Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Design Inspiration: A Clockwork Orange

I first saw Stanley Kubric's A Clockwork Orange when I was 15. Even though I was shocked by the violence in the film, what really got my attention was the wonderfully bawdy and colorful set designs. Based on the 1962 novel by Anthony Burgess, it was filmed in 1971 and set in the not too distant future. Its always interesting to see what is considered futuristic design when looking at films from the past. Much of the films decore is sexually explicit...especially in the cat lady/yoga instructor's home. It must have been the filmmakers thought that in the future, people would be more open to sexual displays...wow, how wrong they were! Seems like like people are more uptight than ever about sex nowadays....but I digress...back to the movie sets. Here are some inspirational photos from the film that have really inspired me in my decorating scheme....although I will admit...there are no penis statues to be found in my home. I managed to find a very interesting website which discusses what happened to many of the items and artwork used in the film.

11 comments:

Paul Vela said...

I love all of this. As a matter of fact, I'm doing a painting inspired by the Clockwork Orange design morale.

Jorge said...

my parents decided to make me an own room, i've been sharing it with my brother, i'm 19 he is 16, our actual room was recently changed, it has now new colors, new beds, carpet, and pictures of iconic artists on the wall, we were inspired by rock n roll!!!!for my own room i want something more futuristic, with a music vibe, but more artistic than just pictures....have u seen an actual room inspired by this movie. i love it, but i wan to see an excecuted idea, i want to use orange in the walls, like "wallpaper" with white and orange circles, do u think a mannequin will loook right and be useful as a table!! it sounds crepy and amazing!!!!! i want it!!! send me some ideas please!!!

SUZY8-TRACK said...

Jorge: When you mentioned your room it immediately made me think of this: http://www.unplggd.com/unplggd/diy-project/old-vinyl-lps-make-for-one-badass-room-divider-105126

Hope this gives you some inspiration for your room.

SUZY8-TRACK said...

"http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/boston/house-tours/house-tour-anne-amp-todds-gropius-meets-victorian-condo-boston-070456"

The above link is to the entire house tour. I love the orange walls, the spaghetti swag lamp and of course that fabulous LP room divider.

Anonymous said...

I have been in love with that bedspread since I was a teenager. I don't know anything about it either, but, being an audiophile, I DO know what turntable it is.

It's a Michell Hydraulic Reference. Michell Engineering still exists and their turntables are still just as beautiful...

/Christoffer, Sweden

SUZY8-TRACK said...

Thanks for the information on the turntable...now I have to find one! It is incredibly beautiful. Sadly, after much searching, there is very little information known about the bedspread used in the movie. All I know is that they were manufactured sometime in the early 70s, but apparently weren't very popular or perhaps not made to last which would explain why it is impossible to find one.

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Jonathan said...

Hi - I BELIEVE the bedspread is an Italian design. I could SWEAR I read that somewhere. Looks like a friend of the people who did a lot of the Olivetti typewriters from the era LOL !

Jonathan said...

by the way- a tiny correction on the turntable issue - they were made by a company called 'Transcriptors' not JA Michell - Michell only later were permitted a license to reproduce and manufacture the repro of the design - you can read more about everything related to this at http://www.transcriptors.net/

Jonathan said...

sorry - too many comments here - i've made it a bit of a mission. but THIS should get you pointed in the right direction. Werner Panton were only a handful of lifestyle manufacturers but I think it's definitely the right zeitgeist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrsSTYtsxQI