Mid-Century Design at the Movies

Some of the best mid-century modern design can be found, yes, at the movies! Set design is there in the background to help set the tone or mood of a film, not to take center stage. But there are some movies where you just can't help but fall in love with the set. And, if you are a mid-century design buff, there are lots out there to choose from. I searched the internet and came up with the following list of favorites:

The Graduate, 1967

Who doesn't remember this classic? Mrs. Robinson's earth-toned home is the epitome of the times.

The Fountainhead, 1949

Based on Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead focuses on an egocentric architect who puts his design integrity above everything else. The set captures the austerity of the MCM to perfection.

The Big Lebowski, 1998

I confess to not having seen this movie but the sets look fabulous! I'll put it on my movie list right away. I love this room - especially the pops of orange.

A Single Man, 2009

If I could have any of these interiors, I believe this would be it. Love the combination of wood, steel and leather and the large windows connecting the home to the outdoors. MCM at its best.

So get out the popcorn and settle in for some great entertainment!


 PS - Although not a movie, who can forget Don Draper’s fabulous MCM apartment (shown here as my featured image)?