Certain directors, they have a notable style. You can see a movie of theirs and just know it was them in the driver’s seat, even without having to look up the director credits. If you’re like us, you probably wonder if that distinct visual style and design aesthetic carry over into their own homes.
Tech company Brother UK wondered what it would look like if companies hired famous Hollywood filmmakers to design their offices. What might a Tim Burton-designed office space look like? Or Wes Anderson? Brother UK had the answer, designing visuals for what different offices might look like if certain directors famed for their aesthetic were in charge of designing them. The results are honestly amazing. Check ’em out – including my personal favorite at the end.
Baz Luhrmann’s style – theatrical, lavish – gets turned into an office space that looks like one part cabaret lounge and one part Classic Hollywood movie theater, with the office space being added as a hindsight. The swag-draped windows, running lights, and rich, velvet-upholstered futons incorporates Luhrmann’s opulent aesthetics, so often drenched in red. You’d almost expect that the curtains at the end of the office space part every day at noon for a lunchtime jazz performance. Which would be perfectly fitting for the director of so many musically-inclined movies, such as Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and The Great Gatsby. It wouldn’t be a Baz Luhrmann movie – or office space – without at least one show-stopping number.
This bright office perfectly reflects Wes Anderson’s whimsical, midcentury-obsessed style. The vintage orange-and-yellow color scheme is a reflection of Anderson’s love of pulling from the 60s and 70s for his color palette. The midcentury modern influence is everywhere, from the chrome accents, to the molded plastic desk chairs, to the round globe lights to the modular chairs placed around the room. Along with the retro design, the perfect symmetry of the room also reflects Anderson’s love of symmetrical blocking and set design.
Guillermo Del Toro
Creature features and comic books are Guillermo del Toro’s domain, and this office space reflects it. The bright, strong palette of reds, blacks and greens reflects both del Toro’s comic book and sci-fi B-movie influences. It could be an office space, or it could be a lab that holds the tanks of, say, Abe Sapien or the Amphibian Man, or a comic book scientist’s most dangerous experiments. The laboratory atmosphere is supplemented by the somewhat industrial design of long bench tables, metal bookshelves and lamps, and exposed pipework on the ceiling. And just to drive home the feeling you’ve stepped not into an office, but in a creature feature, the far wall features a lush jungle wall that might appeal to a misunderstood monster.
Cold. Sterile. Both futuristic and slightly sinister, the office space of Stanley Kubrick is all about minimalism but definitely not about feeling comfortable. Elements from his two most famous movies, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining are woven all throughout the office design: classic statues against stark white, modern walls, the iconic carpet from the Overlook Hotel, even the black monolith that looms at the end of the room. Kubrick’s office space is one where you feel the need to work quickly and efficiently to escape – assuming, of course, you can.
Should it surprise any of us that an office space designed by legendary Studio Ghibli creator Hayao Miyazaki feels like stepping into a lovely flower garden on a beautiful, late spring day? The traditional Japanese architecture that he incorporates into his movies feels less like a spa and more like a relaxing lounge. The naturalistic elements of Miyazaki’s office space reflect the symbiotic nature of man and nature that’s so often a theme in his films. No need for the lights to be on when natural sunlight streams through the windows. The plants tucked away in every corner and the repeated floral designs in a green color scheme bring nature inside for office workers. It’s tranquil, natural, lovely, traditional and whimsical – just like a Miyazaki film.
And last but not least, my favorite office…
This office so very much speaks to my inner goth and love of elegant industrial style. The low-lit space is done up with gothic touches befitting Tim Burton’s spooky aesthetic, including chandeliers made of lit candles and candelabras on the desks in place of desk lamps, and gothic cathedral pillars and window arches. Of course, a Burton-designed office space wouldn’t be complete without Burton’s signature black-and-white checkerboard pattern, incorporated into this office as the floor in the lounge area. Just like Burton’s movies, it’s a perfect blend of gothic and industrial – with just enough cozy touches to add a bit of dark whimsy. Honestly? I would live here. It’s basically my dream aesthetic.
Which one is your favorite?