Design in Film: Sleeper

December 1st, 2008 · 16 Comments

I’m married to a huge film buff, resulting in quite a few nights spent watching classic movies.  I have no problem with this, as I’m usually treated to quality works I’d never end up seeing on my own.  However, over the last few months I’ve become more aware of the use of design in each film, sometimes involving classic works of architecture, furniture or accessories.  As I find them, I’ll share them with you.

Per the recommendation of some very good friends, we’ve been on a little bit of a Woody Allen kick.  Over the past holiday weekend we had the chance to watch Sleeper, an incredibly off-the-wall comedy dealing with a cryogenically frozen clarinet player who wakes up 200 years in the future and is expected to save the world.  Most of the set design is pretty goofy, but I did notice a few key moments.

First, the movie was filmed in and around Denver, with a good part of the story taking place in the Sculptured House.  This home was designed by Charles Deaton who, among other things, is responsible for the ideas behind today’s modern sports stadium.  It’s a pretty striking house, perfect for a science fiction comedy.  Apparently it was for sale a few years ago for a mere $4,850,000.00.

Even more surprising than finding such a great house in a low budget movie was finding the widespread use of a timeless classic: the Verner Panton chair.  I swear, the best design always comes from Denmark.  Apparently Woody Allen knows it too.

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