SUCCESSION


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    Set Decorator George DeTitta Jr SDSA has taken us into periods and places, into people’s lives and their environments innumerable times, yet the approach is always fresh, always accessible, always discerning, visual storytelling that enhances the overall story.
    Here he takes us into the world of the super elite...the Logan Roy family and the international conglomerate the scion has built, the fortunes amassed...
    [His comments in italics]

    Heir apparent...he certainly has it in his sights...Kendall Roy and his step mother...

    Jeremy Strong, Hiam Abbass, Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    “Built on stage, the entry way looking into the living room. Our dressing crew installed this beautiful, custom patterned floor with real marble tiles.”

    Beautiful framing for a couple making up after a spat, Logan’s daughter Siobhan aka Shiv and her husband Tom Wamsgans

    Matthew Macfadyen, Sarah Snook.
    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2018 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    “Entry way and stairwell built on stage.
    Antique console table, modern art, and hand-carved Egyptian chairs...”


    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2018 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    Subtle, tasteful elevator entry. You can tell the set dressing for the day has not yet been completed, tables are currently bare of the florals that help determine atmosphere and mood, as well as a few objet de arte that can tell a story or two...

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2018 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    “Living room built on stage. A sophisticated tone-on-tone palette in the townhouse was used to avoid drawing overt attention to the family's wealth
    Flowers by the talented James Rainbow...”


    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    “Fabric houses Cowtan & Tout and JAB Anstoetz worked quickly to expedite fabrics from Europe to us for the custom upholstery and draperies...”

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2018 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    Fingers of sunlight paint the different moods...
    Logan [Brain Cox] and his wife Marcy [Hiam Abbass]

    Photo by Colin Hutton ©2018 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    Again, awaiting the floral delivery...magazines, books...everything current to that day’s script...

    “This is the reverse of the living room stage build, looking into the elevator entry. We incorporated reflective surfaces, one of the show's main visual tropes, into many of Logan's contemporary furniture pieces and paired it all with antique Jansen commodes...”


    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    “Logan watches his news network...one he owns...in a room that mixes antique burled furniture with contemporary upholstery...”

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    “The study also serves as a den...”

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    “Again, built on stage. From this viewpoint, you can see the flow into several key rooms, each in its own context...”

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    “In this set, we mixed a variety of different styles of classic and contemporary art to showcase the Roys' ever-changing collection over the years....”

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    “The Lounge features Roman shades in LIZZO fabric, reprinted by the company from a discontinued pattern just for our show...”

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    “Custom upholstery by Corona Upholstery...”

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    “Chess is an elemental part of this family...”

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO




  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    “Brian Cox as Logan in his Lounge [an onstage build]...
    Thanks to our friends at Newel Props for this lovely black lacquer chest of drawers...”


    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse, aftermath...

    “Logan's library in the Roy Townhouse was actually a full dress on location, which also involved disassembling his hospital bed to fit it up a flight of stairs...”

    Jeremy Strong, Brian Cox. Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    “Logan’s Library...”

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan Roy Townhouse...

    “Logan’s Library...” shot on location offered the team the opportunity to provide a mix of classic and high-end contemporary...

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Roy Summer Compound, Hamptons, NY
    Season 2...


    Shot on location at The Henry Ford Estate, known to be the most expensive real estate listing on the market. This set is the Roy’s Formal Dining Room, a beautiful setting for high drama to open the second season of the series.
    Artwork by Michael Alan.

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO.


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan’s Study, Roy Summer Compound,
    Hamptons, NY
    Season 2...


    Oligarch Logan Roy [Brian Cox] at his summer home study – he can plot deviously from anywhere...

    The desk was rented from Newel Props.
    Desk lamp was purchased from Global Views.
    Floor Lamp was purchased from Arteriors.
    Artwork by Art On Set.

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO.


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan’s Study, Roy Summer Compound,
    Season 2...


    Logan [Brian Cox] and his daughter Shiv [Sarah Snook]...

    Lounge chairs were purchased at Lillian August, reupholstered by Freddy at Corona Upholstery fabric by Zarin.
    The table lamps are E.F. Chapman Kang’s, sold by Visual Comfort.

