Collection by Eujin Rhee

Interior Design in 8 Classic Films


Cinema is having a little moment right now—the annual Sundance Film Festival is just about to wrap up and awards season is currently in full swing. We take a look at eight classic films, each lauded for their visually striking set designs. From the dramatic minimalism of Bernardo Bertolucci's Il conformista to the technicolored world of Michael Gordon's Pillow Talk, click on through to see some classic film design inspiration.

Jacques Tati's 1958 French comedy, Mon Oncle, about one man's struggle with postwar France's fixation on modernism has...
A Gumby-green tubular bench sits well next to the black pod-like floor lamp.
Here Monsieur Hulot (played by the film's director, Jacques Tati) rifles through a cupboard in the all-white kitchen.
A man and woman sit in custom-made chairs next to an angular fireplace.
Il conformista (1970), Bernardo Bertolucci's adaptation of Alberto Moravia's 1951 novel, was the second collaboration...
Off-white symmetrical walls each feature a mythical motif. From Il conformista (1970), directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
Late Autumn (1960), the third to last film from Japanese director Yasujirô Ozu, features elegant lines, beautiful...
The kitchen is the most colorful room in the house. From Late Autumn (1960), directed by Yasujirô Ozu.
Traditional Japanese patterned wallpaper line the walls in the bedroom.
Louis Malle's lighthearted 1960 comedy, Zazie dans le métro, tells the story of a rebellious little girl who is forced...
A candy cane-patterned room curtain jives well with the sea green table and bedding.
Here Zazie's reflection gets magically quintupled. From Zazie dans le métro (1960), directed by Louis Malle.
Michelangelo Antonioni's first color film, Il deserto rosso (1964), is a stunning portrayal of a woman trying to...
Giuliana (played by Monica Vitti) cradles a dark taupe armchair.
Pillow Talk (1959), directed by Michael Gordon, is a romantic comedy about an interior decorator who falls in love with...
From Pillow Talk (1959), directed by Michael Gordon.
Considered his first serious drama, Interiors (1978), directed by Woody Allen, is an intriguing portrait of human...
From Interiors (1978), directed by Woody Allen.
La Chinoise (1967) is a French political film directed by Jean-Luc Godard about a band of young Parisian...
A bright yellow floor lamp stands tall next to scribbled messages on the black chalkboard walls.

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