Top 8 Film Set Design (Our Designers’ Picks)

A great film is not just entertaining but also a great resource for design inspiration. We thought it’d be interesting to get the film buffs from our team to pick out the Top 8 Set Design. If you are someone that can be easily distracted from the narrative because of a sophisticated set design, check out the list below.

Grand Budapest Hotel – Old Department Store Turned One of The Most Iconic On-screen Hotel

Designer: Adam Stockhausen

  • Concierge-geometry | Bob Yeoman - Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • The Hotel's Lobby - Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • The Hotel's Lobby - Fox Searchlight Pictures

 

Squid Game – Set Design that Evoked The Power of Realism and Nostalgia

Art Director: Chae Kyoung-sun

  • Warehouse-informed room with bunk beds - Courtesy of Netflix
  • Circus-like set with glass bridge - Courtesy of Netflix
  • Oversized Children Playground - Courtesy of Netflix
  • Maze-like staircase hall - Image Courtesy of Netflix
  • Replication of typical Korean neighborhood alleyways in the 70s and 80s - Courtesy of Netflix
  • Replication of typical Korean neighborhood alleyways in the 70s and 80s - Courtesy of Netflix

 

In the Mood for Love – The Retro Colour Palette that Remains a Statement Despite The Comings and Goings of Trends

Production Designer: Kar Wai and William Chang

  • Old apartment set - Courtesy Jet Tone Pictures
  • Red Hallway - Courtesy Jet Tone Pictures
  • Main bedroom - Courtesy Jet Tone Pictures
  • Old Post Office - Courtesy Jet Tone Pictures
  • Old wall with posters - Courtesy Jet Tone Pictures
  • Red Hallway - Courtesy Jet Tone Pictures

 

The Great Gatsby – A World Drenched in Colours, Patterns, Layers, and Depth

Production Designer: Catherine Martin

  • The Balcony - Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • The Sitting Room - Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • The Grand Ballroom - Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Tom and Daisy’s Sitting-Room - Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Gatsby’s library - Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Tom and Daisy’s Sitting-Room - Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Myrtle and Tom’s Sitting Room - Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • The Grand Bedroom - Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

 

Inception – The Brilliant Design of Five Distinctively Complex and Simultaneous Worlds That Played With Our Minds

Production Designer: Guy Dyas

  • The Japanese Castle - Japanese-architecture influenced set | Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Penrose_Stairs | Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • The Japanese Castle - Japanese-architecture influenced set | Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Rotating Hallway Set | Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

 

2001: Space Odyssey – Defines Retro-futuristic and Museum-like Furniture

Production Designers: Tony Masters, Harry Lange and Ernest Archer

  • Master Bedroom | Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Space Lounge | Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Spaceship | Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Master Bedroom | Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

 

Crazy Rich Asians – Turning Abandoned Hotel and Ordinary Spaces to a Lustre and Yes, Rich World that Hits Cultural Touchstones

Production Designer: Nelson Coates

  • Wedding Location - Courtesy of Warner Bros.
  • The Young family ancestral home - Courtesy of Warner Bros.
  • The first-class cabin - built set - Courtesy of Warner Bros.
  • Nick Young's mother's home - Courtesy of Warner Bros.
  • The set of the $40 million wedding - Courtesy of Warner Bros.
  • The Young family ancestral home - green staircase - Courtesy of Warner Bros.
  • A view of the bachelor party set - Courtesy of Warner Bros.

 

Parasite – how an onscreen house that was built to prioritize blocking and camera angles made production design history

Production Designer: Lee Ha Jun

  • Park-family living room | Photo - Neon
  • Digital rendering of the Park-family house | Photo - Neon
  • Park-family house and garden - Photo - Neon
  • The entire set of the Kims’ street | Photo ⓒ 2019 CJ ENM CORPORATION, BARUNSON E&A ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • Still cut - looking into the kitchen from the living room | Photo - Neon
  • Extravagant display cabinet | Photo ⓒ 2019 CJ ENM CORPORATION, BARUNSON E&A ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • Kim-family apartment | Photo - Neon

 


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