AMC’s Mad Men is back this Sunday (July 25th), and like many other people I’m excited! It’s a cult phenomenon that has effected the country’s design aesthetic by inspiring us in the way we dress (please see Banana Republic [here] and QVC [here])
Raise the martini glass: Banana Republic and “Mad Men” are collaborating again. Photo courtesy of AMC/Banana Republic
and even the way we design our interiors (ie. Design Within Reach [here]). I mean haven’t you all noticed the resurgence of mid-century modern furniture in the past few years? Not only is this show full of beautiful people and interesting story lines, but also (in my opinion) it has one constant character, makes it so great. The set design.
Photos courtesy of Interior Design Magazine and The New York Times, photographer: Carin Baer
The designer Amy Wells is wonderful with creating period interiors that feel authentic, and in some cases entirely modern. Her work can also be seen in the beautiful film, A Single Man. I must admit, I was very excited when I noticed the fabric on Charley’s headboard is the same kind I plan on using on my Louis Chairs!
I found an interesting interview by Interior Design Magazine with Amy Wells, you can read Conquest of Cool [here]. I also read an article published in The New York Times this past Sunday called, Back to Work for ‘Mad Men’ [here] which discusses the changes that will be happening in the new season. Can’t wait.
So I watched this film yesterday and I fell in love with the set design. After a little research and picture searching, I realized that I am not alone. Apartment therapy spoke about how they used LA as a backdrop. “This is the LA that’s familiar to those of us who live here: the juxtaposition of parking lots and stately edifices; gated old buildings whose courtyards are full of prickly over-sized dusty palms and cacti; bars hidden on dark deserted steep streets and apartments up rickety staircases that remind us of those belonging to our friends”.
In fact, my boyfriend and I spent a good fifteen minutes trying to guess which city it was filmed in. I really had to rack my brain to try to figure which city would have turn of the century architecture along side of palm trees.
(photos found on googlemaps.com credits to: Sid Wazhere & Joseph Amado)
The real beauties in the film were the main characters’ apartments. Tom’s apartment had a full blackboard wall in the bedroom where for the majority of the film there was a headboard drawn behind the bed, but later changed in the LA skyline. Summer’s place was completely wallpapered in a large blue toile, that felt both quarky and fresh.
I combined a few inspiration images of Summer’s bedroom that make up what I considered the best elements of the room.
1. Antique Iron Bed frame
2. Glass French Doors
4. Paper Krane tree
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