Mad Men Season 6 Episode 6 ‘For immediate release’ behind the scenes

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The recent episode was so full of unexpected drama after a very slow season, that it has taken nearly a week  for the Green Wedding Girls to be able to look beyond the storyline and examine the settings of each and every thrilling, tension and humour-packed scene.
There were several scenes where we gained greater insight into character’s lives as seen by their surroundings and scenes where the future was juxtaposed with the past.
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A overarching theme this season, and previous, are women as hookers.
Leaving Joan’s one-time only deal aside (despite wearing hooker-green she is pointing out that she’s NOT a hooker), modern hookers in Mad Men look like go-go dancers.

It’s worth noting how the camera invites us in by peeping through the plastic beading curtain – so popular now-a-days in little girls bedrooms to give them that sense of fairytale – once the beads were a man’s fairytale.

The hooker in Episode 3 was also introduced from far away, but her surrounds reflect what was ‘opulent’ at the time.

Two Mad Men walk into a bar…

Is Don wearing the same jacket? Either way he’s the one not in a warm pattern. This week’s bar reflected all the faux regency, fancy hotels and restaurants and reception centres we’ve seen this season – none of which rate a homewares, design mention.

Except this showcase cathedral for the Chevy. Wow, I don’t like cars or cathedrals but if anythings shows how polished wood and gleaming metal are a match made in consumer heaven – well this is definitely the shot!
Fresco salad servers by Stars Milano

It’s even a nice combo for salad servers 😉

We need to talk about Kevin Kenny
This was the first time we’ve seen the inside of Kenny’s office. And like Kenny, it’s all about blonde…wood.
It’s so non-specific monotone but of-the-era. There’s no coloured chair, coloured lamp or even much colour in the art other than the tan, black, ivory palette.
Kenny is largely seen as even-tempered and un-fussy – his office reflects this. He gets his work done and he gets outa there.
Also, I think Kenny’s real life is in his writing (just like mine NOT) and so he keeps his work space just that – a tidy, office space. His colour is at home. Others like Peggy, Pete and Ted get their fulfillment from work. They spend most of their time, energy and brainpower at work. As a result their desks are cluttered with personal ornaments, paperwork etc.

The only thing not tan in Ken’s office is – Pete – who wears greys and blues. Today he sits on a grey wall background with a blue/grey couch.
Each man is framed in their colour palette.
Small note – the orange phone and counting machine (what is that??) great colour.

Pete, Don and Roger often wear greys, blues – cool colours. Teddie wears warm colours – tans, oranges. Their offices reflect these colour palettes. Cool people, warm people – it’s simple but holds true. Last week, when Ted kissed Peggy it was because she thought he was strong not ‘nice’. Honey-toned ted, tan-toned Kenny. 

Notably, Don has those 2 red/orange chairs in his office denoting beneath his often beige (macintosh, sportcoat) exterior are some red-hot spots.
 
Pete may have felt blue when talking to Kenny, but things turn much darker when confronted with Trudi’s Papa at his almost funereal offices. Again, Pete thoughtfully wore a suit to match. It’s still beautiful though, the black and gold combo – but here its chic not chav.
Cushion by Eastbourne
A tale of 2 Rogers
  


Roger’s office has always stood out as clinical and white. He has a lightweight demeanor, superficial, 2-dimensional.
However at home he has an opulent warm style, not as showy as his mum’s but still – the woods, the gold’s, even the patterns in the duvet – are in stark contrast to his cool, grey exterior in the office.
Trudi is also warm in the living room – or at least colourful – and cool in the bedroom. She loves a matching large-bloom floral regardless of the location.

Mad about kitchens
Finally, we get a good look at Trudi and Megan’s kitchens. The women would be similar in age but Trudi has taken the suburban housewife (Betty II) path and her faux country/provincial kitchen with it’s display plates, duck-egg blue and wood with exposed mock-Tudor hinges – not to mention the wallpaper – reflects her choice of dream kitchen
Unlike in the bedroom, where she knew Pete was coming and stood out in the Salmon ensemble – here she’s caught unawares in a plain taupe coat that almosts blends her into the wallpaper. doesn’t fit in here like he does in the office – any office – his suit colour cannot be found anywhere.
Her creamer however can be found even today.
Oiseaux De Paradis – Creamer by Gien France
Provence cup & saucer by Gien France
I’ve been waiting every week for a good look at the Draper’s tres modern kitchen. The colour palette, the use of bold pattern, the glass display cabinetry and the server all speak to this being more for entertaining adults than raising a family. I noticed the display glass in previous episodes.
Blue glass is back today too so your dishrack can now look just like the Draper’s
Lucia glassware by Mint Home
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Unexpected inspiration with cereal bowls at NGV

 In what’s turning out to be my monthly visit to Melbourne’s fabulous NGV I was struck by the simple beauty of their new work, Cinamen, by Celeste Boursier-Moutenot, in the foyer area.
At first it looks like a pool with lilypads but on moving closer you see 150 white ceramic bowls of various sizes gently, slowly, floating in a clockwise circle.
Get even closer and you hear the lyrical sounds as these bowls gently bump each other creating unexpected and sweet music like a wind chime in a gently breeze.
It’s one to sit and contemplate to. Meditate, read a book and feel the incredible peace and simplicity.
However the work is also incredibly complex in that no bowl is exactly the same size and the bowls are created so as not to tip each other over.
It’s rare to see something so everyday in a brand new way. 

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Mad Men Season 6 Behind the scenes – Spot the difference

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.

Hotel vs Soap set
Here is Don & Megan’s hotel room room in Hawaii. There’s blue walls with cream/gold detail and inlay. There’s a dark wood 4-post carved bed with a deep red, almost royal bedspread, cream/gold couch and wooden occasional furniture.

Here is Megan on set at her TV show within a TV show where she’s a maid for some rich white folks (I note this because in ‘real Mad Men’ the help tend to be African-American or Latino – Carla, Roger’s shoe shine guy, Megan’s maid etc.
A set needs to be brighter than life and smaller in size so characters can quickly cross the room and interact. However The rooms are strikingly similar. From the golden curtains, to the red patterned bedspread and dark wood 4-poster bed (shorter posts so it’s easy to ravage the hot maid from any angle), to the cream furniture and of course – the season colour – blue/grey walls. The walls are embellished with cream in lay as well.
 Diner vs Diner

 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.

Fancy restaurant vs fancy reception fabrics
Finally these two shots make me think, that yes, it’s all about budgets for Mad Men set designers who’ve cut the couch and the panel from the same truly ugly (by today’s standards) cloth.

Accident or design? Your thoughts please?