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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Stunning Art Deco set design of "The Great Gatsby" | MOVIE INTERIORS

The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors 


   The Great Gatsby, an adaptation of Scott Fitzgerald's novel, has most certainly been one of my favourite movies when it comes to the set design. I also loved it for Leonardo DiCaprio but it was the absolutely spectacular set that completely blew me away, so let's take a closer look at it.
    The movie is set in the 20s and the Art Deco inspired interiors are the reason to watch this film. Why "art deco inspired"?Well, the set designer, Catherine Martin, didn't try to recreate Art Deco interiors with historical precision but rather show us the atmophere of the Roaring Twenties and Gatsby's fantasies coming true and, as Tobey Maguire said "“Baz (Baz Luhrmann, the director) and his team built this spectacular world that brings you back to a version of the 1920s—one that also kind of contemporizes it. It’s the ’20s as the characters might have experienced them." The rugs for example, designed for the movie by the set designer herself have a contemporary spirit. They are perfect for modern interiors.
    The Roaring Twenties, ah what a period! Societies after the World War I threw away ancient traditions and started living it up. In US skyscrapers were practically popping out and the cities became what they are now, buzzling with life, industry, opulent parties and (jazz) music. The art was flourishing as well, forms were innovative, interior design was changing. The in vogue Art Deco style featured richly polished exotic woods, dramatic geometric forms inspired by skyscrapers, mirrors. We see all this richness and living life to the full in the movie, with the stunning sets not only serving as a background. They actually live their own life thriving when Gatsby is at his top, to sadly fade at the end od the movie.

    Creating the sets alone for Gatsby required a huge amount of work as 42 different sets were created. Only to create Gatsby's mansion took the team 14 weeks to build, paint, and decorate (grand ballroom, library, master bedroom, entrance hall  and terrace  as well as the garden).
    Look at the photos below and if you still haven't seen the film - do it.


The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
Gatsby's mansion
The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
Gatsby's mansion
The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
Gatsby's mansion


The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
Gatsby's mansion - the ballroom

The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
Gatsby's mansion

The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors 
 The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors


The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
Gatsby's mansion and Catherine Martin's rug



The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors

The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
Gatsby's mansion and Catherine Martin's rug
The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
Gatsby's mansion
The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
floor in the mansion - strong contrasts, geometrical forms, typical Art Deco floor

The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
Gatsby's bedroom and Catherine Martin's rug
The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
Gatsby's bedroom and Catherine Martin's rug


The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
Nick Carraway's modest cottage, influenced by Arts and Crafts movement (the green tiles)
The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors

The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
Nick Carraway's modest cottage

The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
An apartment where a wild party was held a short time later, you can almost feel the tension coming thanks to the vivid red color

The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
The outfits are also amazing

The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors


The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
Catherine Martin's rug
The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
collection of Martin's rugs

The Great Gatsby set design, art deco interiors
Hello there, Leo! ;)


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2 comments:

  1. Nice but not exactly art deco which is more controlled than that.

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    1. That's why I wrote that the movie sets are only art deco inspired and that "the set designer, Catherine Martin, didn't try to recreate Art Deco interiors with historical precision but rather show us the atmophere of the Roaring Twenties and Gatsby's fantasies coming true" ;)

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