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO.


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Logan’s Study, Roy Summer Compound,
    Season 2...


    Logan [Brian Cox] and his daughter Shiv [Sarah Snook] have a face-to-face...

    Smalls on bookshelves and credenza were sourced through local antique shops. Desk blotter set was purchased through Pigeon and Poodle.

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO.


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Hunting Lodge, Hungary
    Season 2...


    George points out,
    “Whereas some of the British scenes are shot in the UK, this Old-World hunting lodge in Hungary was shot at location at Oheka Castle in West Hills, NY.
    The table was rented from Eclectic Encore.
    The chairs were rented from Newel Props.
    We brought in the taxidermy from Frank J. Zitz & Co, as well as faux taxidermy made by our scenic department.
    All curtains and table linens were made by Circle Studios.
    The fine China was promoted through Michael Aram.”

    Brain Cox & cast.
    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO.




  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Tern Haven, Pierce family country estate,
    Season 2...

    Shiv [Sarah Snook] and her husband Tom [Matthew Macfadyen] at the mansion of old-money media rivals, the Pierce family.

    Shot on location at Salutations, Glen Cove, NY
    George reveals, “This was my return to the SABRINA house! These were the same hallways I did for Harrison Ford’s character’s estate in the film SABRINA.
    1995 vs 2019
    Now I was furnishing for the Pierce matriarch, played by Cherry Jones...and as I walked through during our scout, I saw some of the furnishings we had made for the film were still there!
    Here, chair and side tables by Theodore Alexander.”

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO.



  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Tern Haven, Pierce family country estate,
    Nan’s study, Season 2...

    Rhea Jarrell, CEO Pierce Media Group [Holly Hunter] with Nan Pierce [Cherry Jones], head of the family dynasty...

    Again, George was “home” at the Salutations location where he spent almost a year when doing the film SABRINA.
    For this set: “Floral arrangement by James Rainbow.
    The bookcase was purchased through Theodore Alexander, as well as the coffee table.
    The sofa was built by our upholsterer at Corona Upholstery. The chair was also reupholstered at Corona with fabric from Fabric Mill.
    All smalls for this set were purchased at various antique dealers through NY, CT, & PA.”

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO.


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Waystar Congressional Hearing,
    Senate Hearing Room, Season 2...


    “We very early on researched the different Senate hearing rooms, and we went with research from the Kavanaugh Senate confirmation for the Supreme Court for our stage build at Silvercup East Studios...”

    Image courtesy of HBO.



  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Waystar Congressional Hearing,
    Senate Hearing Room, Season 2...


    “My biggest challenge was the set of large sconces adorning the walls.
    The art department designed from the Senate research, and I had BB Props in Little Falls NJ create and build the large scones, which were then handed off to our scenic department for their final finish.
    They were sensational in every respect.
    All other furniture was from Arenson Prop Center & David Drummond.
    Carpeting from Carpet Time.”

    Image courtesy of HBO.


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Waystar Congressional Hearing,
    Senate Hearing Room, Season 2...


    Matthew Macfadyen, who plays Tom is quoted in a Vanity Fair article,
    “They built this extraordinary set in the studio in Queens.
    I mean, it was just amazing. It felt [like] the full shebang. You wouldn’t have guessed it was a studio set...”

    Photo by Zach Dilgard ©2019 HBO.



  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Waystar Congressional Hearing,
    Senate Hearing Room, Season 2...


    “...Going on there to shoot a sequence was terrifying.”

    Matthew Macfadyen, J. Smith-Cameron.
    Photo by Zach Dilgard ©2019 HBO.



  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Waystar Congressional Hearing,
    Senate Hearing Room, Season 2...


    George notes,
    “Craftsmanship made the room.”

    Electronics/microphones: Markertek
    Blinds: Stricklands

    Photo by Zach Dilgard ©2019 HBO.


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Waystar...

    “The corporate setting for the Roys’ international media conglomerate, Waystar, which we built on location in New York’s World Trade Center.”

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Waystar...

