ADG Perspective

March-April 2024

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4 4 P E R S P E C T I V E | M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 2 4 I've always loved period design. Because of this, I've collected sixteen thousand-plus images of period detail on Pinterest. Specifically, I love Los Angeles, my hometown. I am a third-generation Angeleno, and love images of the world that my mom or my grandparents lived in. When I was hired for Lessons in Chemistry, this was an opportunity of a lifetime for me. Set in Los Angeles of the 1950s, it ties into all my interests of time and place. Plus, I had my own expert at home in a mother who lived through it all. However, it turned out living through a period in time doesn't give you automatic insight into that time, or even an accurate memory of what it looked like. But my mom did tell me interesting stories. It is said that a certain time period is never only that period, rather is every decade before that layered together in a crazy quilt of design. In fact, if you look at your home right now, I bet there is at least one item from the 1950s, a mere seventy years ago. There is probably even more from the '60s and the '70s and so on. It's a daunting task to decide what that mix is. There is a similar dynamic in the architecture of a city. Los Angeles is fairly young. It's also a constantly changing city that demolishes the old and worships the new. This just makes the search for vintage Los Angeles all the more challenging and intriguing. A d v e n t u r e s i n 1 9 5 0 s L o s A n g e l e s L E S S O N S I N C H E M I S T R Y B Y C AT S M I T H , P R O D U C T I O N D E S I G N E R A. SUPPER AT SIX SHOT AT ACE STAGE 1, DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES. PRODUCTION STILL. A

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