The Art of Mad MenIf you really want to go all out, youâ€™ll want to decorate your space with art from the period. If you want a comprehensive look at the kind of artwork that gracing the walls of Sterling Cooperâ€™s offices and the homes of their employees look no further than the Art of MadMen Blog. While the art in Mad Men isnâ€™t all from the 60s, a good portion of it reflects the minimalst abstract style that was popular then. While it would probably be prohibitively expensive to get original of minimalist art, it should be easy enough to find prints to give your space that extra touch of authenticity. For inspiration, check out this image gallery. Art pic from: http://papculture.com/2010/08/01/mad-men-op-art-in-roger-sterlings-office/
Sweating the Small StuffOf course, itâ€™s not just furniture and art. In order to really make your space evoke the Mad Men period, get old 1960s issues of Life or playboy and set them on the coffee table. In place of a computer or laptop, get yourself an IBM selectric. Also, and this should go without saying, get yourself a nice liquor cabinet and stock it full of gins, whiskeys and vodkas. You donâ€™t have to get these things all at once, but if youâ€™re really intent on bringing the early 1960s back to life, every little bit helps.
Recreating Don Draper's OfficeIf price isnâ€™t a concern, it might be fun to go all out and see if you can recreate Don Draperâ€™s office to the letter. This can be a challenge because a lot of the set decorations are, according to the set decorator Amy Wells, very rare thrift shop finds, but this list below should be helpful getting you started. (Note: We couldnâ€™t identify everything precisely, so in some instances we gave our best approximations.
1. Time Life Executive Chair 2. Hvidt/MÃ¸lgaard-Nielsen FD 146 Chair 3. Office desk - The wooden paneling and metal desk legs are suggestive of Knoll and Steelcase designs of that era. Your best bet would be to do a eBay search for Knoll/Steelcase and use the category filters to limit your search to the correct period. 4. Â Boxy Sofa (A reproduction by Futurama Furniture). Pretty cheap when you consider that the comparable Florence Knoll Two Seater runs for close to $10,000! 5. Lounge Chair/Coffee table from Futurama. 6. Crosley Kettle Classic Desk Phone 7. Underwriterâ€™s Laboratory desk lamps come pretty close, they arenâ€™t as fancy as Draperâ€™s desk lamps but at least theyâ€™re period appropriate. 8.The orb-like object near the front left corner of the desk Â is actually a roulette cigarette dispenser. While you might be hard pressed to find one of those, ebay certainly has plenty of alternatives. Personally, I think this brass world dispenser might give the roulette ball a run for its money. 9. Painting by Michal Shapiro called Butternut. 10. Find something we missed? Feel free to let us know in the comments and weâ€™ll edit the list!