    Logan’s Executive Office
    He does not want to give up the reins...

    Brian Cox. Photo by Craig Blankenhorn ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Waystar...

    “We found some great old prints of Scotland & other artifacts that gave a hint to Logan's ancestry...”

    Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong. Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO



  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Waystar...

    Kendall’s office
    Disappointed but determined...

    Jeremy Strong. Photo by Craig Blankenhorn ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Waystar...

    “Roman in his office at Waystar...
    We found a few great vintage office pieces on 1st Dibs, this desk being one of them.”


    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO


  • Set Decorator
    George DeTitta Jr SDSA
    Production Designer
    Steve Carter
    HBO


    Waystar Corporate Headquarters, NYC
    Looking into Logan’s Office, Season 2...


    Season 2, these two siblings, Kendall [Jeremy Strong] and Shiv [Sarah Snook] were played the most nastily by their Machiavellian father. But it runs in the family...spoiler alert!

    “As I mentioned, this location, the corporate headquarters for Waystar, was a full build within an empty floor at The New World Trade Center. We had one month, with many restrictions to build & dress the entire floor. Now, we'll be creating a new one for the upcoming Season 3...
    The gray sofas were purchased through Room and Board. The rosewood credenza was purchased through Lillian August. The guest chairs were purchased from Century Furniture. The bullpen furniture was purchased thru Jensen Lewis.”

    Photo by Peter Kramer ©2019 HBO.


July 16th, 2020 by Updated from 5-31-2019 with Season 2 photos!

SEE NEW PHOTOS FOR SEASON 2 IN THE GALLERY ABOVE!!!


There’s no question that SUCCESSION, at its root, is a family story. 
There’s also a tragic side to it...you see how massive wealth and power distort and twist and wound this family...” 
–Director/Executive Producer Adam McKay, HBO
 
 
SETDECOR checked in with Set Decorator George DeTitta Jr SDSA about the hit series...tragedy, drama & wry humor amid luxurious surroundings...just before the second season began, and again now that it has completed as fascinating a season as the first! Check the gallery above for photos from Season 2 now as well!
 
“HBO’s SUCCESSION centers around the Roy family, a tumultuous and contrarian group at the head of a billion-dollar multimedia empire.
Creating the world of the super elite on an episodic television schedule was an ambitious challenge. Working from a pilot that helped establish a distinct look, we faced the usual dilemma of finding and designing studio and location settings under strict time constraints.” 
 
“Steve Carter, our production designer, and his team of art directors designed several stage sets: our main set, Logan Roy’s Townhouse, along with a complete luxury hospital wing and suite, a few other rooms, and a corporate gym. Along with the stage sets, we designed the corporate setting for the Roys’ international media conglomerate, Waystar, which was built on location in a completely empty floor in New York’s World Trade Center. Starting with a stark, raw space and uneven concrete floors, we faced the challenge of creating a modern, glistening corporate headquarters in under four weeks—floors, walls, ceilings, furnishings and all!” 
 
“We didn’t want to draw overt attention to the family’s wealth with the decoration of the show, instead selecting a mix of pieces, both contemporary and antique, to tell the story of their elevated place in society more subtly. Sourcing appropriate, high-end set dressing on an episodic television schedule presented another very specific challenge, and we relied heavily on many gracious vendors to rush goods to us in very tight timeframes.”* 
 
“Here is the end result of that hard work, and I’m incredibly thankful to have a brilliant set decoration team who delivered such beautiful work. Without their creative energy and determination, none of this could have been achieved. Many thanks to Lauren DeTitta, Daniel Kersting, Judy Gurr, Laura Nemesi, Dan DeTitta, my fabulous office staff, and of course Bryan Walsh and his set dressing team who worked tirelessly around the clock.”
 
 
 Newel Props
 
 
 
*The gracious and exceptional vendors whom DeTitta particularly thanks include SDSA International Business Members:
Newel Props
Art for Film
Bridge Props
Carpet Time Inc
City Knickerbocker Inc
Eclectic/Encore Props
Prop N Spoon
Alpha Companies Motion Picture Rentals
 



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