We’re half way through the season and looking so closely at this show, I’ve found that there are scenes and colour schemes that mirror each other. Whether this is by conscious or unconscious design, or by budget constraints (better use up that paint, fabric etc), or maybe they just ran out of ideas (doubt it) it delivers a unity throughout the many sets of the Mad Men world.
Last week, on ep 4, we saw dawn and her friend, Mod Bridezilla, catch up for girlie chit cats at their local. Very Seinfeld! This week Ginsberg took his lovely blind date to a diner so we’ve 2 of these fine establishments to consider.
The main difference seems to be the vibe. The lighting in Dawn’s diner is darker and smokey, Ginsberg’s lighting is almost hospital crisp.
The colour palette in both is tied by the wine-red seating but while Ginsberg’s diner is accented by clean cream walls and a white as white counter, Dawn’s diner has dark woods, mint green walls, dark wood panelling and a black/white motelled counter top.
Overall, Ginsberg’s diner – and perhaps this is purely because he is taking someone on a date so may have taken her to a slightly nicer joint – is bright, uniform, and balanced – even the prints on the wall are neat and tidy in their array. In Dawn’s diner the prints are hung with less precision, the size and shapes are not uniform.