Celluloid Style: A Single Man

I only recently got to watch Tom Ford’s brilliant A Single Man that came out last year and received much adoration. It’s a visual feast, which is no surprise considering Ford’s aesthetic aptitude. This, coupled with the help of Mad Men set designer Amy Well’s efforts, created a perfectly 60’s set that embodied mid-century modern with precision.

I won’t divulge the plot details because it’s worth seeing yourself, but I will say that my favorite scenes took place at Charlie’s house, the character played by Julianne Moore. Below is her bedroom, with the over-sized Ikat headboard and her dressing table that features what looks like a white mohair lounge chair. Amazing!

In Charlie’s living room a rounded sectional takes center stage while George, played by Collin Firth, lights up her cigarette. Later, they end up on the floor atop her shag carpet.

Here’s how to get Charlie’s style: Buy this shag carpet, these lamps, this headboard, these drapes, and these pillows. And presto! You’ll be an over-the-top sixties phenom.


About Cate

Cate is a former decorating editor of a shelter magazine based in Manhattan, who has recently moved from the Big Apple to Charlottesville with husband and baby. An interior design enthusiast, she enjoys all things aesthetic.
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5 Responses to Celluloid Style: A Single Man

  1. Stephanie says:

    Wow. I must see this. What a gorgeously styled film.

    • Carissa Henriques says:

      It is a poignant and beautiful film. It felt like a short story told over a feature-length film, with every detail and nuance painfully (beautifully) brought to the viewer’s attention.

  2. Been wanting to see this one for some time now. Thanks for the visual reminder.
    It looks amazing!

  3. Daniel says:

    Nice images! Visual feast is right, and Ford’s use of color and lighting to communicate (Colin Firth’s character) George’s internality was quite impressive indeed; not terribly subtle, but not inordinately overt either.

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