The "Sex and the City" set -- How Aidan's leather chair and Petrovsky's light show came to be

SATC production designer Jeremy Conway reveals the backstories of the art and high-design props that adorned the series.

Charlotte’s body of work
When Conway asked his team of classically trained staff artists to create the vagina paintings for ep. 5, they used skin mags and Willem de Kooning as references.

Aidan’s rockin’ chair
For the chair Carrie bought from Aidan’s store in ep. 35, Conway and Co. reupholstered a found frame with old leather. It matched Aidan’s style: ”country and plain and easy.”

24-hour arty people
The performance artist who Carrie and Aleksandr saw on their first date in ep. 86 was based on Marina Abramovic, who stayed 24/7 in a loft with a ladder made of butcher knives.

Petrovsky’s light show
Michael Patrick King specifically wanted the Russian’s art installation (seen in ep. 87, and built by construction workers, electricians, and graphic artists) to be about the ”manipulation of light.”