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Mad Men
The Drapers’ Apartment in Manhattan, 1968

Set Decorator: Claudette Didul

1. Patio Furniture
The table and chairs cost $175 at Playclothes (vintageplayclothes.com), which sells mostly apparel. Didul covered the seats in oilcloth.

2. Couch
Show creator Matt Weiner ­requested a sunken living room, “like a conversation pit,” Didul says. Production designer Dan Bishop custom-built a sectional to suit the space, drawing inspiration from books by interior decorator Betty Pepis.

Photo: Michael Yarish/Courtesy of AMC

Mad Men

Kitchenware
Outlets like the Sherman Oaks ­Antique Mall are good for finding glassware. Didul also relies on Etsy. “Most people think Etsy is crafty stuff that people make, but the vintage stuff is great.”

Photo: Michael Yarish/Courtesy of AMC

Mad Men

Refrigerator
Tracking down this 1964 General Motors Frigidaire with a right-sided handle wasn’t easy (they are rare), but Didul managed it with the help of a local antique-­appliance dealer. “They found it—and in a great color.”

Photo: Michael Yarish/Courtesy of AMC

Mad Men

Television
Built-in TVs were “like the flat-screens of today,” Didul says. This set is from Harry Poster (harryposter.com), a vintage-television dealer based in New Jersey.

Photo: Michael Yarish/Courtesy of AMC

The Americans
Richard Patterson’s Apartment in Washington, D.C., 1981
Set Decorator: Andrew Baseman

1. Silk-Screened ’70s Mirror: Baseman picked this up at a thrift store in New Jersey for $5. “You can’t assume Patterson redecorated in 1981. Like most of us, he did it five or ten years ago.”
2. Shiny Furniture: Patterson is a womanizer, so his apartment needed to look a little sleazy. Chrome surfaces and that front-and-center animal print suggest bachelor pad.
3. Vintage Television: “It came with the owner’s manual and the original clunky remote, which you see on the coffee table,” Baseman says of the 1979 set, which he found in mint condition at an antiques shop in Brooklyn. At $200, it was cheaper than renting a comparable model from a prop house for a week.

Photo: Andrew Baseman

The Americans
Zhukov’s Bedroom in Russia, 1981

1. Tacky Wallpaper
Zhukov’s bedroom is actually a room inside a Brooklyn funeral home; the space had just the sort of garish wallpaper Baseman needed. “If someone called this tasteful, I’d be a little worried.”

2. Red Bedding
“We almost always use red for the Russians,” Baseman says. “I wanted the furniture to be over-the-top to show Zhukov’s wealth.”

Photo: Andrew Baseman

The Americans
KGB Tearoom in Russia, 1964

1. Lenin Wall Art
“Anything you hang you have to get clearance for,” Baseman explains. “The exceptions are antiques, anything pre-copyright. So all the paintings that look antique are antique.” But this portrait of Lenin? It’s a blown-up image (purchased from a photo service) mounted on foam board.

2. Red Rug
This was another thrift-store bargain ($65), especially since Baseman can reuse it. “Rugs I’ll use over and over again. A lot of times you just see a little piece of it; it’s innocuous enough.”

Photo: Andrew Baseman

Scandal
Olivia Pope’s Apartment in Washington, D.C., year unspecified

Production Designer: Corey Kaplan

1. Nonfamily Photos
We’re in the dark about Pope’s early life, and for now show creator Shonda Rhimes wants to keep it that way. “You don’t see baby pictures, a mother or father,” Kaplan says. The photos here are instead from Pope’s travels. “Shonda wrote, ‘Olivia goes into her apartment.’ And we were like, What? Olivia’s apartment? Hello! What do you want to see in there? She said, ‘Nothing personal. But parts of her travels around the world.’”

2. The Dining Room
“We also had many discussions about Olivia’s dining-room table. I said, ‘I’d love to see stuff there—her computer, her work.’ But Shonda believed that Olivia works right in bed.”

Photo: Danny Feld/Courtesy of ABC

Scandal

Grand Piano
Rhimes didn’t request the piano, but she approved it. “Shonda gives you one-word answers: Fine. Okay. No. I believe the piano was ‘Fine.’ And, believe me, it wouldn’t still be there if it wasn’t.”

Photo: Danny Feld/Courtesy of ABC

Scandal

1. The Living Room
Because Pope is always working, “she doesn’t do much entertaining,” Kaplan says. The goal, then, was to keep her place simple. “She decorates for comfort. She isn’t that fussy.” As for why we rarely see Pope’s kitchen, Kaplan says, “Does she seem like somebody that hangs out baking?”
2. Pillow Conversation
“If Kerry Washington [who stars as Pope] walks in and says, ‘I don’t think that blue pillow is me,’ we’ll have a discussion about it,” Kaplan says. “When we did Olivia’s bedroom and put a wardrobe in her closet, we couldn’t really get the right wardrobe at that moment. But Kerry really wanted the types of shoes that Olivia would wear in there. She needed to know that that was her character’s stuff. So get the lady her shoes.”

Photo: Danny Feld/Courtesy of ABC

Craig Murphey (left) Ten Eyck Street and Union Avenue, Williamsburg. Early in the morning of October 18, 2007, Murphey was biking home from escorting his date to her South Williamsburg apartment. According to police reports, Murphey attempted to outrun a gas truck turning left on Ten Eyck Street. His pelvis shattered on impact, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. In his honor, over 40 friends have since received tattoos that read BE BETTER.

Frank C. Simpson Linden Boulevard near 175th Street, St. Albans. Simpson, a janitor returning from the evening shift at a Con Edison facility, was hit by a Dodge Stratus on November 9, 2006.

Jose Mora (left) North Conduit and McKinley Avenues, Cypress Hills. On September 4, 2006, 11-year-old Mora was on his way to the barber for a back-to-school haircut; that week, he was to start the sixth grade at nearby Junior High School 302. He was struck by a Honda while walking his bike across an intersection.

Jonathan Neese South 4th Street and Roebling Street, Williamsburg. On August 12, 2006, Neese, a bike messenger known as “Bronx Jon,” was struck by a livery cab while cycling from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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