Pop quiz: If you had to choose one movie or television show to watch based solely on the quality of the production's set design, which would it be? If you're an interior designer, the completely expected—though entirely deserving—answer has to be the Grand Budapest Hotel. Not only did it win big at last night's Golden Globes, nabbing the award for best picture, but it also proved most popular among some of our favorite interiors experts. Here's what they had to say about it.
“A visually inspired and inspiring universe! All of Wes Anderson's work is brilliantly studied (color, form, architecture , costuming, etc.)—I LOVE all the candy pastel colors when you don’t expect them. The genius in Anderson’s work is that he makes us realize that color and form are every bit as important as the people and story in a film.”
“The interiors on the Grand Budapest Hotel are classic and sophisticated, yet also have a spirited sense. They truly take you to another place and time. It is like a vacation for the eyes.”
“I love Wes Anderson’s interiors and films. They give off so much personality and originality. They have a moody, unique feel and the colors are very saturated and vibrant. I love the red lacquer walls, the purple uniforms, and the pink hues throughout the Grand Budapest Hotel as well as the wood tones mixed with the surreal lighting. He is a master and I love the distinctive feel of the interiors.”
“The production design of the Grand Budapest Hotel was perfection to me! The soft dusty pink of the hotel's exterior at its pre-war peak, the small red lacquered elevator, the deeper pink hotel rooms with vintage leather trunks, Mendl's pastry boxes, the deep wood marquetry floors with green baize walls at the family Desgoffe und Taxis Schloss Lutz, et al. It was a jewel box of brilliant design!”
“This year, the movie that has been emblazoned on my brain in Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel. Like all his films, the scenes are more a series of individual design tableaux than a motion picture. The gorgeous red elevator with the blue uniforms will stay with me forever! I have to give a huge shout out to my childhood friend and art director extraordinaire, Carl Sprague, who works regularly with Wes Anderson.”
For more movies and television shows the designers loved this year, click here.