Tuesday, April 5, 2011


If  you are like me, you've  been watching Mildred Pierce on HBO and you know the sets are wonderful, the art direction is perfect, and the lighting is true.  

Thanks to one man Frank Ferra. Over the years while new money was ripping out and throwing away most of the lighting in  Los Angeles, Frank bought and collected hundreds of pieces, later to reproduce. If your wondering where the set designers shop, go no further than Ferra's.

Go check out Frank Ferra's, 338 North La Brea, Hollywood, 323- 9343953.
He's very old school, he has no web site and never will, and if you pretend to be a Republican he'll give you a better price or just be nice.


Little Augury said...

Oh no- I could never pretend to a be a Republican, but i could try being nice! I have not watch so tempting to but I hope I can catch it again. Now tell me what You think of the series? pgt

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Love this kind of stuff. I always buy vintage lighting over new. I'd love to browse that store.

Kathy said...

K...I definitely want to visit his spot the next time I am out your way (hopefully longer than 48 hours!). I could not pretend to be a Republican...but I can be nice!...k

Laurent said...

How can a man welcome pretenders in both categories, Republican and nice? I don't suppose, though, Kevin, it's dangerous, necessarily, to deal with a schizophrenic in an arm's length transaction. Glad to notice no mention of other stipulations, then!

What a neat find, thanks vm.

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

Laurent, When I stated, to pretend to be a Republican, it was only because the owner of the shop is a old fashioned Republican. Nothing like the new kind, and that old fashioned kind includes my father and my mother. Both swing voters, and both swinging for several years towards the D. When I mentioned being nice, it was unrelated to the mention of the R, it was only because being nice in Los Angeles is rare, special, and always well recieved.
Gaye and Nita, I think you both would like the miniseries, not just the sets, but the acting as well. Todd Hayes always does a remarkable job placing the viewer in a marked time period and Kathy, just get your butt out here!

Mark D. Ruffner said...

I think these lamps would fit the style of so many of the Spanish "castles" we have here in Florida. Same period, much the same architecture. It seems to me as though there might be a wrought iron revival in the making.

Laurent said...

Kevin, thanks for the etymologies! I should have assumed you were referring to the civiised breed in both categories.

life, in small chunks said...

I'm glad you clarified that he is "old-school" republican - those I can live with. I'm glad someone in California is saving all the old stuff, too. (Spoken as someone who grew up there!) Karin

The Vintique Object said...

Fascinating. Your blog AND this post. You so rarely come across people(blogs) who have a very distinct sense of style, and that is something you definitely have. I enjoyed your house tour on Apartment Therapy very much.

Now about Mildred Pierce. Looking into this now. But alas, we have no TV. Will it come out on video?

Thanks for becoming a follower. Looking forward to following you,

Naz said...

I'm loving the Mildred Pierce mini series. The sets are spot on perfect.

Liz Lemery Joy said...

Hi Kevin,
I really enjoy your blog. Great finds, great designs and great pics! We have been frequenting LA lately. We'll have to call you. Oh, and.....you had me at Republican :)

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Hi Kevin,
I wish I hadn't missed this...but I'll catch it another time. I watched the original again for the gazillionth time just last week. The lighting itself is fabulous, not to mention the sets. I'm with pgt - but I'll be nice and wear red. Ha!

normadesmond said...


mildred's been delish....too bad it's only 5 parts.

Kristin H said...

What a fun post! Hollywood reminders...used to live there for 7 years.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

What a wonderful post.
I'm pretty entranced with Mildred Pierce, though I've only just seen the first installment.
This segue into the world of California gothica by way of iron and sconce is perfection.
Keeping weaving your Hollywood spell, oh mighty man.
Cheers and best, Alcira