In the vast history of film and TV sets, one will forever stand out as my favorite: Carrie Bradshaw’s bedroom in Sex and the City. I have forever coveted and tried to recreate that space throughout my years in New York. So when I heard from the person who was behind the makeover of that incredible space (which I also loved), I jumped at the chance to speak with her.
Lydia Marks is a New York-based set decorator and interior designer who has worked on films like Sex and the City 1 and 2, The Devil Wears Prada, The Namesake and Broken Flowers. In addition to film and commercial work, Lydia also runs an interior design business, Marks & Frantz, with her partner, Lisa Frantz. Lydia was kind enough to join me on air yesterday to talk about the life of a set decorator, the secrets behind some of our favorite film sets, the differences between onscreen and residential design and her own personal style favorites. It’s always fascinating to hear how movie worlds come together, so I hope you’ll enjoy Lydia’s interview as much as I did. Also, if you’re in the NYC area, Lydia will be speaking at the D&D building about residential and set design on October 10th. Click here for more details on the talk. Thanks, Lydia! xo, grace
*Photo of Lydia by Jamie Starkman; SATC photos by Craig Blankenhorn
“Sometimes you have only 30 seconds of screen time to create a world that can be read easily by the audience so that they can see who this person is supposed to be, and you may never go back there again.”
— Lydia Marks on After the Jump
WAYS TO LISTEN
More photos of Lydia’s work continue after the jump . . .