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Beth Kushnick started her career as a Set Decorator in the film and television industry over twenty five years ago. She is a native New Yorker having always lived in Manhattan. Her feature film credits include Reversal of Fortune, Hide and Seek, Rounders, Mortal Thoughts, and Private Parts. Beth has decorated the East Coast units of The Insider, Jumanji, Frequency, Wanted, and National Treasure. Her television credits include The Good Wife, Fringe, Trial By Jury, and Conviction. Beth is a Hall of Fame Inductee and board member of The Set Decorators Society of America as well as a member of both The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Have a question for Beth email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @GoodWifeSetDec
Tell me more about the new chairs we are seeing in Season Three across from Diane’s desk. They are really striking.
Those are the Ankara Chairs with a fennel colored seat cushion from Crate and Barrel. They are a perfect example of how I have taken an item from a retail store and re purposed it to look a bit different and adapt it to the needs of shooting. Although the chair is low and open which is what I had been looking for to get a great view from the back the seat was very deep. To solve that I had beautiful embroidered linen pillows custom made so they would support the actors sitting in them and work for our needs. You can see the chairs at www.crateandbarrel.com and have the pillows made at www.wolfhomeny.com
I am fascinated by your selection of the JFK Resolute desk for Peter Florrick’s new office. Is there any place I could learn more about it?
I was thrilled to find the desk available for sale online at www.victorianreplicas.com and get it cross-country so quickly. David Newton has a great video on his website where you can definitely get a history lesson. Peter Florrick’s desk as well as the other JFK memorabilia I used to dress this set are some of my favorites of any season on the show.
The bright colors of the chairs in the new Lockhart and Gardiner bullpen outside Eli Gold’s office are just perfect. They look similar to the orange one’s from Season Two. Are they made by the same company?
Good observation. Both sets of chairs are from Haworth. The new splash of color on set is from the Very Chair in powder blue, lime green, and gray. Trust me they are “very cool!” You can see them and find a dealer at www.haworth.com
In last weeks episode on the video we saw a British judge referred to as “Your Lordship.” Was that a set he was sitting in? Did I see actual British law books?
Yes it was a small set that we built outside of Lockhart and Gardner so both sides of the video chat could be filmed simultaneously. I did rent British law books, which are taller than American ones. In addition I had a tea service and a white wig on a stand, which is a part of traditional English court dress and used some great antique furniture and lighting to capture the feel of our judge abroad.
What gives with the bowl of piano keys in Eli Gold’s office?
Thanks to an observant fan I was reminded this summer on twitter when working on Eli Gold’s new office that in his first episode on the show he was described as a concert pianist. I have a metronome as dressing in his office and when we got the second script since we needed something for the action in the scene we decided to keep going with the pianist theme. I called a piano repair store and bought some piano keys. They make a fantastic decorative accessory - in the right bowl of course!