What is it that makes Lydia Marks’ set designs so special and so recognizable? For sure it is the modern glam look in the case of Sex and the City (1&2) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006). But it is primarily her love for details. In the interview for New York Design Center, Marks – a set decorator and residential project designer at Marks&Frantz – said:
In Miranda Priestly’s office in DWP [The Devil Wears Prada], she had a beautiful leather notebook (we put some special notes in it too), a silver pen, and a few small dishes on her desk that held office supplies that looked like they came from travels she may have taken or gifts from someone.
The set design is great. The movie is great. Meryl Streep is unbeatable (as usual). No matter how cold and Machiavellian her Anna Wintour-inspired Miranda Priestly was meant to be, she is still likeable. One of my favourite lines from the movie? When during staff meeting, Miranda asks about the accessories for the April issue of Runway (a fashion magazine modelled on Vogue). Her reaction to her editor’s suggestion is priceless: “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”
This common sense, sharpness and clarity of thought seem to define Miranda and prevail in her office design, which is my inspiration for today.
The office is light, with glass and metal elements and black contrastive spots (chairs). I love the table in the background and the lamp on the desk. The walls full of framed photos and a gorgeous octagonal mirror complete the look. No wonder that Marks&Frantz have just been voted among the “Best of Houzz Design” for the second consecutive year. Congratulations!
Trivia: Apparently, after the movie was released, Anna Wintour had her New York office redecorated.
I must tell you that when I saw the Devil Wears Prada and then Sex and the City (see my post on Carrie’s apartment here), I knew straight away that their sets must have been designed by the same person. And to me, these projects will always stand for the New York inspirational glamour.
See what I’ve found:
Veranda has recently published a list of 12 most memorable Meryl Streep’s homes (DWP is among them). I’ve done The French Lieutanant’s Woman (see here) – but it was rather the exterior (Lyme Regis harbour) that was my inspiration there. You can also check how I stylized the kitchen from It’s Complicated (2009).