Mex­i­can wave

Add a lit­tle Latino flavour to your in­te­rior by draw­ing on the set de­sign from one of this year’s most cel­e­brated films

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - By Neale Whitaker -

BRoma,Ro­maRo­may to­mor­row night we’ll know which movies have won this year’s Os­cars. In the run­ning for Best Pic­ture (and nine other award cat­e­gories) is Mex­i­can di­rec­tor Al­fonso Cuarón’s a re­mark­able film on many lev­els, not least of which is the fact that it was made ex­clu­sively for Net­flix with a young, Mex­i­can wo­man with no prior act­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in the lead role. No spoiler alerts here – I’m not re­veal­ing the plot – but one of the things I loved most about is its de­pic­tion of Mex­ico City at the turn of the 1970s. The film’s nom­i­na­tions rightly fo­cus on act­ing, di­rec­tion and cin­e­matog­ra­phy, but the au­then­tic­ity of its set de­sign is Os­car­wor­thy, too. No sur­prise that is also up for a pro­duc­tion gong. From an in­te­rior de­sign per­spec­tive, I pre­dict the fu­sion of 1970s style over­laid with a Mex­i­can pal­ette will be in­flu­en­tial this year. The film’s first min­utes re­veal a home in Mex­ico City’s mid­dle-class Roma dis­trict – tiled floors, a sweep­ing stair­case with dec­o­ra­tive, wrought-iron balustrade­s, mid-cen­tury side­board and comb-back din­ing chairs, lux­u­ri­ous house plants, glass-fronted book­shelves and a seated Bud­dha. The Art Moderne ex­te­rior re­minds me of Deco-era Mi­ami or Ha­vana. It’s not a glam­orous home, but it feels so

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