Flight of Fancy: “Mad Men” Reveals LAX’s Stylish Side


For six seasons Matthew Weiner’s Emmy-sweeping Mad Men used the stark chicness of midcentury Manhattan as its backdrop, but things are getting groovy. The promotional campaign for the final installment of the AMC hit (which kicked off April 16) features Megan Draper and other cast members walking through Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 4, framed by Charles D. Kratka’s multicolored tile wall. The designer and graphic artist, who died in 2007, was hired in the late 1950s to upgrade LAX for the jet age, which included the creation of this geometric eye candy. Kratka’s mosaic can be seen only by arriving passengers, but the 300-foot-long piece is a journey in itself: The blue panels at the entrance represent the Pacific; the subsequent browns, yellows, and oranges, the Rockies; the green and gray sections, the Midwest; and some navy, the Atlantic, at the end. In Don Draper’s day it was called “The Astro Walk,” but we know it better as “I’m home.”