Light up your life with today’s Mid-Week Match-Up! For this ’80s modern lighting extravaganza, we combed films set in swanky locations, from New York office buildings and apartments to California homes and hotels. Thanks to three movie favorites, Baby Boom (1987), Less Than Zero (1987) and the 1980s-set Safe (1995), we struck gold. From floor lamps with fanned shades to wall sconces and tabletop selections, these ’80s lighting choices surprised us. Not only do they hold up today, but they were and will remain true conversation pieces. Now where can I get my own egg lamp (bottom, left)?…
In Baby Boom, career woman J.C. Wiatt struggles to blend work and mothering duties. Her journey takes her to the country, but it’s her New York City apartment and office space that grabbed our attention. The ’80s interiors of Less Than Zero are stark and alluring. While we couldn’t take our eyes off the modern mansions, it was a Palm Springs hotel that provided inspiration for this post. Safe was released in the mid-’90s, but director Todd Haynes went to great lengths to recreate its 1980s wealthy San Fernando Valley setting. To us, the lighting is another character in the film–a wonderfully ominous one!
To credit the stills above, we start at the top left and proceed clockwise: Baby Boom, Baby Boom, Less Than Zero, Baby Boom, Safe.
For more on 1980s lighting, check out this guest post I wrote for The 80’s Gallery! May this Mid-Week Match-up remind you that you’ve made it through most of the work week. And even if you don’t have a tubular chrome lamp on your desk, rest assured that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel after all!
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