Apple TVs Separation tells a story about the effects of futuristic technology – but the Severed employee floor of Lumon Industries, where most of the story takes place, is fully equipped with computers and retro design. The combination of retro design and advanced technologies that do not yet exist is the hallmark of retrofuturism, a creative movement that arose from the depiction of the distant future as imagined in earlier times. In fact, the mid-century Severed floor look is more than just an aesthetic choice. It serves to immerse the audience in the surreal and futuristic lives of the cast Separation.
Separation is focused on Lumon Industries’ practice of halving or splitting employees’ memories in two. Severed employees work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in a retro-futuristic setting, complete with vintage computers and mid-century interior design. Meanwhile, your “renegades” have access to smartphones, the Internet, and other modern accommodations. Despite this juxtaposition, Separation protagonist Mark Scout’s (Adam Scott) driver’s license shows that he was born in 1978 and that his license will expire in 2020, meaning that the series is clearly set in modern times.
Separation deliberately uses these visual cues to give viewers a glimpse into the messy and sheltered lives of the Separated, as well as their place in modern society. The visual language of retrofuturism explores the tensions between past and future, juxtaposing the empowering and alienating effects of advanced technologies – perfect for confronting the effects of the memories of Lumon employees who are torn between their personal and professional lives. Using retrofuturism, Separation sets the ideal stage for workplace comedy with a unique surreal horror twist. Although the series is clearly set in the present, it helps establish that the characters exist within a futuristic dystopian society, allowing Separation to more easily drive home his social commentary against the horrors of impending hyper-capitalism in the real world.
Lumon’s retrofuturism aims to comfort employees
within the reality of Separation, the design also has a practical purpose. The mid-century aesthetic throughout Severed’s floor aims to provide Severed employees with a workplace that radiates warmth, comfort and nostalgia. This makes it easier for the Severed employees to accept their new lives, all of which will be spent in the basement of Lumon Industries. In short, the homely but minimalist look of the Mid-Century Severed floor is another lie to cover up Lumon Industries’ true purpose – a way to discourage Severed from asking too many questions and just doing as they’re told.
In fact, there’s a good reason why laid-off employees are kept in the dark about the actual outcome of their jobs. As ex-employee Severed Petey (Yul Vasquez) explains to Mark, working in the big data refinery division of Lumon Industries means “killing people 8 hours a day” even without knowledge. In fact, in addition to supporting the retro-futuristic look of the series, Lumon’s retro computers are also single-purpose machines that seem immune to conventional hacking methods — a handy deterrent to nosy employees and corporate spies.
Lumon Industries shares this retro-futuristic 1950s space-age aesthetic LokiWeather Variations Authority, Fall The series’ Vault-Tec Corporation and many other fictional institutions that hide sinister purposes behind a friendly and colorful brand. This aesthetic also serves as a throwback to the only other story with a comparable concept involving memory-altering work and technology: salarya short story published by Philip K. Dick in 1953. In salary, an engineer agrees to work on a secret project for 2 years, after which his memory of the project will be erased and he will receive an exorbitant salary. Although Separation was not directly inspired salary, the series’ visual and narrative language are fitting tributes to the early work of Philip K. Dick. WITH Separation creator Dan Erickson confirming that the Lumon Industries basement will be explored further Separation In Season 2, viewers should see more of the company’s trademark retrofuturism in the near future.
Severance’s designer added new layers to the retro style
As Separation Production designer Jeremy Hindle said in an interview that the cut floor was deliberately stylized for both aesthetic and narrative purposes. Because of the way most of the action takes place inside the Severed floor, it was meant to be much nicer and visually interesting than a typical office environment. Significantly, the retro design is also a subtle reminder that Lumon goes to great lengths to protect its secrets from outsiders and to protect its insiders from the outside world, which explains the logistics of the unique furniture/machinery in the basement. As Hindle explained (via Exciting), “They produce all their own stuff. Everything has its own label, everything has its own packaging, and it’s not like a sticker. It’s theirs. They own everything.” In fact, just like the two-story rec room, the wellness center, or the pictures put up by Optics and Design, even the beautiful aesthetics of the basement are a reminder that everything inside the two-story—including the staff—is property owned by Lumon Industries.
Separation this place drives home even further, in contrast to its cozy, colorful 60s surroundings Life-a magazine-inspired basement with a bleak outside world, even choosing the famous Bell Labs for exterior photos of the building to convey a greater sense of reality. Likewise, the modern minimalism of Kier Town homes also provides a visual clue to how Severed flooring is a few eras removed from royalty. Except for permission Separation To stand out visually at a time when corporate dystopia is a common theme for movies and shows, The Separate Floor’s retrofuturism reveals more about Lumon than meets the eye. interestingly, Separation The second season is expected to reveal more of the world beyond Lumon’s basement. It will be interesting to see how the show’s visual language translates into the development of other parts of Dan Erickson’s new sci-fi universe.