The Martian

The Martian The Set Design

Celia Bobak & Zoltan Horvath

Arthur Max

Marc Homes, Samy Keilani, Robert Cowper, Monica Esztan, Stefan Seth, Matt Wynne & Phil Sims

The Martian (2015) is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Andy Weir. This is the story of astronaut Mark Watney who is left behind on Mars after his crew is forced to leave during a severe Martian storm, thinking him dead. Watney however, survives and is now forced to use all of his skills and knowledge to survive until the next scheduled Mars mission in four years’ time. Read more »

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IKEA’s Harte Lamp

IKEA’s Harte Lamp

Director Ridley Scott looked to his frequent collaborator, production designer Arthur Max to help realise this entertaining sci-fi picture. From the Martian surface to the ‘2001’-esc space crafts, Max once again applies his masterful touch. Set decorator Celia Boback also provides us with some amazing interiors in NASA HQ. One of our most popular items however, is seen both in NASA HQ and in the Mars base. The quirky IKEA Harte Work Lamp offers a futuristic looking lighting solution for Mark Watney (Matt Damon) while he makes his calculations. This IKEA LED lamp was a great find by Boback as it seems perfectly at home in 2035. The white version is seen next to Watney on Mars while a black version can be seen in the offices of NASA HQ.Read more

Set Design of NASA HQ

Set Design of NASA HQ

NASA Headquarters in The Martian was a stand-out set for us. The highly contemporary space features vast expanses of glazing, exposed concrete walls and is decorated using a plethora of designer furniture. Much of the furniture is mid-century modern classics mixed with some contemporary pieces scattered throughout the open-plan and individual offices. Both the main conference room and Mitch Henderson’s (Sean Bean) office are treasure troves of designer classics. They include, Eames Soft Pad Office Chairs, Florence Knoll Sofas, Eileen Gray Side Tables and Eero Saarinen Tulip Chairs, to name just a few.Read more

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