Cinema Style: A Blog About Design and Movies

Cinema Style: A Blog About Design and Movies

Catrin Morris
Jan 6, 2011

I love movies almost as much as I love interior design. So imagine my delight at stumbling across a blog about design, set decoration and style trends on the big screen. Talk about eye candy — and brain candy!

The brainchild behind Cinema Style: Design, Inspiration and Trends in the Movies is Cathy Whitlock, an author and designer whose articles have appeared in various design mags, including Traditional Home (where she is a contributing writer), Veranda, and Architectural Digest. Whitlock penned the book re-de-sign: New Directions For Your Career in Interior Design Career (Fairchild Books, 2009) and has just released a new book, Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction.

Whitlock knows film and she knows style. She writes clearly and with authority. And the blog is crammed full of sumptuous images and informative commentary.

Here is just a sampling of the fun posts you can find on the blog.

1. Italian glamour in Oceans Twelve. This is an interior shot of the Toulour character's mansion overlooking Lake Como. I am drooling over that mirror and the wallpaper. Shame there was so much other eye candy in that forgettable movie or maybe I would've noticed the set design.

2. Uber-modern set design on Ugly Betty.
Cinema Style points us to an article in Interior Design magazine about the ultra fun and ultra modern set design for the ABC show. White gloss egg chairs and Todd Bracher desk on an Hermes orange area rug in the co-editor's office.

3. A 1950s Italian home as imagined in The Talented Mr. Ripley.

4. Jonathan Adler gets inspiration from Pillow Talk. Whitlock recently asked interior designers "What film(s) have influenced your designs?". Jonathan Adler picked Pillow Talk, a 1959 movie with Doris Day. Adler explains that "Day plays an interior designer and her apartment couldn't be more chic. I particularly love her color scheme — it's mostly grey and white but with pops of jewel tones. I often think about that palette when I design."

5. Italian Eye Candy in I Am Love
Milan's Villa Nechi, which served as the setting for I Am Love, was built by Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi in the 30s and decorated by Tomaso Buzzi in the 50s. As the New York Times notes, it's a "modernist palate cleanser in a city chocked full of palazzos."

Images: 1: Warner Bros. 2: Interior Design/Eric Laignel. 3: Miramax. 4: Universal Pictures 5: Magnolia Pictures.

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