The Great Gatsby People can't stop talking about the Leonardo DiCaprio movie that is to hit theaters on May 10, and the interior design world is showing off their takes of The Great Gatsby. Let's first get a quick refresher of what the book was about, because I surely don't remember all of the details as I read the book back in middle school or high school. Sigh.
Quick SparkNotes Version Of The Book
Nick Carraway, a young man from Minnesota, moves to New York in the summer of 1922 to learn about the bond business. He rents a house in the West Egg district of Long Island, a wealthy but unfashionable area populated by the new rich, a group who have made their fortunes too recently to have established social connections and who are prone to garish displays of wealth. Nick’s next-door neighbor in West Egg is a mysterious man named Jay Gatsby, who lives in a gigantic Gothic mansion and throws extravagant parties every Saturday night.
Nick is unlike the other inhabitants of West Egg—he was educated at Yale and has social connections in East Egg, a fashionable area of Long Island home to the established upper class. Nick drives out to East Egg one evening for dinner with his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband, Tom, an erstwhile classmate of Nick’s at Yale.
As the summer progresses, Nick eventually garners an invitation to one of Gatsby’s legendary parties.
Mash Up Of The 1920's Great Gatsby Inspiration
Interior design styles of the 1920s can be defined as Art Deco, Revivalism, Modern, but according to BBC,
This glamorous decade was the heyday of interior designers, a new profession who were employed to create fantasy rooms for lavish cocktail parties and royal patrons.
In the home, modernism was taking off in Europe with the setting up of the Bauhaus, and shocking the world with its pared-down austere look. Architects began designing objects for the home, such as coffee sets and radios, as well as buildings. In the middle of the decade, art deco was showcased in Paris and became the major new style.
- glamorous and sophisticated
- geometric and angular shapes
- chrome, glass, shiny fabrics, mirrors and mirror tiles
- stylised images of aeroplanes, cars, cruise liners and skyscrapers
- nature motifs
- exotic touches from the Orient, Africa and Egypt
Baz Luhrmann (movie director) may take liberties with musical conventions in Gatsby, but he and his wife, designer Catherine Martin, strove for greater period authenticity—a dazzling version, to be sure—in the lavish sets.For Gatsby, she oversaw 42 individual sets created in and around Sydney, both on location and on soundstages. It took her team 14 weeks just to build, paint, and decorate Gatsby’s mansion, which called for a grand ballroom, library, master bedroom, entrance hall, and terrace, as well as a garden.
Though Gatsby’s bedroom has traditional arched windows, the decor is all up-to-the-minute ’20s glamour, with richly polished hardwoods, a harlequin-pattern wall covering of silk crisscrossed with ribbons of wood, and a gray and gold Art Deco–style rug designed by Martin.As for the interiors, the grandest creation is Gatsby’s vast ballroom, the site of his legendary parties. Consistent with turn-of-the-century mansions, the space features a gold-filigreed ceiling hung with ornate crystal chandeliers, a marquetry floor (with Gatsby’s monogram inlaid at the center), towering columns between the windows, and a serpentine staircase—a flourish presumably installed by Gatsby. “We talked about somebody coming in with a lot of money and what changes he would make to certain rooms,” Martin says.
The Buchanans’ sitting room features an eclectic mix of styles, from European Deco to Hollywood Regency, evoking a fashionable luxury.
Candy & Candy’s head designer, Martin Kemp, created a 17,500-square-foot penthouse in La Belle Epoque, a building that overlooks Monte Carlo. Art Deco styling influenced one of the two master suites—a true gentleman’s quarters, with an adjoining dressing area, pictured here.