Six of the most inspiring film sets

By Alice Hancock,
10th January 2014 - 17:29
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To celebrate the release of The Railway Man today and the auction of ‘Railway Man’ Eric Lomax’s personal collection at Anderson & Garland auctioneers on 15th January, we’ve come up with our six favourite films to get us up and out antiquing.

  1. The Great Gatsby (2013)

Baz Luhrmann’s no-holds-barred Gatsby segues from one glitzy interior to the next channeling a fusion of art deco flapper style with a 21st-century sensibility. The razzmatazz of the parties is one thing, but the genius of Luhrmann’s wife, Catherine Martin, who designed the set for Gatsby, is quite another. She leaves no small detail out, from gorgeous arabesque rugs to sumptuous lacquer furniture.

  1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Holly Golightly’s chic and cluttered New York apartment is the flat that all 20-something women covet. That sawn-in-half bathtub ‘sofa’ is a masterclass in inspired upcycling. Plus, any film that begins with shopping for pearls is a surefire hit.

  1. A Single Man (2009)

Tom Ford’s depiction of Christopher Isherwood’s moving novella is probably one of the best films to come out in recent years. Not only does Colin Firth look dapper throughout but the clean midcentury pieces in the John Lautner-designed house had us rushing off on a hunt for vintage Ercol.

  1. Midnight in Paris (2011)

Though the fiancĂ©e of Woody Allen’s hapless protagonist has rather more expensive tastes than we do (she contemplates spending €18,000 on an antique chair, above), Allen also shows them doing a spot of antiques hunting at the very same flea market we discovered on our recent vintiquing trip to Paris (which will feature in our March issue).

  1. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

A Stanley Kubrick film is guaranteed to feature an incredible interior or two, be it up in space, or down in the more secretive ballrooms and great halls of the cult masterpiece Eyes Wide Shut. The gothic arches and glittering chandeliers provide a stunning backdrop to intrigue.

  1. The King’s Speech (2010)

Colin Firth again (we are still not over his classic white shirt moment in the BBC’s 1995 Pride & Prejudice) though this time in a different era. Logue’s Harley Street consulting room is artfully faded in line with the Depression-era aesthetic and features a very covetable Regency couch.