval Office, Rich Hues, Antiques, Tailoring

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Alexa Hampton designed, Mead & White building in Manhattan, Alexa Hampton installed custom bookcases that curve with the walls of the oval library.

 

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Moonlight

A coming-of-age drama, celebrating love and identity.

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Design Inspiration: Miami, Neon, Tropical Motifs

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Manchester By the Sea

A splice of life drama taking place in a sleepy seaside town.

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Design Inspiration: New England Seaside, Nautical Motifs, Cozy Knits

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Oscar Movies Inspire Design

In general 60’s-inspired designs took front and center in film this year. We saw lots of midcentury modern, lots of high-contrast, and lots of wood-paneling–not dissimilar to the interior trends gracing the pages of our favorite design magazines over the past couple of years. All of the films featured, regardless of style, have one thing in common (aside from being Oscar-nominated): The sets became characters in their own right; the locations are all intrinsic to the story. Let us know which of this year’s films inspired some of your designs!

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