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The Great Gatsby

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Opulent, decadent, grandiose, modern, symmetrical and drenched in deco inspired geometric flourishes. Welcome to Mr. Gatsby’s world ala Baz Luhrmann’s new period cinema.

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Home Decor Inspired by Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby

ChandelierMirror / Decanter / Pen / Side Table / Chair 

Home Decor Inspired by Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby

Art Deco Ad / Tea Kettle / Napkin / Cutlery Set / Dinnerware

“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Inspired by a post found via Fabulous K Style.

Art Deco(ration)

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Art Deco is a type of decorative style originating in the 1920s and 1930s, marked by precise and boldly delineated geometric shapes and strong colors. According to Patricia Bayer, author of “Art Deco Architecture: design, decoration and detail from the twenties and thirties”, the term “art deco” was coined in 1966, after an exhibition in Paris, ‘Les Années 25’ sub-titled Art Deco, celebrating the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts). Art Deco was particularly popular in the United States, Latin America and in the countries of France and Germany.

During the summer, a very particular form of tropical, palm-leaf flecked art deco enters my mind – that of the parrot feather colors of Miami’s art deco district. In 1979 Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Art Deco District is the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world and comprises hundreds of hotels, apartments and other structures erected between 1923 and 1943.

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I was reminded of my love for this district on a suburban jaunt to South Jersey for my nephew’s third birthday party! While picking up his Star Wars themed gifts, my boyfriend and I ran to the local Target! Target has a new promotion going on called “The Shops” which are curated collections from favorite small boutiques found all over America. One shop that particularly drew my attention was The Webster! The collection included apparel and accessories for women, men, kids and baby with a Miami, FL vibe. Taking inspiration from The Webster’s décor, the shop’s iconic wallpaper is reinterpreted into the banana leaf print found throughout the collection, while the two-way deco print pays homage to the Miami Beach Art Deco district. How perfect are these styles for a day in the sun and surf?

The Webster is a 20,000 square foot luxury multi-brand boutique located in the heart of Miami Beach, in a historical Art Deco building designed in 1939 by famed architect Henry Hohauser. The three-level boutique is devoted to fashion (men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and luxury accessories such as shoes, bags, jewelry and watches), photography and entertainment. n the former hotel lobby, you can sit and have an afternoon coffee, tea or simply a glass of Champagne. The Webster was started by two friends from the Paris fashion industry, Laure Heriard-Dubreuil and Milan Vukmirovic who dreamt of running their own boutique!

Image from Avram Rusu Interiors.

Miami Art Deco by Squiz Hamilton & Sabrina Bangladesh, found HERE. 

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Robert Courturier’s beachside villa entitled, ‘Tropical House by the Sea, HERE.

Another Robert Courturier house, this time on Vero Beach with an Egyptian Nile meets Miami Beach vibe.

The famous “Martinique” Banana Leaf wallpaper, found at Indochine, NYC.

What place reminds you of the vibrant colors of summer? What equatorial cities leave you reaching for the SPF and donning a floppy straw hat?

Silver Screen Scenes (4)

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Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley is set in the late 1950’s. Highsmith was a Texas-bred, American novelist who is known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers which have led to more than two dozen film adaptations. The movie’s plot revolves around a New Yorker, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever who was a lavatory assistant, is sent to Europe to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, named Dickie Greenleaf. When Mr. Ripley’s errand fails, he takes extreme, bizarre, and unique measures to make the jet set lifestyle’s privileges his own. The strange, eerie and atmospheric cinematography, set design, and costumes fit the story beautifully.

The movie was mainly filmed in Italy with landmarks in the cities of Rome and Venice used as a backdrop for the narrative. Released in 1999, one of its initial reviews  by Andrew Sarris for The New York Observer writes, “On balance, The Talented Mr. Ripley is worth seeing more for its undeniably delightful journey than its final destination. Perhaps wall-to-wall amorality and triumphant evil leave too sour an aftertaste even for the most sophisticated anti-Hollywood palate”. Most critics, and more importantly, audiences agree that this film is an intelligent and suspenseful exploration of artistry, scenery, and ethics.

The backdrops and filming locations are described as “lusciously seductive”. Using a patchwork of European locales, the film recreates an Europe of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Mr. Ripley leaves from New York City to arrive in an Art Deco Palermo and then off to the the fictional Italian resort town of ‘Mongibello’. The director interprets this as the actual Ischia Ponte, Ischia, Italy.  Most of the street scenes are filmed in the closely San Rocco, Corricella, Procida, Italy. For complete information on the meticulously crafted locales, go HERE.

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At one point, Mr. Greenleaf stays at the ACTUAL St. Regis in Rome. European, Renaissance opulence at its finest.

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The Bottega Veneta Suites at St. Regis designed by Tomas Maier, found HERE.

St. Regis Rome Designer Suite’s Living Room. Situated in Rome, the capital city of Italy and of the Lazio region.

Designer Suite Entrance to the St. Regis Rome, Detail, image found HERE. 

One can recreate the lifestyle by surrounding oneself with plush fabrics, italian busts, marble countertops, art deco accents, colorful facades, gilded mirrors, woven persian rugs,  atelier urns, ornate chandeliers, wicker cafe tables, European mannerist paintings from the 16th century. The key is lavish, exuberant, and ostentatious details! This bric-a-brac of items can be found throughout several scenes in the film, with a particular focus on mirrors (as an esoteric and philosophical challenge to Mr. Ripley…who is he?).  Believe it or not, comfort isn’t exactly what these spendthrifts are about.

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