Saturday, March 15, 2008

Mad About Mad Men

An instant classic, the critically acclaimed Mad Men (an AMC Original Series) captures New York in the early 1960's through impeccable set design, costumes, and acting. It's just plain fun for any mid-century modern fan and great inspiration for creating sophisticated interiors that recapture the era.
It must be quite an adventure for the set designers in creating the look of this show. I mean, where do you even start in search of two dozen matching vintage typewriters? What about the handsome bar cabinet in the photo above? Similar items usually come at a high price on 1st Dibs, but you may get lucky if you faithfully search Craig's List, Ebay or flea markets. You can also try designer Vanessa De Vargas' Turquoise, Alie Waldman Home Couture, and Floor Model at H.D. Buttercup for great mid-century finds. The amazing robin's egg blue headboard is probably custom upholstery, but I did find this really reasonably priced version in a lighter blue at Home Decorators.
Of course, the show is best enjoyed with a glass of scotch, so vintage glassware is required. Try Bar Keeper in Silverlake for both new and old, kitsch and elegant, snifters, tumblers and martini sets like this one:
A second season of the show is on the way this summer, but in the mean time, the first season is currently being repeated on AMC.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great to see you have "arrived" and are confident to comment on various aspects to clothes, architecture, and movie props etc.
Having been a follower of Modern Architecture, and a docent at Farnsworth House recently, I'llsend to you some of my photos of Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois.
Prof Roy Grundy

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