Weekend Show and Tell: The Mad Men Edition

1 Apr

Has anything in our culture done more for appreciation of mid-century modern design than Mad Men?  I missed the Season 5 premiere in while I was in London, but watched it on the plane on the way back.  And I can tell you, I am SO ready for tonight.

What could be more appropriate for this Weekend Show and Tell than a look (courtesy of the LA Times At Home) at Don Draper’s new residence as seen in the truly mind-blowing scene of Megan’s birthday surprise for Don?  Holy smokes.  I totally think that’s how I look when I sing karaoke.  I just need that dress.  And lots of cocktails.

Also, everyone should take the ‘Which Mad Man Are You?’ quiz and post your answer in the comments.  Maybe we can make up a full cast!  I took it and posted who I was a while ago.  Anyone remember?  First one who guesses correctly wins…the right to gloat in everyone else’s face.  That good enough?

"Mad Men" Don Draper apartment

“Mad Men” returned after its long hiatus Sunday, earning record ratings and a host of Midcentury Modern design fans newly obsessed with Don Draper’s new Manhattan home. It’s June 1966, and though Draper (played by Jon Hamm) might be a newlywed, he’s traded in his dreary digs from last season for an Upper East Side spread complete with serious bachelor pad trappings.

Don Draper's apartment

Apartment 17-B, right, set decorator Claudette Didul said, is “in a high-rise that feels like it was built in 1960 with a white-carpeted sunken living room and a fascinating fireplace and a Case Study-style kitchen with two pass through windows.”

It also sports walnut cabinetry with a built-in television set and one of those new-fangled-for-the-time push-button phones.

Didul said Draper’s love of sleek modern lines and high-tech gadgetry and manly appointments (leather lounge chair, countertop cocktail bar with a drum-shaped ice bucket) is contrasted with his new wife Megan’s youthful taste and love of color.

“I imagine she might’ve dragged Don through Bloomingdale’s to see the model rooms,” Didul said.

The set decorator also took inspiration from two books by 1960s bestselling interior design author Betty Pepis and “Decoration U.S.A.,” a 1965 collaboration between Jose Wilson and Arthur Leaman. “The colors of the rooms and furnishings are so vibrant in those books they almost make your teeth rattle,” Didul said.


The kitchen has rich blue and blazing coral cabinets exhibiting “happiness and hopefulness,” Didul said. “The pastels of the 1950s are giving way to brighter and earthier tones.” She spotted the brown 1964 Frigidaire in a vintage copy of the Los Angeles Times Home Magazine. “It’s my favorite appliance in the whole show.”

Keep reading to see Don’s dining and living room and a list of Didul’s shopping sources …

"Mad Men" Don Draper apartment
The Draper living room has grass cloth wallpaper and curtains with a matching valance made from retro material from Fabricut. Outside the window wall: a 1964 white metal patio dinette set by Samsonite that Didul purchased on eBay. The modular sofas and ottoman were designed by “Mad Men” production designer Dan Bishop and built by Omega Cinema Props. Don’s Lied Mobler black leather lounge chair came from Galerie Sommerlath in Los Angeles; the magazine rack is from Amsterdam Modern, also in L.A. The glass-topped coffee table is from Deja Vu in Long Beach, and the counter stools are a vintage design by Erik Buk purchased on Craigslist from a Virginia seller.

"Mad Men" Don Draper dining room

The dining room has a strong Danish influence. The dining table set and credenza were purchased at Danish Modern Noho. The rug, designed to look like a 1960s rya, was created from shag carpeting at S & J Biren floor coverings in Los Angeles. The gray armchair is part of a pair purchased on Craigslist “because they reminded me of chairs I had seen on ‘Bewitched,'” Didul said.

"Mad Men" Don Draper kitchen

Custom-built kitchen cabinets have a handy pass-through window to the dining room, a built-in cook top and a revolving spice rack, far left, purchased on Etsy. Didul shopped for glasses, cookware and kitchen accessories at the antique malls in Orange and Pomona, and the Pasadena Antique Center and Annex and Novotny’s Antique Gallery in Pasadena.


8 Responses to “Weekend Show and Tell: The Mad Men Edition”

  1. Becky from Iowa April 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Oh, golly, I tried to buy one of those revolving teak spice wheels on Ebay just a couple of months ago, but the price went through the roof. I LOVE this new set, and am thrilled to see a lot of the same design influences and colors that I scrounged over the course of the past year, in re-doing my own MM style living room.

    Now, I just need Don to come visit. 😉

    • Brandy April 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      And I need Roger to come visit me!

  2. Rex April 2, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    Well, I don’t need to take the quiz. Obviously I would be the impossibly “cartoon-prince handsome” and dapper Don Draper. Any who, the new set is great. I love that sideboard!

    • Brandy April 2, 2012 at 7:49 am #

      Rex, you are too funny! I was Joan. Must be because I have a thing for silver foxes like Roger.

  3. Pippa April 2, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    I’m with Dana! I love this new set and the clothes!

    • Brandy April 2, 2012 at 7:31 am #

      It’s pretty freaking awesome.

  4. Dana@Mid2Mod April 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    I want coral!!! I don’t know where, but I will have it. That kitchen is too inspiring!

    Is it just me, or has the Mad Men plot gotten weaker but the props more spectacular than ever? No matter…the props alone are enough to make me sit glued to the TV every Sunday night.

    • Brandy April 2, 2012 at 7:30 am #

      I am not sure if it’s gotten weaker, or if Don has just become less interesting. And I want turquiose now!


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