PATTERN EXPLORATION | FILMIC REPEATS
Stanley Kubrick’s eminent 1980 film The Shining has been revered for both it’s story and set design. Many commentators have noted the apparent inconsistencies and confusion created by the labyrinth like set arguing Kubrick’s choice of set dressing was deliberately chosen to disorient the viewer – much like an Escher piece - adding to the horror and surreality of the film
Once such element is the iconic carpet designs, huge geometric patterns highlighting how small and vulnerable son Danny is as he cycles along the hallways of the hotel, especially when shot using Kubrick’s signature one point perspective. Many other hidden messages and conspiracies are linked to the simple carpet designs, which stand testament to Kubrick’s direction skills and the power of simple pattern design.