Design Lesson

How to: Get the Mad Men look

How to: Get the Mad Men look Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson

How to: Get the Mad Men look

Since the very first episode aired on TV, Mad Men has been a cultural phenomenon, inspiring everything from fashion, lifestyle and interior design. The mid-century modern home furnishings on the set are a designer’s dream, offering an abundance of teak, tweed and earthy tones. Scandinavian design ruled the period and is reflected within the now-classic works of designers like Hans Wegner and Eero Saarinen that show up in each episode of the smash-hit TV show.

Bring the best of Mad Men’s ‘50s and ‘60s design home with these 10 retro-inspired products.
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Brass table lamp
Most likely to be seen in one of the executive offices at Sterling Cooper Price, this elegant brass lamp would look fab on the desk of any home office design or welcoming entryway console table. Crate & Barrel, $285. decor-mad-men-style-alarmclock.jpg
Bright footed alarm clock
Betty and Don Draper’s bedroom was a common setting for the first few seasons of Mad Men and even through the tension in the room, focus is drawn to the drool-worthy design. If you’re decorating on a budget try introducing home accessories (like this retro bedside alarm clock) rather than furniture to achieve a mid-century modern look.  West Elm, $15. decor-mad-men-style-mediatable.jpg
Hardwood and ash media console
Amp up the style at your next perfect party with this retro media console, reminiscent of what we would have seen in the rec room at the Draper home on Mad Men. A sliding door hides electronics, while a hinged top lets you access a record player if you’re a vinyl collector. Urban Outfitters, $199. decor-mad-men-style-sidetable.jpg
Sleek nightstand
Introduce a classic mid-century shape to your bedroom with a sleek two-drawer nightstand. The slim legs and angled face are signature features of the period, but the white finish adds a modern appeal that is easy to integrate into all beautiful bedrooms. West Elm, $258. decor-mad-men-style-bureau.jpg
Walnut desk
The majority of Mad Men takes place at the offices of Sterling Cooper Price, where the modern-retro office furnishings act as the perfect backdrop for all the secrets and scandals that go on behind closed doors. A desk like this Danish oil-stained walnut beauty would work well in any home office design or hallway computer nook. Crate & Barrel, $2490. decor-mad-men-style-wallclock.jpg
Retro wall clock
Perfect for any space in your home, this retro wall clock adds a punch of colour to the wood and earthy tones of typical mid-century modern home design. Take your pick from vibrant turquoise, red or orange. Urban Outfitters, $19. decor-mad-men-style-pillows.jpg
Eames pillow cover
Bold graphics on pillows and drapery were definitely a sign of the times and the work of American designers Charles and Ray Eames are prevalent in both the furniture and patterned fabrics of the Mad Men set. Bring the look home with these fab Eames pillow covers in the iconic small dot pattern. Etsy, $72 each. decor-mad-men-style-couch.jpg
Tufted sofa
With all the wood accessories and rich brown hues used during the period, it’s nice to contrast with a lighter piece. This Jonathan Adler tufted sofa has the classic mid-century modern shape, but takes a contemporary turn by using white fabric. Horchow, $3339. decor-mad-men-style-sideboard.jpg
Danish teak bureau
One of the most popular furniture materials used during the ‘50s and ‘60s, teak has made a huge comeback recently. This vintage bureau would be perfect for displaying dishes, kitchen organizing or for use as a bookshelf and desk in a study. Etsy, $1269. decor-mad-men-style-oslosideboar.jpg
Walnut sideboard
No Draper family home is complete without a sleek sideboard to house dishes and barware used for entertaining guests. With stacked drawers, gentle curves and simple materials, this sideboard has all the elements of the Scandinavian design popular throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s. Crate & Barrel, $1369.
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How to: Get the Mad Men look