For inspiration I often look to the movie theatre. I am constantly amazed by the ability of the set designers to transport me to another world by creating spaces that suggest such powerful feeling. I imagine it would be an incredibly satisfying profession to see your design work brought to life on the big screen. How do they get so lucky………?
Although recently I wondered what the pressure might be like to bring The Hunger Games to life. The books created a world that contrasted complete poverty with high tech opulence. This lead me to the discovery of a new word while writing this post; Dystopien. For those, like me, who did not already possess this word in their vocabulary, it refers to (according to Wikipedia) a community or society that is, in some important way, undesirable or frightening. It is the opposite of Utopia. Obviously I needed to sound clever and include this new word in the blog title 😉
I personally thought the visual reproduction of this book was stunning. The genius belongs to the author Suzanne Collins but credit needs to be awarded to set decorator Larry Dias. The homes and neighborhood in District 12 brought to life a miserable existence where hunger, cold and desperation are unmistakably visible.
The shift to luxury is discernible as soon as Katniss and Peter embark on the train towards the Capitol.
On arrival in the Capitol the transformation to extreme opulence is obvious but hideous. The extravagance is palpable but there is no tenderness to it, everything is gaudy and assaulting.
So the point I’m alluding to is that a good design can speak multitudes, and although my previous sentence finished with the word assaulting and this is not the atmosphere I aim to create when decorating, it is this ability to bring feeling or sensation to a space that I try to duplicate when designing a room. Perhaps this comes from me often wondering “Why can’t life be more like the movies?”………..