‘Mad Men”: It’s got the look

Draper_bedroomMad Men has definitely had an impact on my wardrobe. I’ve purchased several vintage dresses in the last couple of years and, more than ever, I lean toward 1960s-inspired new pieces as well.

But the show also makes me wistful for the furniture and tchotchkes from that era. Watching, or re-watching, an episode, often makes me yearn for a weekend trip to the flea market or prompts me to visit Ebay and do a search for “mid-century” items. In fact, I found a magnificent Danish Modern teak credenza on Ebay that now serves as my living room’s entertainment center.

If you have ever felt that same twinge of nostalgia, you’ll enjoy this interview with “Mad Men’s” set decorator Amy Wells conducted by the publication Interior Design (owned by the same parent company that owns Variety).

Asked why viewers don’t see a lot of big-ticket mid-century pieces, Wells had this to say:

“I want to make ‘Mad Men’ look real, as if the people really have those pieces. It’s important that they be imperfect, not iconic. A lot of people had Danish modern at the time because it was reasonably priced, and much of it still exists because it was so well made.”

Check out the interview here and the accompanying slide show here.

Posted by Kathy Lyford

Photo: The Draper’s bedroom

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