Beata Heuman


What I really want to achieve when designing a space is to make the person forget about the outside world for a little while.

by Beata Heuman | January 2017


De Chirico's set design for Diaghilev's Balles Russes, 1929

It’s about encouraging people to appreciate the moment they are in and I do think that’s a good measure of a successful design.

Still from Wes Anderson's 'Moonlight Kingdom'

Still from Wes Anderson's 'Moonlight Kingdom'.

For me, and I think many would agree, it’s often about a slightly surreal, graphic or out of the ordinary element – that kind of forces you to react and therefore absorbs you.

This is exactly the kind of ‘trick’ used by set designers and I often find myself taking inspiration from movie or theatre sets. It’s not quite real – and that is why it works so well.

Tony Duquette's set design for 'The Ziegfield Follies', 1939

Set of Spike Jonze's 'Her', set design by Casey Storm, 2014