Selina Denman | April 19, 2012
Everybody’s talking about the the return of Don Draper to our TV screens and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited about season five of Mad Men. While there’s never been a shortage of things to ogle at on the show, the opening episode had a whole new treat in store for me - the Drapers’ swanky new apartment.
Befitting of a man who has just acquired a new (young) wife, Don has acquired a swish New York City pad to match. It’s a classic Sixties apartment, with a sunken living room, mid-century furniture and an ill-advised cream carpet. There are dark woods and leather, bright blue and red kitchen cabinets and that staple of Sixties design, an orange shag carpet.
It’s a look that’s easy enough to recreate in your own home – furniture shops have been quick to respond to the show’s popularity by churning out mid century-style products. However, if you’re going to deck your home out a la Draper, you’ll probably want to tone it down a bit, selecting key elements and materials rather than going whole hog.
As Scarlet Opus’ Anthony Hughes explains in this Saturday’s edition of House & Home: “The mid-century sets are an interior designer’s dream, with Scandinavian works ruling the period. Teak and white, earthen tones and tweed accents, along with classic 1950s and 1960s design works from Eames, Knoll and Saarinen, are once again popular, spurred by the television series.
“Many pieces used on the set are readily available on the high street, and some have been given a contemporary take – meaning the Mad Men look is easy to achieve.”
Don’t miss the Trendspotting column in this Saturday’s House & Home for more tips on recreating the Mad Men look in your home or office.