I watched Frost/Nixon last night and was surprised to discover some great interiors in the movie. A lot of attention has been given to how faithfully the set designers were able to replicate certain interiors, especially that of the house where the famous interviews took place. But, what I hadn’t appreciated until reading about the making of the movie, was how difficult it was to evoke the sense of 1977, without allowing the interiors to distract from the plot.

I was particularly taken by the design of the Beverly Hilton hotel where Frost’s team stayed during the interviews. Here are a couple of shots of the living area, from the Set Decorators’ Society of America magazine.

Hilton suite

Hilton suite

Ok, it’s a bit overbearing for your average living room. But look at that wallpaper! I like it with the Asian screens and dining chairs. Funnily enough, that chandelier in the corner is exactly like the one we just took down in our dining room. It came with the house and didn’t fit the rest of the decor. It looks rather good in this setting though. If anyone wants to buy one of these, I have one going cheap!

Hilton suite

Here’s a close-up from the movie trailer. Of course, it helps if your evening dress matches the wallpaper! I actually quite like the light fitting too (just seen behind Rebecca Hall).

Hilton bedroom

It’s hard to find a good shot of the master bedroom but this one via Perspective, the Art Directors’ Guild magazine gives a good sense of the style. There’s also a picture of the designer Susan Benjamin’s sample board for the room.

Sample board

Again, the wallpaper plays a starring role. The red lamps are also rather impressive, as is the multi-faceted dresser.

Finally, the interior of the plane Frost takes to meet Nixon (and where he meets Caroline Cushing) deserves a mention.

Plane interior

While I can’t say I’ve ever been on a plane with quite such a spacious lounge, doesn’t this remind you just a little of a Virgin Atlantic plane?! Very cool graphic on the far wall (designed, specifically for the movie).

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