Posted Jan 13, 2010 in Arts | 1 Comment

James Provost: Mid-Century Man


Anyone acquainted with AMC’s Mad Men can tell you that the series basically busies itself with slow-moving plot lines that fill in context for how its characters come to find themselves amidst those much blogged-about sets. Don’t get me wrong.  I love the show to death, but its art design definitely deserves its dues, and so it’s only fair that some of those sleekly curated set pieces share some of the spotlight. Or, if you can’t get the same pieces used in the show, just show the next best thing.

See, the work of artist/illustrator James Provost is a mid-century modern goldmine. His designs echo the Charles Eames furniture of yesteryear, serving as perfect examples of mid-century classics. And while they may bear no actual relationship to Mad Men, it easy to see how someone could mix the two up since the designs of the pieces seem similar. These egg chairs, however, are less Mad Men and more Men in Black. (Speaking of which, remember when this happened)?


According to his website, “James grew up drawing, playing with computers, and taking things apart to learn how they worked.” While this description might conjure up an image of Provost as a bookish busybody with the kind of meth-addled panache necessary to take apart these beasts, he otherwise sounds pretty cool. Apparently his interests “united in the BA Technical Illustration program at Sheridan College, where he graduated with honours. Since then, James has been freelancing full-time for advertising, design, engineering, manufacturing, and publishing clients, creating highly detailed and accurate illustrations of science and technology subjects.” What little time James has left over seems to be filled up with regular maintainence of his imagekind and Flickr accounts, which are exactly where you can see more of (and actually buy) his work. Or, you can just scroll down for more examples.





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  1. Laurence Côté says:

    oh cool, there have been two of those metal frame and leather strips chairs in my parents’ living room for as long as I can remember

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