The Americans

The Wallpaper is Back

A while back, I wrote about the wallpaper in Mad Men vs. The Americans.  The thesis was that cutting edge wallpaper in the 60's, would become mass produced by the 80's and used in suburban homes.

Mad Men - 1960's

Mad Men - 1960's

The Americans - 1980's

The Americans - 1980's

Now there is another data point:

The Skeleton Twins - Gay bar on Dyke Night

The Skeleton Twins - Gay bar on Dyke Night

The trailer for The Skeleton Twins was just released and The Americans's wallpaper is featured in a bar set.  This would fit with the thesis because this bar probably put this wallpaper up in the 80's and has spent the next 30 years regretting it. 

Are 60's and 80's the same?

The Americans: Season 1, Episode 10

The Americans: Season 1, Episode 10

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I was watching The Americans and became intrigued by the kitchen set.  The show is about KGB agents undercover in the early 80's posing as the perfect American family.  

I was planning on writing about patterned back-splashes (because who doesn't love that), but then the next show I watched was an episode of Mad Men.  Low and behold, a very very similar wallpaper was used in Ted Chaough mid 60's office.  

 

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 9

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 9

The wallpaper in Mad Men is called Trippy by Graham & Brown.  It goes for $60/roll.  

Does it strike anyone as odd that virtually the same wall paper can define two stylistically different eras?   

Or maybe it makes perfect sense.  The sets of Mad Men are supposed to be sleek and modern.  The colors, and patters are were chosen because they were the most current and cutting edge design.   

Fast forward twenty years and we see a stereotypical suburban family kitchen with the same colors and patters.  As the cool slick design of the 60's gets mass produced, these average suburbanites purchase the status symbol decor items which have finally reached their local shops and catalogs.  But they are twenty years two late.  

What was actually on trend in the 80's was probably something that looked a little more like this: 

Panache Interiors

Panache Interiors

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