Lighting in Captain Kirk's quarters, and other things...

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Hello,

At last, the time has come to start building my Enterprise Desk/workstation.

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I have much of the wood that I need to start building, just gotta buy the primer grey and other paints that I need. I'm not going to follow my concept exactly, as I've done some rethinking since drawing this, but it won't be far off. Mainly, I've chosen to put it in a different location in the room, so the cabinet and wedge table will be flipped opposite, with the table swung inwards more like the original design, but perhaps not as much rake. The I'm not going to have an opening anymore under the monitor, which was intended to be a place to store the keyboard and mouse, they instead will be kept in the cabinet instead when not in use. However, I am considering sloping the table more in style of the various work stations on the bridge, in which case I might embed the keyboard into the sloping black top, and also embed a trackpad, if I decide to take that direction. Opinions? The open shelving shown on the right of the monitor will be a glass fronted display with various models showing some basic design specifics, as if this is a designers workstation. I've ordered online a 43" LG UHD TV which should do the job nicely, that was the final design piece, now that I've ordered that (just waiting on delivery) I can define the actual sizes of everything. I got it 55% off!

I don't think I'll stop there though. I'm now seriously considering completely redecorating the office room in full Star Trek TOS style to complement the desk. I'm interested in adding a custom futon for reading/sleeping, styled to complement the design of Kirk's bed. I intend employing tiny-home concepts of design regarding storage space as well, to increase the practicallity of the room.

I already have a long bookshelf in the office which is woodstained, which I intend to keep, though I might paint out everything but the top primer gray to make it fit in better. I'm I go this far then I will also consider adding the internal framework as shown in the concept design below that I found on the internet.

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The framework should be easy enough to create. The set-builders for the fan series Star Trek Continues used a lot of polystyrene foam for things such as this. The purple paint above should also be easy enough to match, but, are the purple sections of the walls illuminated with pruple lighting? Some photos I've seen indicate that they might be, but is that just the studio lighting, or is it an actual design of the room?

Can anyone tell me where I can find the redish orange fabric used to cover the bed?

My office has windows with wind up curtains in it. So I think they can be blended into the design firstly by placing the lower horizontal bar covering the top of the curtain, like crown moulding, only the full width of the room like shown above, and by using the same fabric used on the bed to replace the existing green leaf pattern curtain fabric. Any thoughts?

I'm really excited to get moving with this. I welcome any thoughts, ideas, critique, on this project. My aim isn't just to satisfy my love of Star Trek, but mainly I see in the set designs immense practicality for making the most out of my small office space.
 

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Krel

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Back in the 60s, NBC was really pushing to get more color into their shows, because of the color TVs. All their shows had colored lighting projected onto the walls, even "Dragnet".

David.
 

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PoopaPapaPalps

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Back in the 60s, NBC was really pushing to get more color into their shows, because of the color TVs. All their shows had colored lighting projected onto the walls, even "Dragnet".

David.

I know it was to take advantage of color in television but I kinda wish that would come back to TV. I think the original series is still incredibly watchable in no small part to how it looks, how vibrant and colorful it all looks. It makes watching it fun.
 

Retroneon

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The colorful lighting really added dimension to those plain TOS walls! I've wondered how the TNG sets would look with the same lighting treatment.

The studio tended to avoid showing overhead fixtures for Starfleet interiors. Because most of the sets never had ceilings.
In TNG, spotlights can be seen over wall decorations. But the ceilings are mostly bare. Which doesn't explain where all the dramatic contrast lighting comes from. Perhaps the fiction could have depicted adjustable point light units that are too small to discern. Like if each pixel of a LED panel had a fiber-optic strand that could be angled.
It was only in Enterprise that visible point light units became the mainstay. The practical idea being that dramatic illumination comes from the set itself. It also fit with the non-minimalistic look of the era.

If you want your ceiling to go the TNG route, look up "stretch ceiling", which involve stretching a plastic membrane. Or add minimalistic recessed track lighting.

For your application, perhaps consider the luminaires by Modular Lighting Instruments. Specifically the ones named after TOS characters!

Kurk
Scotty
Spock
 

Starbase101

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Just wanted to say, this thread was one of my inspirations for starting my own remodeling project! Really looking forward to seeing this develop! (subscribed)

I think the purple in Kirk's quarters was physically painted rather than done with lighting:
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Reach out to trekkerguy for the red/gold checkered fabric - he's got another run being made right now of the replica fabric. I'm holding out for the yellow/gold version if he does a run of that for the wall panels.
 
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