One of my favorite things about Summer in the San Francisco Bay Area is attending California Shakespeare plays at the Bruns Amphitheatre, an insanely beautiful outdoor theater in the Siesta Valley between Berkeley and Orinda, CA. This season, the company is staging Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and I'm totally excited about the look of the set. Set designer Neil Patel is creating an Italianesque urban landscape that, according to the play's director, John Moscone, “was initially inspired by a kind of fascist architecture in Italy. Imposing, monolithic, and anything but cheery.” However, to reflect the kinetic energy of the central characters, the set will also feature a wall treatment of graffiti-inspired color.
Inspired by Patel's vision, I decided to try my hand at creating a similar effect — though toned down enough to appeal to the interior decorator in all of us. To see what I came up with,
I decided to create a sitting room inspired by the doomed lovers. I kept the imposing, antique-look furniture of the Cal Shakes set, but softened the lines a bit. I also continued the graffiti-like look in the art pieces. However, I chose a citron and gunmetal palette (one of my current favorites) to work with. The lovers' fragmented families is reflected in the rug I chose, the CB2 Midtown Rug ($299 - $599), while the triptych of art reflects the same graffiti look as the original set. Altogether, the look is austere yet intriguing.