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Set Decoration

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

“Up All Night” Characters are Modern Architecture Fans

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I love Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph and GOB Bluth, I mean, Will Arnett, and their new show Up All Night is hilarious. I also love seeing the work of set designers, and how the sets tell us about the characters. Apparently, they are into Case Study Houses and Richard Neutra (see bottom right corner). With a new baby in the house, these tomes don’t stand a chance of keeping that prime position on the coffee table!

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

The Patrick Townsend Light Goes

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I’m a huge nerd and I LOVE me some Smallville. First of all, I am so happy that Chloe is back, but even more exciting was realizing that Watchtower has a Patrick Townsend White Orbit Chandy, one of my all-time faves. I knew it was MoMA-worthy, but wow, to be Watchtower-worthy is even cooler! I swear I tried to take 20 pics of the TV and this was the best I could do…

Perhaps it’s so over exposed because Chloe is reopening the big oculus and letting the vigilantes bathe in “the light”… O.K. now I’m geeking out while also pulling out themes from my 10th grade five paragraph essay about Heart of Darkness. Anyhoo, here’s a better look at this beauty:

Is anyone else sad about the end of Smallville? I may have to start actually going out on Friday nights when it’s over!

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Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Dexter Set Design

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Recently someone tipped me off to Production Designer and Interior Designer Brandy Alexander’s online portfolio and I found myself studying the sets from Dexter intently. Now the storyline has changed dramatically since these sets were designed (no spoilers here – I know a lot of people get into these shows later in big Netflix marathons), but I found it really funny to compare Dexter’s perfect condo with Rita’s cluttered family house. Brandy has told us so much about these characters from the moment they were first introduced to us, as well as about their differences via the set design. Check out Dexter’s c clean modern pad full of iconic modern furniture…

…with Rita’s overstuffed, shabby un-chic house:

(it is a cool little atomic ranch though, isn’t it?)

all images from Brandy Alexander Designs

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Monday, November 15th, 2010

B*tch Stole My Wallpaper

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I was sitting around watching Fashion Police on E! the other night (I’m so glad Joan is back, speaking of, have you seen Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work? It’s EXCELLENT!). Anyway, once I got past all of those gold drapes, pictures of stars in outfits good and bad and hanging glass bubble, I noticed this fabulous wallpaper:

It’s Graham and Brown Barbara Hulanicki Viva Pattern Wallpaper, and it’s one of my favorite things we shill over here at Design Public. Here’s what it really looks like in all its glory, not what it looks like taken from a television screen with an iPhone camera!

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

TV Set Decoration We Love: In Treatment

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I was so excited to see one of my favorite actresses, Amy Ryan, join the cast of In Treatment on HBO (along with another favorite actress, Debra Winger). I was even more excited to see the way the set decorators did up her light-filled office. The lightness actually played a part in the storyline as well. It seems that therapy offices on television are always great – I loved trying to learn a little bit more about Dr. Melfi on The Sopranos through her office decor, while Tony Soprano squirmed in a modern chair; then there was Betty Draper lying across a Barcelona daybed and using an ashtray on a tulip side table on Mad Men. Now we have Gabriel Byrne squirming in his new therapists office on In Treatment. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen bright pops of color in one of these offices on television:

I think I spy an Offi W Magazine Stand and a Metropolis mag:

Oh since I mentioned those other therapy offices, I thought I might as well post these as well, just for fun. I swear that dancer statue of Dr. Melfi’s was always changing!

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