Two longtime friends of director Luca Guadagnino
added their personal touch to “Call Me by Your Name
,” his sensual summer romance from Sony Pictures Classics
that’s set in northern Italy in 1983.
An interior decorator by trade, first-time set decorator Violante Visconti (Luchino Visconti
’s grandniece) dressed the 17th-century villa where young Elio (Timothée Chalamet
) lives with his scholarly parents, the Perlmans (Michael Stuhlbarg and Amira Casar) and falls for the visiting American intern Oliver (Armie Hammer
Fashion designer and repeat Guadagnino collaborator Giulia Piersanti
created the film’s understated costumes.
Visconti conceptually married the Perlmans’ worldliness with the villa’s nostalgic past to attain the eclectic, lived-in feel of a deeply loved home. “[Much] of the furniture belonged to my father,” she says. “That made it cozy and personal. The Perl-mans are open-minded. They love books, music, history. … Their house is easygoing and non-structured, with flowers from the garden, furniture from their travels. It was there