Smart Design for Mad Men

26 Jun

As many of you know, I started my professional life in advertising, which may help explain my obsession with both Mad Men and mid-century design.  I ran across this post from the Herman Miller blog and admit to letting out a sigh of nostalgia for that world.  My alma mater, Leo Burnett, is featured below from wall-art in the Singapore office.  Enjoy!

Still smarting from the end of this season of Mad Men? (And can we make it through another year without being able to spot the mid-century modern pieces popping up in Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce?) While you wait, get your design fix from a few modern-day ad agencies that Don Draper — or perhaps his design-loving wife Megan — would be proud to call home.

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the multidisciplinary creative agency Parliament is stocked with pieces by Charles and Ray Eames, including Eames molded plastic side chairs and Eames molded plywood chairs. (Photo: Parliament)

Eames molded plastic side chairs stand at attention in Athens, Greece, at Graphics Garage. (Photo: Graphics Garage)

Designed by Ministry of Design, the Singapore office of Leo Burnett boasts a giant graffiti-style wall portrait of founder Leo Burnett himself. (Photo: Ministry of Design)

Eames molded plywood chairs and coffee tables play nicely with the Aeron office chairs in the studio space of Big Giant, also in Portland. (Photo: The Beege blog)

The airy Boulder, Colorado, office of Crispin Porter + Bogusky features bike-friendly parking. (Photo: This Ain’t No Disco)

A pair of Eames molded plywood chairs welcome guests to the Sydney, Australia, branch of legendary advertising agency Ogilvy. (Photo: Australia Design Review)

A mix of Eames Aluminum Group Management Chairs, Ronald McDonald heads, horse-shaped lighting, foot sculptures, and ball pits make Chandelier Creative one of New York City’s most remarkable workspaces. (Photos: NOTCOT)


3 Responses to “Smart Design for Mad Men”

  1. Stacey June 26, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Can you believe I’m just NOW getting into Mad Men? I’ve got to go back and catch up but I’ve been too busy drooling over the sets. It’s funny how they had to pack every single space with the best of the best! It’s overwhelming! Ha Ha! (fun though)
    I’m a sucker for the Eames LCW. They are a work of art!
    Love the Singapore offices with the Leo Burnett portrait. Really crazy-cool.
    Great photos… thanks for sharing.

    • June 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

      My husband calls it my porn. And he isn’t talking about the sex in it!

      • Stacey June 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

        HA HA! That’s great! There are a lot of ooooo’s and ahhhhh’s when we watch… so yes… I can see that!

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