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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Our Top Five Favorite Movie Architects

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Architect seems to be the favorite job for movies to give a certain kind of character. Here’s a look at our top five fake architects, all for various reasons. Please add yours to our list in the comments section. And apologies to Gary Cooper for leaving you out, but I liked the book a lot more than the movie.

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5. Richard Gere in Intersection (1994). Yeah, this movie bombed at the box office, but the building they chose to pretend Gere’s character built was a superior choice. It’s the Musuem of Anthropology on the University of British Columbia campus, designed by architect Arthur Erickson and built in 1976 (with a stunning landscape designed by Cornelia Oberlander). The fact that the movie pretends this was designed and built in 1994 shows how successful and surprisingly timeless the mix of brutalist concrete and glass and how well it fits into the landscape are.

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4. Michelle Pfeiffer in One Fine Day. This tale of one woman trying to have it all is exhausting, and her work situation doesn’t seem all that realistic, but the breaking of the model, well, anyone who has ever dealt with one sure felt that pain. Man though, that is one ugly building, huh? I think the model deserved what it got.

3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 500 Days of Summer (2009). We gotta give this movie props for being ahead of the chalkboard paint wall tipping point, and for using it better than anyone else has to date. I loved the way it fit in with the sketchy architectural graphics used in the movie as well. A broken heart and reassessment cause this sweet lovestruck man to drop out of the greeting card business in the funniest way ever, and rekindle his true passion, architecture. Plus, his love of architecture provides a lot of special moments from his favorite bench that overlooks the city. Kudos.

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2. Matt Dillon in There’s Something About Mary (1998). Pat Healy is the fakest fake architect around. He claims he’s working on a soccer stadium in Santiago Chili, he skirts his way around answering what the difference between Art Deco and Art Noveau is, and he has a pocket full of Napelese coins. Chompers is an all-time sleazy favorite. And a big part of his sleaziness is that he’s claiming to be an architect when he’s not.

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1. And our favorite movie architect is … drumroll please … Steve Martin! The problem is, we can’t decide if we find him more appealing as the hapless Newton Davis HouseSitter (1992) or as the self-defeated sensitive guy who is giving Meryl Streep the kitchen of her dreams in It’s Complicated (2009). Well, who would redo that perfect Nancy Meyers movie kitchen anyway?”  Newton Davis reduced me to a puddle, laughing on the floor when he sang “Toorah Loorah Loorah,” so the winner is HouseSitter. We look forward to seeing Martin play another architect soon.

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Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Valley Girl ’80s Style Is Back

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I caught myself watching one of my favorite movies from my youth this weekend, 1983′s classic Valley Girl, and it was still like as totally bitchin’ as it was when I first saw it at age 11. It is all this movie’s fault that I sound stupid by saying “like” all the time. The fashions that once seemed so completely dated and ridiculous, now THIRTY YEARS OLD, were  looking pretty fly to me again.

Royal blue is enjoying a resurgence right now, in fashion and home design. We’re digging the punch of electric blue on the powder coated base of the Eastvold Elko Credenza:

And in the Brooklyn style of the Build Your Block Contemporary Building Pillow:

You know that line about “before you leave the house, remove one thing” (I think Coco Chanel or Diana Vreeland said it). Anyway, the Vals did the opposite, they were very into accessories and would look in the mirror before leaving the house and then add five more things, including a bandana:

Today, we can take that Valley Girl love of accessories and boil it down to a more modern look, with one colorful statement ring like this one from fruitsuper:

Instead of ’80s heart-shaped sunglasses, go for a fun heart-shaped necklace (also available in “HIS”):

Finally, you can shop at the mall like a Valley Girl, but those plastic bags are grody to the max! Find something that’s way better for the environment and your outfit, like Flowie’s Market Totes:

We also love remembering boom boxes. The Analog Nights Pillow from Aimee Wilder brings me back to the ’80s but has an updated and fresh retro look:

Gratuitous pre-dinosaur egg purchasing Nicolas Cage shot:

Valley Girl Bonus: Moon Unit Zappa’s hit song interpreted by the Solid Gold Dancers.

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

Movie Sets 2012: Moonrise Kingdom

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As we close in on Oscar night, I’m trying to remember all the movies I saw in 2012. It’s kind of funny how quickly some of them fly out of your head while others make a deep impression. The one with the best sets and locations that most captured my imagination was Moonrise Kingdom.

They nailed a moment in time that brings on nostalgia, a time when kids would lie on the floor around a record player or a board game together. The beach house and its nautical paintings, braided rugs, splashes of plaid and its nooks and crannies  reminds me of renting funky beach houses full of second-rate furniture for two weeks every summer. There’s also a timeless sense of New England that’s never gone away. This style includes Grey Gardens-esque hand-me-down wicker furniture and madras pants.

From the house we move over to the junior camp and discover that someone is missing from his plaid-lined tent with another the braided rug:

Next we get to climb up into the most ridiculous secret tree/clubhouse we’ve ever seen:

Speaking of perches, one of the most picturesque lighthouses provides the perfect lookout:

Running away takes the star crossed kiddos through amazing locations from vast fields to wonderful woods full of rock outcroppings and secret beaches:

The spaces tell us about the characters, whether it’s how a kid chooses to furnish a tent or the fact that the local sheriff spends most of his time in small spaces, from the tiny island police station to the small trailer he lives in.

Did any movies sets leave an indelible impression on you in 2012? Let us know in the comments section.

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Thursday, August 12th, 2010

In Honor of The 25th Anniversery of St. Elmo’s Fire…

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…May I present Demi Moore’s hilarious, glamorous at the time Georgetown apartment:

JULES: So, what do you think?

KEVIN: Very, uh, subtle…and very pink.

It was decorated by her neighbor Ron:

What’s funny is that it has some touches that remind me of Kelly Wearstler’s current Bravura Modern phase. Very Eighties Miami Vice (what is that thing hanging from the cabinet?!?!):

The piece de resistance is the huge Billy Idol face on the wall, complete with neon light earring. Unfortunately, I could not get a clear shot of this, but you get the idea:

What was most baffling was this clown that remained after Jules’ creditors came an cleaned her out. Apparently the repo men were scared of clowns:

Going back to the beginning of the movie, I can see this thing SAT ON HER BED! Really? Look closely at this bad picture from my tv:

It’s funny, this was really the only set that seemed ridiculously dated. The rest of them are as ageless as Rob Lowe’s face. I’ll share them with you in another post, as this one is getting to be way too long!

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Between the Sheets – Sex and the City

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I really enjoyed the post over at Elements of Style about how to get the look of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment renovation. I decided to chime in with a few products from the movie you can find right  here at Design Public! We spied this bedding from Dwell Studio in Mr. Big’s apartment and Charlotte’s apartment:

Click on the pics above to find out how to get your own Sex and the City sheets!

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