Monday, April 27, 2009

Star Trek & Sixties Design, 3: Corbomite Coffee

I may be searching wrong online (help?), but I've yet to find anything relating Star Trek imagery to the larger field of 1960s design. These are my initial matches.

Danish designer and architect Arne Jacobsen created a range of stainless-steel tableware, in vogue in the Sixties, called the Cylinda Line, between 1964 and 1967.

And bygod, Yeoman Janice Rand (Grace Lee Whitney) is boldly going to serve the captain coffee with a descendent of Jacobsen's coffeepot even if everyone is about to die in Star Trek episode "The Corbomite Maneuver" (links to entire episode on youTube). Aired as episode 10 in 1966 but was only the third episode produced, after the second pilot, hence Uhura's gold uniform.

In a 2006 interview, when asked whether Shatner was funny on the set, Whitney replied:
"Oh god yes, he was phenomenally funny, I thought it should have been a comedy. The old show was much funnier than the new shows, the new shows are much too serious."

My thoughts exactly.

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