In between episodes of The Vampire Diaries, I tried to better myself by watching the french film, Mon Oncle (1958). I went into it completely blind, so I had no idea how significant the set design was going to be. The movie takes place in two different over stylized worlds: the old charming French world of the uncle and the hyper modern world of his nephew's family.
What amazed me about these sets was that if I was tasked with making these sets today, they might look very similar. The old charming french set would still be made of aged plaster, broken shutters, and whimsical not-up-to-code building additions.
The modern set would still be rooted in geometry, have large windows, and be freely flowing between the indoor and outdoor space. And yes, this home is hideous, but remember, it is supposed to be a charactercher.
I went poking around on line to find some images that support my claims, and I stumbled on this website:
Totally enjoyable if you are a design/film dork like I am.
Oh, and one last thing. The film poster for Mon Oncle is lovely and it pops up from time-to-time. The image to the left is from the home of Veronica Sheaffer and Keith Dumbleton, Chicago, IL.