Get the Look isn’t just about real homes; it can also be pure fantasy. This week, guest writer Gabriella Cetrulo curates a set of rooms inspired by the future, as imagined in retro films.
Whenever I watch an old sci-fi movie, I’m amused by imagined visions of the 21st century. Everyone always seems to be flying to the office and conversing with home appliances (I guess they weren’t too far off). One of the most comical visions of the future is found in the 1930s film Just Imagine, which is set in a 1980 where people have names like J-21 and consume entire meals in pill form.
My favorite aspect of these movies is the inspiring art direction. From the Deco-style silent film Metropolis to the 1960s classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, every decade envisioned futuristic decor as somewhat geometric and industrial (although the colorful and psychedelic interiors in films like Barbarella and A Clockwork Orange are my favorite exceptions).
I often think of leather, chrome and Lucite as “futuristic.” These materials often show up in vintage furnishings from the 1960s. In fact, the bold geometry used in science fiction can be found in mod decor from that era.
[1. Vintage orb lamp from Athomemodern 2. Moon chart print by AGC916 3. Modern wall clock by Blueorder 4. Mid-century reading lamp from Castandcrew 5. Ceramic candle holders from Modernrelicsshop 6. Orbit lounge chair by Lunarloungedesign 7. Lunar desk globe from Fivestonesvintage 8. Concrete and steel bar stools by Gretadeparry]
[1. Handmade lounge chair by Popalipana 2. Vintage lava lamp from Austinbaubles 3. Nova mobile by Thewonderlandstudio 4. Retro bar stools by Oshricreativedesign 5. Moon clock by Cybermoon 6. Nebula pillow cover by Pillarsofcreation]
[1. Chrome chandelier from 1001vintage 2. Test tube aquarium from Egardenstudio 3. Concrete magazine rack by Atstuart 4. Lightbox by Joana 5. Reclaimed console tale by Thesteelfork 6. Concrete totem by Plywoodoffice 7. Hexagon coasters by Cullinarium 8. Lounge chair by Epichomegoods]
[1. Red desk lamp from Backgarage 2.Hand-painted eye by AGC916 3. Orange Spice Rack from Junkhouse 4. Tulip chair from Rhanvintage 5. Diagram pillow by Dirtsastudio 6. Vintage chaise lounge from Housingauthority]
Gabriella Cetrulo is a freelance illustrator with a BFA in illustration from Parsons the New School for Design. She is also the shop owner of vintage oasis Tomorrow Is Forever. She is in the process of opening a second online shop featuring her illustration work.