1. September 2010 19:09
Last weekend, while taking a large group on a Mackintosh tour of Glasgow, Juliet at the Glasgow School of Art told me of an interesting design blog, ‘Upstaged by Design’ http://upstagedbydesign.wordpress.com/ The blog highlights furniture design in films and has a couple of Mackintosh related stories.
The most recent post is 'The Architects of Simplicity' about the film Inception. The film is a contemporary sci-fi action film set within the architecture of the mind and has Leonardo DiCaprio playing the lead. Inception was written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan.
The sets were inspired by a mix of Japanese architecture and Western influences. As mentioned in the blog, at the start of the film, there is a scene where the Cashiers Chair from the Willow Tea Rooms appears in The Dining Room. This is reminescent of Blade Runner where the same chair designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh appears in Deckards apartment. So not original.
The Cashiers Chair from The Willow Tea Rooms
Even the light fixtures, both in the Japanese dining room and in the main hall appear much like fixtures designed by Mackintosh for The Hill House and Windyhill.
Leonardo DiCaprio stands in the main hall of a Japanese house under Mackintosh style lighting fixtures.
Upstaged by Design is an excellent blog and definately stimulates the mind. Good Luck.