The Suburban Aesthetic of John Hughes

Did any filmmaker better capture middle class 1980's suburban America in look and feel than director, producer and writer, John Hughes? In memory of his passing today, we look back at some of our favourite films from our childhood era by Hughes, all which perfectly recreated the suburban aesthetic of living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and stores recognizable all across America as suburban America (LA suburban households looked remarkably similar to homes in Weird Science, Pretty in Pink and She's Having a Baby despite their Midwestern settings)...

Though rich with fond memories for all of his late 80's and 90's fims, our favourite John Hughes' movie unsurprisingly remains the hooky-playing fantasies of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a film that spans across traditionally decorated homes, to art museums, to modernist interiors with oh-so-choice cars inside, toured with the cocksure attitude of our teenage years. Some of you might remember earlier this year the delectable Midcentury garage/home from the film went on market.

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What was most remarkable about John Hughes films from a set perspective was how natural all his movies looked to the eyes of a middle class preteen/teen movie goers from all parts of the nation. Though the angst and romance may have been dramatic, the settings felt authentic, down to the pillows on the couch and the towels in the bathrooms. There was very little exaggeration from a decorative perspective; the homes characters lived in, the places they worked, the businesses they frequented all remained believably suburban, if only highlighted by the once again popular 80's fashion that punctuated the films. Suburban viewers from all across the nation recognized themselves and their lives in the hodge podge decor of the Griswald's home in Vacation, vibrantly portraying the 80's new wave decor in Pretty in Pink, or the newly grown-up furnishings of yuppie life belonging to Jake and Kristy in She's Having a Baby. If anyone understood the power of reconstructing the rooms we moped in, the places we hungout with friends at, or the often unremarkably normal spot we shared our first kiss at...it was John Hughes.

Though perhaps not inspiration for any future decor, we'll always fondly remember his films for being a snapshot of the world we once lived within. And also for planting the eternal hope that a young Kelly LeBrock will one day materialize from our bathroom...it's been reason enough to keep it cleaned and organized ever since.