Have you ever wanted to live inside a Slim Aarons photo? Well…now you can! Inspired by the dramatic silver screen debut of Olivia Wilde’s sophomore feature film— Don’t Worry Darling— Burke curated a collection of Slim Aarons inspired luxe mid-century decor to pair with artful reproductions of the artist’s historic works. Think polished burl wood furnishings + acrylic trays + retro-futuristic chandeliers + lush lounges complete with sculptural upholstered seating and fully stocked brass and glass bar carts. Wilde drew inspiration for the film’s utopic desert community of Victory— including polished elite aesthetics, architecture, and decor— directly from Slim’s work. Showcasing the historic Kaufmann House, Don’t Worry Darling is the first feature to ever film at the mid-century modern home— made famous by Aarons’ iconic Palm Springs “Pool Party" series.
To better understand Slim’s work and its layered connection to Wilde’s psychological thriller, simply look to the past. Raised in rural New Hampshire in the early 1940’s, Slim Aarons was eager to see the world. After enlisting in the army, he discovered his greatest weapon— a camera. The war introduced him to photojournalists at Life magazine, along with the daily realities of carnage and despair. After the Allied victory, his subjects shifted from war to wealth, documenting the lives of high society elite for Life magazine. Leaving the darkness of war behind him, Aarons preferred to capture "attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” Every manicured lawn and well coiffed bouffant Slim shot painted a new reality untouched by the spoils of war. A Stepford aesthetic blissful in its ignorance, just as Wilde’s heroine begins her descent toward truth. There is always more than meets the eye, depth beneath the surface.
A legend within the bygone era of international elegance and style, Slim Aarons was an insider among insiders. Disarming the world’s elite with his charm and humble camera. He never had a crew— just his trusty tripod, camera, and vision. His collection of works reads like a globe trotting photo album of the rich at play— Slim’s personal postcards from paradise. Transform white walls into a refined gallery space with the saturated luxury of Slim Aarons modern ChromaLuxe fade-and-scratch-resistant recycled aluminum framed prints. On SALE for 5 days only during our BD Studio Art Sale. Channel Florence Pugh and Harry Styles cinematic elegance in Don’t Worry Darling with mid-century modern decor + furnishings inspired by Aarons glamorous fine art photography with our curated collection of Slim Aaron Styles for modern interiors.