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Earlier today, we shared the first half of our interview with The Hunger Games set decorator Larry Dias. Keep reading to learn more about what went into the process of creating the set!
CasaSugar: Where was the chandelier above the dining table sourced?Larry Dias: The "chandelier" was actually comprised of 50 to 60 separate fixtures from Arteriors that we arranged off site and installed into the cantilevered overhang on stage. It was built into a wedge that floated over the dining table that came to a very shallow point. We had to put one of the set dressers inside the wedge to do the installation and wiring so we picked the smallest guy and in he went. A claustrophobic environment to say the least.
CS: The chairs at the dining table are so futuristic, and I love the pleating effect. Where were these sourced?LD: Those chairs are made by the Phillips Collection [note: photo above is from Phillips Collection, not from the film]. Buyer Margaret Hungerford found them in High Point in North Carolina. We decided they were perfect for the set since we were looking for something that was a little "off center." They are made of strapping similar to seat belting and are woven around a wooden frame. The texture and silhouette of the chairs read wonderfully on film.
CS: Since Lenny Kravitz also has a design firm, did he have any feedback about the set? Did you collaborate together at all? (The high pile rugs in the penthouse reminded me a bit of his designs.)
LD: He gave some really positive feedback. He seemed to thoroughly enjoy the sets. By the way, the high pile carpeting was area rugs that we fused together because we had to cover an area that was quite large.CS: I loved Katniss's bedroom quarters. What went into your look for her room? How did you choose the color palette?
LD: Phil and I were trying to come up with a bed that anchored the room, and we were really playing with color. We couldn't find anything that wasn't too recognizable so he designed it on his computer and we built it. The paint is a high-gloss lacquer, and the upholstery was this amazing patterned velvet Margaret had found. The faux fur spread was an homage to Katniss's hunting prowess.CS: I also loved the row of organic, macrame-look pendants behind Katniss's bed. Where did you source these? How did you come up with the idea for these lights as a focal point?
LD: Those fixtures are actually made of wire. They are a group of pendants from a company called Shine Labs in the Bay Area. I thought they had great silhouettes so I bought a number of them and played around with some configurations, and that's what we ended up with.
CS: What went into your inspiration for President Snow's Capitol home? What
time period particularly influenced you?
Have you seen The Hunger Games yet? What was your favorite part of the set design? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Film photos courtesy of Lionsgate
Watching The Hunger Games at a press preview, both Angela and I were scrambling to jot down notes on the fantastic set design showcased in the film. Now, we have the answers to all of our set design questions. Set decorator for The Hunger Games Larry Dias was integral in making the film come to life, from the Appalachia-inspired homes seen in District 12 to the opulent palace of President Snow. Dias was nominated for an Oscar for his production design work on Inception, and he's worked on the set design for films including The Village, The Last Airbender, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Keep reading to find out more about the process of designing the look of The Hunger Games.
CasaSugar: I read that much of the decor for District 12 was sourced from local antique shops in North Carolina. How were you inspired by these antiques, and how did the look for this district develop?
Larry Dias: When [production designer] Phil Messina discovered the North Carolina location that serves as District 12 in the film, it just made sense to utilize the local antiques sources. In the book, District 12 lies within what is formerly known as the Appalachians. It could not have been more perfect. We found a number of dealers that had an abundance of unfinished "as is" antiques with rotting wood, peeled finishes, broken drawers, and rusty hardware, and they were items from the region. It was a perfect fit.
CS: The train car seems to have an art deco feel. Was this an influence for the look? How did you decide on the color palette and wood choices? What items did you include that seemed particularly important for these scenes?
LD: Phil came up with the design of the train cars, and the palette was an early idea that we toyed with changing a number of times but we always went back to the blue. The velvet I used in the upholstery was from Dedar, and at first we were having some trouble having it fit within our time frame. It was milled in Belgium, if I remember correctly, and we tried numerous times to find a replacement close to our original choice and just could not find a suitable one, so we played the odds and got it at the last minute. I'm glad we did because it had such amazing depth and was a really regal-looking hue that ended up being the perfect complement/contrast to the muted blue dress that Judianna Makovsky had designed for Katniss.
