Devil Wears Prada Interior Design

Behind the scenes: The Devil Wears Prada

Miranda Priestly’s Office in The Devil Wears Prada. As far as film sets go, those words can usually conjure a pretty clear picture of what that room looks like. Most of us know the iconic film still taken on the set: the powerful superiority of the beautiful, composed, and successful boss peering down at her anxious, cute, and uneasy employee. The Devil Wears Prada office itself seems very hard lined and sleek in this image.

DWP film still

But what is captured in this still is not the whole picture. When I decorated the film set on The Devil Wears Prada it was very important to us that it feel layered and interesting.  The hard edged metal “desk”, really a dining table from Kartell, was given a layer of depth and warmth with a piece of amber glass on top of it. This addition of glass gave a warm but sleek shine that the metal alone did not achieve. The console table to the left of the desk is a fabulous vintage table by Mastercraft, textured brass and burled wood combine to create a rich warmth that helps bring some visual tension into the set – a push/pull of metals and materials.

Devil Wears Prada design by Lydia Marks

Miranda was a very well traveled and artistic character who had a taste for the finest things — and a mission to make the world desire them. I felt that in order to inspire on that level, Miranda needed to have her own eclecticism. Without that, her office would be rote. Adhering to every rule is not what makes a Miranda Priestly.

Devil Wears Prada design by Lydia Marks

One of the pieces I love in this office is the little french deco table that sits in back of her desk. Its curvy delicate quality in combination with B&B Italia chairs (upholstered in an unexpected green) nicely illustrate that design intention.

The-Devil-Wears-Prada-design by Lydia Marks

I think my favorite piece from the set though is the mirror over Miranda’s desk. We knew we wanted a mirror there – and we combed NYC and 1st Dibs to find the perfect one. We did hours of searching, show-and-tells with actors and directors, nothing felt right. One Saturday morning I found it, the perfect mirror, in a junk shop in upstate NY for $40.00.  With the help of my Scenic Department, we painted it, leafed it, stripped it, and painted it again, until we got it exactly right. We hung it up before call and everyone came in to start the first day of shooting on the set. No one asked to see another option! We had found the perfect final piece of the set.

Because we decorated a room for the Dering Hall‘s virtual show house, with all of the items selected from the New York Design Center, I thought it might be a good time to go behind the scenes a bit!  Hope it was fun to read!  Enjoy the showhouse. 

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Lydia Marks & Lisa Frantz

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw is best known for his photographs of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy, which he shot originally for LIFE magazine and later as the Kennedys’ “unofficial” family photographer. He developed a strong friendship with JFK and Jackie and regularly visited the White House during their time there. But Mark Shaw was first and foremost a Fashion and Advertising photographer whose freelance assignments for LIFE magazine had him photographing some of the most notable celebrities of the 1950′s. 

This collection of Mark Shaw’s fashion images, taken at the House of Dior between 1952 and 1962, is the first book showcasing Mark Shaw’s extensive fashion photography for LIFE and other magazines throughout the 1950s. It is available at Liz O’Brien Gallery in NYC and we are snapping them up like crazy for our clients. Not only is the fashion amazing, but the interiors are pretty fabulous as well! We plan to use the first image in a beautiful powder room in Old Greenwich in a home that Marks & Frantz renovated and decorated from head to toe in 2013.

Dior Theatre de France 1960

Dior Theatre de France 1960


Photographed in 1953 at the French country estate, Corbeville, Jane Sprague models a ball gown by Fath.

Photographed in 1953 at the French country estate, Corbeville, Jane Sprague models a ball gown by Fath.

Sophie Malgat wears Dior in Dior's Passy Home, 1953. Sophie Malgat in Gray Chiffon Dior in Dior’s Paris Home

Sophie Malgat wears Dior in Dior’s Passy Home, 1953. Sophie Malgat in Gray Chiffon Dior in Dior’s Paris Home

Ghislaine Lounges in Elsa Schiaparelli's Home

Ghislaine Lounges in Elsa Schiaparelli’s Home


A velvet dinner dress by Chanel photographed in the vine hung Paris courtyard, Cour de Rohan, in 1955

A velvet dinner dress by Chanel photographed in the vine hung Paris courtyard, Cour de Rohan, in 1955







Not only is pamplemousse one of my favorite (and only) words in my limited french vocabulary, I’m also quite in love with the work of  ID firm Pamplemousse. Helmed by Delphine Krakoff (the beautiful wife of Reed Krakoff, the Coach design guru), this firm takes color and detail to another level altogether. She is a master with trim, just take a close look at the chair details and window treatments below. I’ve been archiving Delphine’s work for ages, especially since Hamish Bowles’ Vogue spread on her family  in 2010, which included tons of photos of her own New York City townhouse.  Her interiors showcase some of my favorite color combinations: fuschia and apple green, chartreuse and peacock blue…and pink, pink and more shades of various pinks. After a long day of solid rain and grey skies, this seemed like such a lovely time for a little Pamplemousse….which to some is just a grapefruit!


James Lecce

Last year, we helped a client curate a starter art collection for their new home. During the process we were able to bring in some favorite artists and discover some exciting new ones. With the help of Valerie McKenzie at McKenzie Fine Art and a few bookmarked editorial spreads by one of my favorite designers, Jamie Drake, I was led to James Lecce.
The technique he uses to create this fluidity gives his work a great feeling of movement and liquidness. The swirling shapes and macro view make you think that each painting is a snapshot of an infinitely larger and ever moving entity. There is no beginning and no end.

James Lecce paintings gave me a much needed mental boost for this Monday morning!





and another Jamie Drake interior




Jamie Drake's study for Californication features a Lecce, I think Drake may be his biggest fan!


An installation of last year's James Lecce show at McKenzie Fine Art










Marks & Frantz is now on Elle Decor’s Designer Registry!

Marks & Frantz is now on Elle Decor’s Designer Registry! Visit it here.

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New York, NY (May 3rd, 2010) – Lydia Marks and Lisa Frantz will launch their interior design firm, Marks & Frantz, in May 2010 in Manhattan, NY. The duo share a passion for design informed by their work as set designers for film, television and print advertising. Between them, they have decorated and designed sets for films including Sex and the City 1 & 2, The Devil Wears Prada, Broken Flowers and the Namesake Films, for advertising campaigns for labels including Mercedes Benz, Calvin Klein, Loreal, Maybelline, Wyndham Hotels and for luxury labels including Neiman Marcus, Vanity Fair and Saks Fifth Avenue. Both have designed interiors for residential and commercial properties including the rooftop bar at The Strand Hotel in Manhattan.

Marks & Frantz will focus on design and decoration for residential and commercial properties, offering an extensive range of services including space planning, color palette selection, furniture design and custom upholstery, custom metal work, art consultation and custom artwork.

“Designing interiors for film and television changed the way we approach design, because the characters were so important” says Marks. “When we work with a client, we aim to incorporate their personality and lifestyle into their spaces, not simply create rooms that are well designed. We use space, color, light, texture, art and furniture to create highly individual, personalized homes.”

After 15 years of working as interior designers, Marks and Frantz have established relationships with showrooms, antique rug and furniture dealers, contractors, architects as well as specialized craftsmen.

“Our experience in commissioning custom pieces has given us unique access to furniture fabricators, metal workers, and decorative painters. We are loyal to our talented vendors and are able to pass on our preferred pricing to our clients” says Frantz.

Marks & Frantz’s offices are located in new York City but they are available to work on projects across the globe. A full list of services, bios, portfolios of their work and contact information can be viewed on their website,

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