Desk Design Inspiration from Wes Anderson Films

Desk Design Inspiration from Wes Anderson Films

Elizabeth Giorgi
Jul 3, 2012

Watching a Wes Anderson movie is a visual delight. His rooms are always full of just the right amount of detail from the eras he captures, and the offices and workspaces his characters work from are no exception.

Office designs can easily veer into the realm of practical over beautiful, but the workspaces in The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom all contain a perfect blend of vintage charm with practical insights on how people actually work at the desk.

Margot Tenenbaum is a playwright and she's so successful that by the ninth grade she was awarded a grant for one of her works. It's no surprise that her workspace would evoke whimsy and creativity, but there are a few key elements here worth stealing. First, writing by a window is a great way to soak in some sun on long afternoons. Modern screens can make it difficult to pull this off, but with the right angle and a proper window cover, you'll love this tip. Also, don't be afraid of a bold wallpaper in the office. Even though it's not a high traffic spot, you're destined to spend a lot of time here - so it should be visually inspiring to you.

Fantastic Mr. Fox looks like it could have been made 50 years ago. It's that authentic. Badger, who is voiced by Bill Murray, is Mr. Fox's lawyer and his office is the perfect setting for a lively discussion between the two. I am the type to accumulate piles in my office. Piles of photos. Piles of books. Piles of files. Then in a frantic haze, I'll try to clean it and organize it. Badger's office is piled high too, except in this instance it looks beautiful. The piece of advice I've gleaned from this room: piles are evidence of hard work, so don't sweat it.

Anderson's newest film, Moonrise Kingdom, is beyond cute. I love the fact that the outdoor and indoor spaces flow into one another, so you get a real sense that these characters truly appreciate and love nature. This is especially evident in Captain Sharp's office. Sharp, played by Bruce Willis, keeps all his favorite outdoor hobbies close by, including his fishing supplies. If you love to ski or bike or swim - bring it into your work space.

1. Kreme Life Birds Wallpaper (Available in other colors)
2. Anthropologie's Swing Stripes Curtain
3. Retro Tape Dispenser from Urban Outfitters
4. Vintage Remington Typewriter on Etsy
5. Vintage Push Button Phone on Etsy
6. Fox iPhone 4/4S case on Society 6
7. Ikea Hemnes Bookcase in Gray-Brown

(Images: As linked above, The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox trailer, Moonrise Kindgom trailer)

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