Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Scandinavian furniture at movies : Hitchcock's Vandamm House on the peak of Mount Rushmore

One of my friends just reminded me yesterday of "North by Northwest". Written and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring the so elegant Cary Grant & Eva Marie Saint, the film, considered one of the best Hitchcock films ever made, was also one of my favourites when young watching 1950s films with my father...

The ending takes place on the peak of Mount Rushmore.

Everything ends there indeed in a unbelievable hilltop house of limestone in the manner of Frank Lloyd Wright ("Of the hill, not on top of the hill"). 

Designed by a set of designers (Robert Boyle, William A. Horning, Merrill Pye, Henry Grace and Frank McKelvey), the Vandamm House shows a wonderful modernist style with a kind of furniture we love : "The luxurious Modernism of the house extended to its furnishings. The living room set was dressed in the best of 1958’s furniture and art, and it makes a very interesting point. The furniture is largely Scandinavian Modern. There is Chinese art, and a Pre-Colombian statue figures prominently in the action." (

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