Love Is Blind was like a dating show from the future, only the future is now on Netflix. Contestants got to know each other in isolated pods so they can fall in love with each other’s personalities. Production Designer Dave Edwards designed the pods in which the contestants spoke.

Variety profiled Edwards with an interview on June 24. Edwards mentioned more than once that the sci-fi film Ex Machina was an influence. He went on to explain how he incorporated the film into his designs. Netflix has ordered a second and third season of Love Is Blind.

The lighting of ‘Love Is Blind’ was very sci-fi

Ex Machina is about a programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) who visits a genius (Oscar Isaac)’s house and meets his artificial intelligence robot (Alicia Vikander). Edwards wanted Love Is Blind to look like that house.

“Ex Machina, the film, was one of the inspirations for the director [Brian Smith] and Chris [Coelen, executive producer] and the lighting designer and myself for a lot of this,” Edwards said. “For the majority of Ex Machina you have little light and the darkness as well, and we really wanted to play with that to add depth from the pods into that hallway and into some of these areas where you have a highlight of lighting and then it flows into shadow, and that would help soften and bring interest to the design of it.”

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