The Great Gatsby

Calling it: Deco

I have decided to put myself out there and claim that Deco is going to be the next hot trend.  We lived through shabby chic, glam damask, industrial, mid-century, etc....and now it shall be Deco.

I know I might have been blinded by my love for The Great Gatsby, and my own long-standing personal tastes, but I feel like deco is on the rise.  

So I am going to start by highlighting this deco-ish light I notice:

The Optimus lamp has been released by the Barcelona-based design brand Tcherassi Vilató.  It was designed by Angelica Tcherassi and Jacob Vilató (who have amazing euro-designer names).

This is a perfect "calling it" example, because the lines and style are clearly deco, but it is wired for LED lighting, so it is not trying to pass as vintage.  It is a contemporary re-imagining of deco style.  

I will be keeping my eye out for more things like this.

Catherine Martin is the Great Gatsby

Catherine Martin (goddess), Jose Rodriguez (besty), and Emma Ross (me!)

Catherine Martin (goddess), Jose Rodriguez (besty), and Emma Ross (me!)

I just got back from the Oscar Nominated Production Design Panel Discussion, where I met an idol of mine, CATHERINE MARTIN!  She has spent the last twenty years creating the visual brand of Baz Luhrmann (production design and costume design), and everything she touches is flawless excess.  

I am proud to say I have seen all of her films in theaters, and she just gets better and better.


*******UPDATE: She won the Oscar for Art Direction and Costume Design!!! I never doubted it for a second.



THE GREAT GATSBY:  It is so beautiful my heart hurts.


AUSTRALIA: The Drover!!!

Howdy Catherine!

Howdy Catherine!


MOULIN ROUGE: It has been over a decade and words still cannot convey how incredible these sets are.

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Moulin Rouge 7.jpg

ROMEO + JULIET: I don't know why people bother remaking this.  After hundreds of year, Romeo & Juliet peaked.  

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STRICTLY BALLROOM: I actually saw this in theaters.  Thanks mom and dad.


Who is this Gatsby?​

I feel like I have have been holding my breath for The Great Gatsby to open, and it is still weeks away.  

Production Designer:  Catherine Martin

Production Designer: Catherine Martin

I have a particular affinity for deco, so this bedroom renders me speechless.  Who has shirts that are so starched and folded and perfect?! Who is this Gatsby?

All that aside, what got me thinking was how this film is meant to be the embodiment of the Jazz Age.  It is going to be lavishly unrealistic, set to to a hip-hop sound track.  We are meant to feel the same way about the decadence as old time-y people did, but the film is going to have to rev everything up to compensate for our modern sensibilities.   

Is that a zebra in the pool?!  What is happening?!!!!

Is that a zebra in the pool?!  What is happening?!!!!

Coincidentally, I just watched the 3rd season of Downton Abbey (aka Come For The Accents, Stay For The Lamps) which takes place during the same time period.  Downton seems to strive for realism.  In this season there is a young cousin who sneaks off to go to a London Jazz Club (SCANDAL!). 


Look at this party compared to a Gatsby party.  It is very drab and low rent.  However, when this scene pops up in Downton, after being drowned in extreme propriety, it is the bawdiest party in town.  

I guess what I am getting at is that all Gatsby had to do was have the Dowager Countess say some choice remarks early on, and they could have cut out half the glam.  Anything would seem like a Bacchanalia after that.