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North Korea’s Buildings Echo Wes Anderson Film Sets

Kindergarten Kitsch

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British architect and design critic Olivier Wainwright created a Tumblr titled North Korean Interiors after having visited the isolated country over the summer. While there, he noticed striking similarities between the Soviet-era interior design–from the National Drama Theater to locker rooms and even Wes Anderson film sets. Both heavily incorporate axial symmetry and pastel colors, which Wainwright aptly describes as “kindergarten kitsch.” Displaying his findings on a tumblr page, he revealed kindergartens with flowered carpets and health complexes with government approved haircuts displayed as art on the wall. 'It's a very theatrical device, which is why I think so many North Korean spaces feel like stage sets - they're designed to evoke an emotional response, usually one of monumental power of the leader, compared to the insignificance of the masses,' Wainwright said of the style, Huffington Post reported. He noted the use of symmetry in many of the interiors, similar to sets in films by director Wes Anderson, and said the design elements appear to exaggerate the perspective of statues and portraits of North Korean leaders. Wainwright commented that the unique décor could soon disappear, with the government's efforts to present the country as a modern nation.

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