Iconic movie directors are well-known for their unique visual styles and unforgettable spaces.
With that in mind, the team at Budget Direct decided to give 2020’s most loathed room - the home office - a cinematic makeover.
The pandemic meant that millions of people have been asked to work from home. But as the lockdown restrictions are slowly lifted in different countries, many companies have confirmed that they will continue to ask their team to work remotely.
What started as a response to the crisis has now transformed into the new normal for many employees around the globe. So now it’s the time to think about creating a workspace at home, instead of just winging it on the kitchen counter.
Taking inspiration from the likes of Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola and David Lynch, the team reimagined WFH spaces in the style of 7 highly-visual film directors:
From Bong Joon-ho to Pedro Almodovar, each director’s vision is distilled in a new series of homeworking concepts:
1. Sofia Coppola
Interiors-wise, Sofia Coppola is best known for the dark, deluxe modernism of the hotel suites in Lost In Translation. But picture-for-picture, Coppola has developed a soft focus vintage look populated with pastel colours and an eye for exquisite bling.
2. Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson becomes less of a filmmaker and more of a designer with every film he makes. Today, the Rushmore director is the ultimate architectural filmmaker. Anderson shapes the space of his film sets with symmetry and flat composition to present his characters in a world that is part theatre stage, and part expressionist dream world.
Our Wes Anderson home office dials it back to The Royal Tenenbaums era. We’ve combined organic colours and curated clutter with meticulously angled furniture. The back wall says, “this is where I’ve been.” The books and records say, “this is who I am.” And that vintage desk, aimed squarely at visitors, says “looks like I’m here to stay.”
3. The Wachowskis
The Wachowskis shot to success and helped define our image of the 1990s with The Matrix, their second film. The movie and its sequels share a cyberpunk aesthetic that has become fun and iconic just because – as it turns out – the internet age doesn’t really look like that. Well, it can if you want a Wachowskis-themed study.
Our Wachowskis office represents the collapse of everything. Spot the post-industrial fixtures and fittings, abandoned 1980s office furniture, and repurposed wood and signage, for example. The Matrix home office makes a cool DIY project for an upcycler with an imagination.
4. Bong Joon-ho
Korean director Bong Joon-ho achieved international fame in 2019 when Parasite became the first non-English-language film to win an Oscar. But cultured film-lovers were already familiar with his work, from the cool, satirical Memories of Murder to the Kubrick-tinged sci-fi of Snowpiercer.
Joon-ho’s diverse filmography has not prevented him from developing a consistent visual style. Glassy modernism with a hint of the wild is the way to go, with careful attention to light sources: large windows with natural light, glowing screens, and statement fittings. ‘Accidental’ geometry and textured surfaces add a touch of class.
5. David Lynch
Of course, we know exactly what David Lynch’s home office looks like thanks to the Twin Peaks creator’s daily Weather Reports. And it sure looks Lynchian. However, if you’re after something with a bit more space and colour, you’re better off taking a cue from his films.
Yes, Lynch’s first features were in black and white, and Dune – although a colour movie – was obsessed with black. But since Blue Velvet, the filmmaker has shown us how to make basic prime colours equally stylish and creepy. To get that extra-dimensional look, start with the Twin Peaks red room, add a little 1950s Americana, and record your voicemail greeting backwards.
6. Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s worlds aren’t always places you’d want to live and work. But his bitter bubble-gum sci-fi City of Lost Children and post-apocalyptic odd-house comedy Delicatessen are as inventive as they are gloomy. With Amélie, Jeunet finally had homeowners reaching for the paint rollers.
Amélie took the grim visual motifs that made Jeunet’s films stand out, made them lovely, and applied them to a Paris coated in sepia. To design your own Amélie-style home office, start with a strict Christmas tree colour scheme for the fixtures and fittings, and then trawl op shops, Etsy, and eBay to find objets d’art with a life of their own.
7. Pedro Almodovar
“I wanted a pop-art kind of set, with pastel colours,” says Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar of his 1988 breakthrough, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. “If I’d had the money and the contacts, I would have asked David Hockney to design it.” But in the three decades and 14 features since then, Almodovar’s aesthetic has become unattributable to any artist but himself.
The pop art element is still there, but Almodovar’s is a look both swarthy and slick, raw and pushed to the excesses of sophistication. The interior design in his latest, Pain and Glory, demonstrates the filmmaker’s over-the-top philosophy: if every element sticks out, no element sticks out. For our Almodovarian home office, that means the unifying principle is “anything goes” – as long as it’s fabulous.