Lucky Sevens: 7 Films That Exude Fabulous '70s Interior Design (2022)

7 Films That Exude Fabulous '70s Interior Design

Words by Franz Sorilla IV

August 25, 2022

  1. "A Clockwork Orange" (1971) "A Clockwork Orange" (1971)
  2. "The Goodbye Girl" (1977) "The Goodbye Girl" (1977)
  3. "A Star is Born" (1977) "A Star is Born" (1977)
  4. "Dreamgirls" (2006) "Dreamgirls" (2006)
  5. "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979) "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979)
  6. "James Bond: Diamonds are Forever" (1971) "James Bond: Diamonds are Forever" (1971)
  7. "Licorice Pizza" (2021) "Licorice Pizza" (2021)

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Add character to your humble abode by getting inspiration from these Hollywood films that evoke the styles and culture of the Seventies

Seventies-inspired interiors are known for the use of earth colours, especially toffee leather, which was used mostly in chairs and sofas, as well as pistachio greens, oranges, yellows, and pinks that accentuate the neutrality of colours.

Whether it's a classic film from the Seventies or a recent one set in the heyday of retro and Motown, these films exude the distinctive colours and aesthetics that have set the 1970s permanently into our style books.

"A Clockwork Orange" (1971)

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A Clockwork Orange / Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

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A Clockwork Orange / Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

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A Clockwork Orange / Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

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A Clockwork Orange / Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

Based on the 1962 book of the same name by Anthony Burgess, this disturbing and violent dystopian film has its production design, film sets, and furniture as a "sight for sore eyes". Designed by John Barry, this Stanley Kubrick masterpiece has hyper-stylised film sets that capture mid-century and retro-futuristic interior design, space age furniture, and works of notable pop artists like Allen Jones, Herman Makkink, Cornelius Makkink, and sleeve/product designer Roger Dean.

The furniture shows us a glimpse of a not-too-distant future because of its lines and shapes but utilises the colour palettes of the retro era. Meanwhile, in the open plan house of Mr and Mrs Alexander's displays curated ultra-modern and space-age '60s furniture that have been prevalent until the '70s after the landing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon in 1969.

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"The Goodbye Girl" (1977)

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The Goodbye Girl / Photo: Warner Bros.

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The Goodbye Girl / Photo: Warner Bros.

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The Goodbye Girl / Photo: Warner Bros.

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The Goodbye Girl / Photo: Warner Bros.

The '70s is marked by the rise of romantic-comedy and romantic-drama films, hitting box-office records and are considered today as cult classics. These include Love Story,The Way We Were,Grease, and more. For our design inspiration, take a look at the iconic Manhattan apartment of Paula McFadden (Marsha Mason) and her ten-year-old daughter Lucy (Quinn Cummings), and the struggling actor Elliot Garfield (Richard Dreyfuss), to whom the apartment was sublet by Paula's erstwhile boyfriend.

The aesthetics of the film were mostly in earth and neutral colours, similar to those found in Brooklyn and Manhattan. These are evident in the apartment's interior design, accentuated by verdant greens and sunlight. This design inspiration can make your apartment cosy, intimate, and hip for the 2020s, as this colour palette has just recurred in our trends, thanks to the GenZ's.

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"A Star is Born" (1977)

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A Star is Born (1976) / Photo: Warner Bros.

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A Star is Born (1976) / Photo: Warner Bros.

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A Star is Born (1976) / Photo: Warner Bros.

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A Star is Born (1976) / Photo: Warner Bros.

The third remake ofA Star is Born, featuring Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand shows a desert house as the honeymoon hideaway of star-crossed lovers John Norman Howard (Kristofferson) and Esther Hoffman (Streisand). It is located on private land in Empire Ranch, Sonoita, Arizona. This adobe house has a striking Wild Wild West design with Native American, midwest, and Mexican features. It seems like in the house, the sexual revolution of the '70s period exploded, creating a warm, intimate, secluded atmosphere that pays homage to heritage and pop culture. You can definitely do this treatment to your house, with many of its elements being true to your cultural roots.

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"Dreamgirls" (2006)

The Chatsworth-area estate, once owned by Frank Sinatra, and popularly known as Farralone, is a mid-century modern house that we caught a glimpse of in the film version of the Tony-winning Broadway musical Dreamgirls. In the film, Deena Jones (Beyonce) and her husband Curtis Taylor Jnr moved to this glass-house mansion in the '70s. We see it in a minimalist interior, capturing the great light and breathtaking views of California, but with pops of colours and patterns prevalent in the period.

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"Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979)

A house in this modern age of smart technology demands an interior design that is timeless, futuristic, sustainable, and of course, visually appealing. Although smart technology can be integrated with any architectural design, there is a television and film franchise that might give you crazy ideas for your futuristic house. Star Trek: The Motion Pictureis a 1979 science fiction film inspired by the original '60s show. Although much of its costume design and styling takes cues from the '60s, its interior design still evokes the '70s and would be even better appreciated by integrating today's smart technology. Have a modern glass and steel house today with button-operated doors and remote-operated lighting and climate, and colour palettes and patterns inspired by the planet environments we've voyaged through on the USS Enterprise, and you'd have a home that is beyond your dreams.

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"James Bond: Diamonds are Forever" (1971)

Above Screencaps from 'James Bond: Diamonds are Forever' / Photo: Eon Productions, United Artists

TheJames Bond film franchise never fails to show us stunning locations, fashion, motoring, and many other lifestyle inspirations. But perhaps one of the finest houses we've seen in the films comes from Diamonds are Forever(1971), which was the Elrod House in Palm Springs. Seen there as Willard Whyte's summer house, the house has a glass door entrance that leads to the main living room that is circular in design, concrete stairs by the pool, a concrete "umbrella"-shaped ceiling dome on its higher level, and a massive curved curtain wall that reveals panoramic views of the Coachella Valley. Designed by architect John Lautner and interior designer Arthur Elrod, this house is in the middle of a desert and boasts Italian furniture that is sleek and modern.

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"Licorice Pizza" (2021)

Above "Licorice Pizza" / Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

This Paul Thomas Anderson film was one of the few that was shot at the height of the pandemic in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. Set in the '70s, it's quite popular for recreating the authentic exterior and interior design of '70s LA, complete with mercury-vapour lights, which gave the film its distinctive visual appeal. Feel extremely nostalgic when watching this coming-of-age story that not only captures the teenage life in the Valley at the time but also tries its best to recreate old interiors such as geometrical and multi-coloured stained glass windows, leather seats, wooden walls and frames, pinball palace, and more.

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