A funny thing is the barrel chairs that play prominently were pieces that my buyer Sara Gardner-Gail found online, and they were really inexpensive but had the perfect shape. I had the legs cut off and added a swivel platform base, had them painted and upholstered, and they looked like the finest antiques. One of the things about set decoration is that you have to be ready to improvise as well as accommodate change. Unlike the design of, say, a hotel lobby where everything has been drawn in will not change, a film set is quite the opposite. Once the actors, camera, and crew are in the set, furniture starts flying, literally.
First, just to accommodate the cast and crew, usually at least one half of the set will be cleared of furniture, then as the shots and camera angles are being set up, the director may decide he needs things to rearrange a bit to accommodate a scene. It can be a little improvisational so having a few extra chairs, lamps, or occasional pieces hanging around is a good thing.
Keep reading for more of our interview with Hunger Games set decorator Larry Dias!
If you've somehow missed the boat on learning about the Titanic's tragic but legendary maiden voyage, then you're in luck. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the historic barge's sinking, and a New York-based Titanic exhibition, a new television series, and the 3D release of the iconic movie featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are all opening this month. Inspired by the Titanic's opulent decor and rich historical references, we've dug up authentic photos of the immaculate boudoirs, decks, and dining halls that filled the ship, as well as stills from the Titanic miniseries and 3D film. As a fun challenge, we also hit the market looking for home products that capture the look and feel of the Titanic. Check out this slideshow for rarely seen photos, sneak peeks, and more!
We're absolutely smitten with the look of Wes Anderson's new film Moonrise Kingdom. Retro-inspired scout gear, ranging from Davy Crockett hats to fishing creel purses, has us longing to recreate a quirky outdoor adventure of our own. We have our eye on inventive accessories like corkscrew wine glass holders ($14 for a set of two) that can easily be staked into soft soil. Or a portable seat ($60) with multiple reclining positions that comes in an electric lime hue.
Of course, if the weather won't comply, you can always revert to everyone's favorite childhood pastime – fort building! Only this version meets the style and comfort requirements of adults and can be left up until you tire of it.Brilliantly built around a plush sofa, this fort allows you to eliminate floor squatting. Below the sofa, a vintage style suitcase serves double duty as a wanderlust prop and a convenient place to set drinks or stash extra blankets. Brightly striped throws look sporty but polished, and a fringed cotton rug straddles the line of easy indoor-outdoor living.
To get started on collecting items for your Moonrise Kingdom-inspired adventure, shop the items below!
Last night on Mad Men, the first episode of season five opened with a look at Don and Megan Draper's impeccably decorated Manhattan high-rise. With white carpets, colorblocked wood cabinets, and plenty of iconic late '60s accessories, this is an apartment that's obviously seen the touch of an experienced and hip decorator — a fact we learn later in the episode, when Don and Megan rue the fact that a surprise party's messy guests mean that the new carpet must already be replaced. Keep clicking for a closer look at the apartment and to see which elements of the room are still in style today — and if you want to get the look for yourself, check out these fab pieces on EcoSalon.
Photos courtesy of AMC
For the promotional photos for Mad Men season five, each of the main characters is shown reclining in, or leaning against, a very particular chair or bench. Given that creator Matt Wiener is incredibly exacting about every detail of the show, it seems obvious that each seat was a very deliberate choice. Keep clicking to check out each character's seating choice and to hear what I think it means for the character. I'll also help you track down each piece, in case you're interested in finding similar seating for your own home.
Photo courtesy of AMC
Patterns played a huge role in '60s style, both in fashion and interiors. While modernism introduced bold geometric patterns inspired by op art, fresher twists on classics like stripes, plaid, florals, zebra, and window pane check were prevalent. The Mad Men crew sport eye-catching patterns in this scene from season 5. Keep reading to check out retro-inspired spaces that use these patterns and contemporary products you can buy to steal the look!
Photo courtesy of AMC
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A fitting reference for a show about modern day fairy-tale characters, we couldn't take our eyes off of the enchanted forest wallpaper spotted in Once Upon a Time. The print's smokey hues pair perfectly with the pops of chartreuse paint, caramel-colored banquettes, and checkered floors on set.As the episode title references, it's all about the thrill of the hunt, and we were delighted to discover the source of this enchanting woodland print. Hailing from Graham & Brown, the Mirage wallpaper design comes in five shades ranging from plum to mustard. Usually, I'd skip the neutrals in lieu of more colorful options, but after seeing the fun color combinations on the Once Upon a Time set, I think I'm sold on the charcoal!