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Even though Star Trek: The Original Series was circa 2266 to 2269, the decor was very much of the era it was produced, the late ‘60s. The show’s aesthetic was inspired by the mid-century modern style, which was coming to an end when the show finished. The new book, Star Trek: Designing the Final Frontier: How Midcentury Modernism Shaped Our View of the Future, celebrates the show’s design and is now on sale on Amazon.
As experts on this type of style and avid fans of Star Trek, authors Dan Chavkin and Brian McGuire created a book that married these two elements of their personalities. Inside this 168-page book, which is now $8 off, you’ll discover details about the show’s distinctive style. Dive deep into how each element from the chairs to the saltshakers on the USS Enterprise was created.
The book starts with a foreword written by make-up, digital, and effects artist Doug Drexler who worked on various Star Trek shows and movies from 1990 to 2006. Then, each section of the book delves into a season of the show and dissects different elements. You’ll find synopses of the episode, production sketches, set photographs, and explanations of the object and designer’s history. In between, there are chapters about the show’s fashion, the concept of brutalism, and the influence of midcentury advertising.
Head on over to Amazon for your hardback sale copy of Star Trek: Designing the Final Frontier: How Midcentury Modernism Shaped Our View of the Future by Dan Chavkin and Brian McGuire for $32. Catch up on your favorite Star Trek shows on Paramount+.