Mad Men is back and better than ever! I have to admit that I enjoy the interiors and set design of this show nearly as much as the story itself, so I was excited to watch for what interior updates they made for Season 5. The show started in March of 1960, and now, in season 5, it is 1966. Amy Wells is the set designer, and she adds invaluable contributions to the show with her designs. It has been fascinating to watch the set designs evolve as the setting of the series has progressed from 1960-1966.
Early 1960's Sets
Check out the conference room in Season 1, complete with a fabulous piece of abstract art. The conference room table is covered with a veneer, and the lamp is topped off with a drum shade. Lots of wood and dark brown upholstery (can't you just smell the cigarette smoke from looking at this picture?).
The wood paneling continues... The clean lines of the Milo Baughmann-esque furniture are warmed up by the copious amounts of wood in Don's office.
The Sterling Cooper lobby offers a sleek, minimalist single-cushion sofa, and the wall is adorned with a C. Jere piece (very similar to the one we listed on MoS Marketplace here).
The Draper family's kitchen is full of knotty pine and plaid (eek!), with a linoleum floor.
I love the fabulous sectionals from the 1960's. They are very room specific and so stylish. Check out the brass flamingos on the mantle!
Chinoiserie wall hangings were popular in the 1960's, and now we are seeing them pop up in interior design again. They are great pieces to look for at estate sales!
Mid/Late 1960's Sets
The overabundance of wood paneling has disappeared from set in the more recent seasons. Heavy curtains have been replaced with thin blinds, and the walnut veneer tables have been traded for bright and airy Saarinen Tulip Tables.
Bar carts and pop art are plentiful. Curvy secretaries remain consistent...
Brown barkcloth upholstery has been replaced with bright orange tufting.
I wish I could find better pictures of Joan's fabulous tangerine tango and turquoise apartment. Think orange walls with long turquoise curtains, accented with glamorous brass. It reaffirms my love for the turquoise and orange color combination!
Don and Megan Draper's new apartment is a peppy mod dream with white carpet, grasscloth walls and a period-perfect sunken living room! I can't wait until AMC releases pictures of it, because it is so amazing. Here, you can see a hint of zebra and some pops of color on throw pillows.
Images via AMC and Casa Sugar
Are you excited about more Mad Men?