This Week in Interior Design: 23 February 2015

The latest, most happening, and up-to-date news in interior design, art, architecture, real estate, and everything in between

Updated on June 06, 2017 9:06 am

Camille Besinga


In Honor of the Oscars, Here are 6 Architecturally Unique Movie Theatres

The 87th Academy Awards are ongoing as we write this, so while we’re in the film-awards mood, we found this list of architecturally unique movie theatres from all over the world that deserve recognitions themselves. Not everything on this list by is a permanent edifice, but the way they were designed with the landscape, the occasion, and even decades-old structures in mind makes them worthy of inclusion.


The ark-like ARC-River Culture Multimedia Theater Pavilion in Daegu, Korea


The temporary theatre Kineform Misbar in Jakarta, Indonesia, which was packed away and recycled after its use in the 2013 Jakarta Biennale


Kino, blending in at the historic city of Rye, United Kingdom


Cinema meets planetarium at Infoversum in The Netherlands


1960s futurism in MEGABOX in Seoul, Korea


Shepherds Bush Pavilion in West London isn’t technically a movie theatre today, but it was originally built in 1923 as a 3,000-seater cinema, and now renovated as a 320-room boutique hotel.

Watch This Short Film by BoConcept


And just because we’re still in a cinematic mood, we’re showing you this new short film by BoConcept production. Yes, BoConcept is that leading Scandinavian furniture retailer. But who says they can’t dabble in a little film every now and then? Teaming up with Casino Royale’s Mads Mikkelsen, BoConcept came up with The Call, a short film about a well-to-do actor with a lust for modern furniture. Mikkelsen stars with Swedish actress Malin Buska, and is directed by Dejan Cukic. The Call is the first instalment of a two-part series to be released this year.

Watch the film here.

Football Player Samuel Eto’o Buys a Rumored Haunted Mansion


Now this ain’t reel (yup, we spelled that right), but we’re wondering how this story would pan out on the silver screen. 

English football player Samuel Eto’o recently snapped up a 40-room mansion with a pool and heliport in Portofino, Italy for US$28.4 million. What’s striking about this striker’s purchase is that he bought it despite warnings from locals that the mansion is “cursed.” 

The mansion, called Villa Altachiara, used to be the vacation house of George Herbert, the Fifth Earl of Carnarvon, more commonly known as Lord Carnarvon. He worked with English archaeologist Howard Carter and infamously co-discovered the tomb of ancient Egyptian boy ruler Tutankhamun, said to be a cursed but richly filled burial site in 1923 (the find is also said to have ignited the fervour for everything Egyptian during the Art Deco era). After their widely celebrated find of the “cursed” inner chambers of the tomb, eight people from the excavation team died within the next dozen years. Lord Carnarvon was the first to die, and it is said that the curse which killed him travelled with him back to his mansion. Former Gucci model Countess Francesca Vacca Augusta, who also once owned the mansion, disappeared in 2001 and was found floating lifelessly three weeks later on the beaches of Saint-Tropez.

(On a slightly related note, Lord Carnarvon, had his main residence up at Highclere Castle, now incidentally famous as the setting for the popular British drama Downton Abbey. Loving the Downton Abbey look? Get tips on how to give your home the Downton style makeover.)

Cover photo courtesy of Architizer


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