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The Cinematic Series: Inspired by Pedro Almodóvar

Get a taste of the liveliness in Pedro Almodóvar's pictures, narrating everyday life scenes inhabited by peculiar characters. Bright colors and spicy flavors make for an engagingly chaotic atmosphere, with an interior design made of bold primary nuances and striking patterns.

Pedro Almodóvar's universe revolves around a color-blocking scheme, infusing brightness and passion for life in all his cinematic works. Rich primary colors are part of his signature palette and serve as vehicles for representing the moods of the characters represented in his films.

Almodóvar interest in interior design stems from the influence that classic Hollywood cinema had on him during his development as a cinematographer. The spaces where ventures and dialogues take places are of great importance to the director, as his movies seek to recall and re-create sets from that past golden age.

Learn about the Spanish culture through Almodóvar peliculas, and uncover a zest for life given by his colorful, eclectic and loud set design. 

[Color] completely isolates what interests me most in my films: the story itself and the characters’ emotions
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Pedro Almodóvar

The attention to chromatic features in every spaces is vital for the Spanish director, avoiding any kind of optical white, if not the color at all. Another color kept out of his palette are mauves and pinks, not dramatic nor scenic enough for Almodovar. Patterns, motifs and intricate designs are also part of his universe, as unique wallpapers, rugs and prints cover the spaces of his selected interiors. ​Silvia di Piazza's ​Vincent Rug is part of a collection of hand-tufted rugs based on paintings by Benedetta Bartolucci for Redville, and was crafted using 100% virgin wool on a polyester background. The design is playful and stylized, depicting the closeup of a head with blond and black hair, surrounded by a Miro-esque pattern of abstract motifs in black and red.

Entertaining dinners and joyful gatherings are at the heart of Almodóvar scenes, using food and spirits as a way to convey love and affections. The ​Sbadato Wine Glass by ​Stella Orlandino is a hand-made piece by an exceptional craftsman from the South of Italy and conveys the bizarre aesthetic portrayed by the director. Part of the ​Cin Cin Unconventional Glasses collection, each glass has its own story and role to play and features a pour spout to stop the drips, making it perfect for catering, with a refined mise en place, or for an original dinner party.

Rounded shapes and upholstered furniture are some of Pedro Almodóvar features, giving a nod to Spanish architecture such as the Paterna caves in Valencia, the Picasso Tower in Madrid and the Corona de Espinas building by Fernando Higueras. The Fuwas Table Lamp conceived by the Japanese duo of Hands On Design perfectly joins the lighting aesthetic of the director, exuding an ethereal, cloud-like quality. Made with veil-thin thickness, the stone reveals its unique natural veins when illuminated by the LED light source housed in the narrow base, giving the illusion of being made of vellum paper.

Human emotions are at the core of Almodóvar's way of developing a storyline, and faces are the main vehicle of expression according to him, preferring strong and well-marked traits. The ​Volti Lamp Base by Ceramiche Ima is inspired by 1970s sketches and consists of hand-painted portraits in black and white enlivened by bright red lips. This piece is molded on a lathe to fashion its bulb-shaped silhouette and is infused with sophistication in a modern and eclectic interior decor.

​pedro almodóvar's inspired color palette
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