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Better Interiors - April 2020 issue

Boryana Ilieva creates floor plans of Oscar-Nominated Films

Archdaily presents a series of floor plans from five Oscar-nominated films, all painted in watercolour by architect cum artist Boryana Ilieva. With movies such as La La Land, Fences, Elle, 20th Century Women and Toni Erdmann depicted in meticulous details, Ilieva’s watercolours not only provide us with a new perspective of the familiar spaces, but also highlight the important architectural features that help construct these captivating storylines.

La La Landla_la_landFrom a film that has bagged five Oscars, an overview of Mia’s apartment gives us an understanding for the timelessness in La La Land’s set design. Writer/director Damien Chazelle took inspiration from the bright prime colours in movies such as The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort, clearly seen from the wall colours in Mia’s apartment, and also reflected in the colours of the dresses that the group of girls wore on their night out: blue, red, green and yellow.



As a movie adaptation of a play, Fences takes place for the most part in the Maxons’ backyard. Winning one Oscar of total five nominations, the film’s most emotionally taxing, heartfelt and vulnerable scenes take place in the muddy yard, the only set backdrop in the original theatre performance.


elleMichele’s home, a house in the Parisian suburbs, hosts the opening scene of Elle, an Oscar nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. The kitchen where Michele is raped by a masked intruder, setting up the plot for the rest of the movie, is seen in the corner of the plan with the dark glass door through which he enters.

20th Century Women

20th_century_womenSet in a building that is constantly under renovation, Dorothea’s house is not only home to herself and her son Jamie, but also to two boarders, one of which almost becomes part of the family. Occasionally, their 17 year old neighbour sleeps over, adding to the dynamic lifestyle within the walls of the shabby late-‘70s house.

Toni Erdmann

toni_erdmannNominated for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, this film was about a father who brings some absurdity back into his daughter’s otherwise ordinary life. At the end of the orderly and tidy apartment stands a woolly costume worn by Ines’ father during one of his many attempts at amusing his daughter.