THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL Season 3 is the continued joy ride back in time to the early 1960s, masterfully executed by the dream team of Production Designer Bill Groom and Set Decorator Ellen Christiansen SDSA and their cohorts.*
Written and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the newest season of Amazon’s runaway hit series begins with a bang, thrusting Midge Maisel
[Rachel Brosnahan] and her manager Susie
[Alex Borstein] onto a whirlwind cross-country tour, starting with a massive USO show and opening for singing sensation Shy Baldwin
The tour continues, featuring iconic 1960’s Las Vegas strip hotels and casinos, such as the Phoenician, with an epic attention to period detail reminiscent of the “Rat Pack” era in full swing.
Jewel tones and gold lamé transitions to candy colors, ocean breezes and palm trees bringing the viewers back in time to the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami.
It’s here that Midge
discovers the “staircase-to-nowhere” where ladies showcase their latest fabulous vacation fashions.
This season offers a consistent enviable array of pristine hotel lounges, stages, lobbies, corridors and poolside spaces, which is each distinctive and a visual feast for the eyes.
One of the later stops on the tour finds Midge
on the stage of the famed Apollo theatre in New York City performing in the company of the iconic and beloved comedian Moms Mabley
[Wanda Sykes]. After the tour has an abrupt break, Midge
make ends meet when Midge
starts working as a voiceover artist in midtown.
Meanwhile, her parents, Rose
[Marin Hinkle, Tony Shalhoub] reluctantly leave their coveted Upper West Side apartment, moving to the dreaded suburbs and settling in Moishe
[Kevin Pollak, Caroline Aaron] new house in Forest Hills, Queens. The visual storytelling moves effortlessly from a sophisticated well-appointed Manhattan interior of refined objects and décor to a bold visually contrasted checkerboard foyer welcoming them to their new, yet temporary accommodations. Bright marigold walls in the kitchen, layered with knickknacks and cookbooks, as well as the constant presence of loud dueling radio and television, create a casual middle-class aesthetic of the time. These brilliant visual cues beautifully support the boisterous nature of Rose
ex-in laws which is seemingly grating to their delicate nerves.
[Michael Zegen] entrepreneurial spirit is in full force when he takes ownership of a space previously owned by a button company in the heart of Chinatown to create his own nightclub. Aptly named The Button Club
, the charming interior architecture, color scheme, tin tiles and stage have a distinctive Chinese flavor enmeshed with the grit of downtown Manhattan. It’s in Chinatown, where Joel
[Stephanie Hsu] his new love interest, and discovers a hidden side to the club!
At the last moment, Midge
steps up and saves his club's opening night...which opens myriad possibilities for Season 4!
Thanks go to JoAnn Vara, SDSA Board Member and fan of the series, for this marvelous recap of Season 3, plus the on-camera interview with Set Decorator Ellen Christiansen SDSA as part of our video series, Inside the Set with SET DECOR.
Click through the fabulous photos above, watch the fascinating video...
and, if you missed Seasons 1 and 2, check the list below for the original article with more fabulous photos and behind-the-scenes details!
Enjoy! We know you will!
*Set Decorator Ellen Christiansen SDSA would like to acknowledge her team on THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, Season 3:
Assistant Set Decorator Imogen Lee
Assistant Set Decorator Susan Kaufman SDSA
Assistant Set Decorator Colleen Rushton
Buyer Tyler Dawkins
Lead Dick Tice
Art Department Coordinator for Set Dec Kho Wong
Co Set Decorator Barbara Peterson
Assistant Set Decorator Jane Johnson
Assistant Set Decorator Nancy Sivitz
Lead Mark Dane
Ellen would also like to acknowledge some of the exceptional resources she relies on for this series, especially florist Christopher Bassett, 1st
Dibs, the following SDSA Business members:
Bridge Furniture & Props
History for Hire
Kravet Inc NYC
Lennie Marvin’s Prop Heaven
Universal Studios Property
Warner Bros. Studios