Mid-Century Design in Film: The Tree of Life

Mid-Century Design in Film: The Tree of Life

Annie Werbler
Jun 9, 2011

While we can't promise the film's narrative thread (or lack thereof) will interest everyone, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life undoubtedly shows some great examples of typical middle class family life in the 1950s among the mid-century furniture we have come to regard as extraordinary.

Malick has a rare ability to create beautiful pictures in every frame. While moving through the family's home, the camera stumbles upon original mid-century Eames and Knoll pieces at every turn. It is a subtle gesture and the furniture blends seamlessly into the setting, the work of production designer Jack Fisk.

Our favorite things are the large-scale patterned drapes in the public rooms, and the many interesting chairs found throughout the house.


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