Set decoration details: MoMI New York talks to F&F’s Paula Benson about her fascination with film sets
Have you ever wondered about the difference between production design and set decoration? Or, more specifically, who designed and created the carpet for The Shining? And indeed, why does it matter?
Film and Furniture founder Paula Benson joins Barbara Miller, New York’s Museum of The Moving Image Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, for a conversation about the industry and her obsessive attention to the design details of iconic films.
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Paula explains how this very website shines a light on a part of the film industry she feels doesn’t receive the attention it should and shares what motivated her to start Film and Furniture. She also discusses the many rabbit holes her research takes her to down to unearth behind-the-scenes facts, whether that be Deckard’s glass in Blade Runner or Batman’s coffee table – and how the details of set decoration tell us hidden stories about movie characters.
Film and Furniture has supported MoMI’s current exhibition Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey by lending a reproduction of Olivier Mourgue’s vivid magenta Djinn chair, an unforgettable element of the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey.