Faces Friday: Inside the Private World of Set Decorator Don Diers
In 2007, the MJ68 Gallery in Los Feliz presented 300 painted portraits (from the late 1800s to 2007) from the private collection of veteran Hollywood set decorator Don Diers. The exhibit was called “Who Are These People?” The answer: we may never know. But we do know where these forgotten folks live when they’re not on public display: in the magical, rambling Los Angeles home of Don Diers.
For 20 years now, Don Diers has been one of the busiest, most versatile set decorators in Hollywood. His credits include a wide range of films, from the Sam Raimi horror hit Drag Me to Hell and the Jerry Bruckheimer action blockbuster Gone in 60 Seconds to light comedies like Along Came Polly and These Old Broads. Diers’s work on the retro romantic farce Down with Love starring Renee Zellweger has been published frequently, including in the new book by Cathy Whitlock, Designs On Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction.
Diers has also enjoyed success in the children’s entertainment arena, decorating films like Herbie, The Santa Clause 3, and this year’s Easter bunny feature Hop, as well as the upcoming teen drama Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.
Don doesn’t leave his work at the studio; he lives in it 24/7. His grand, eclectic, warm Silverlake abode reflects the youthful curiosity and imagination, and the mature artistic sensibility, that inform his work.