Wired Magazine: Blade Runner Collectibles Auction

In his concept art for Blade Runner, Oscar-winning production designer Syd Mead pictured Los Angeles in 2019 as a dark, sleek dystopia — imagery that would influence sci-fi aesthetics for decades to come.

Now the man who designed the future for Ridley Scott is offering some of his Blade Runner collectibles to the highest bidder. A signed copy of Oblagon: Concepts of Syd Mead, a book that contains 17 pages of Blade Runner pre-production work (pictured), will be sold at Bonhams & Butterfields’ 20th Century Decorative Arts auction Tuesday, along with other pieces associated with the 1982 techno-thriller.

Mead designed cars for the Ford Motor Company before getting into movies, then created the look for landmark pictures including Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Tron, Aliens and Mission: Impossible III.

Before the auction, Mead joins movie producer Michael Deeley and Frances Anderton, host of KCRW’s Design and Architecture Podcast, for a 7:30 p.m. Thursday panel discussion titled “Blade Runner: Designing the Future,” hosted at Bonham’s Los Angeles headquarters, 7601 Sunset Blvd.

The world of Blade Runner at night is pictured by Mead.

Bonhams & Butterfields rep Katie Nortonis said the panel will explore “the relevance of the important environmental and social themes of Blade Runner as well as the film’s continued impact on the design zeitgeist. It will be especially interesting to explore the film’s prescient vision of a Los Angeles future as viewed through the lens of the present-day cityscape.”

 

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