How To: Make Your Offices Mad Men-Inspired - Inside Interior Crowd

How To: Make Your Offices Mad Men-Inspired

Claire Andreas for InteriorCrowd
by Claire Andreas for InteriorCrowd
May 28, 2016

If you’re totally inspired by Don Draper’s Mid Century office designs in Mad Men, you aren’t alone. The show had interior designers oogling the set for design ideas each week (now that it’s over, you can check this list from the LA Times for other shows with incredible sets). Whether you want to switch up the style in your office a bit and make it feel a little more mod, or you’re moving offices entirely and starting over with a mid-century design, these 5 items are a great place to start with your redesign.


Wayfair Quinn Table Lamp

(Quinn Lamp | Wayfair)

The Quinn Lamp from Wayfair channels two common stylistic choices that were made throughout the 1950s. Dark wood on the lamp’s base is reminiscent of mahogany and walnut paneling that we often see in mid century homes and offices, and the beige, linen drum shade mimics much of the fabric that was used on everything from sofas to curtains.

Etsy Whiskey Glasses

(Whiskey Glasses | Etsy)

Whiskey drinking was a staple in Mad Men, and sipping out of these gold rimmed glasses will add a touch of elegance to your office.
Mid Century Axel Leather Sofa

(Axel Leather Sofa | West Elm)

Because private office spaces have become increasingly obsolete, the idea of having a sofa or a lounge area in your own office seems irrelevant. However, open offices often need some kind of waiting area or a lounge, and this soft leather sofa that sits atop skinny, industrial metal legs is perfect to add the right mid-century touch.

West Elm Mid Century Bar Cart

(Mid-Century Bar Cart | West Elm)

You need somewhere to put those shimmering whiskey glasses, and what better place to do it than a stunning wood bar cart? West Elm Mid Century Leather Show Wood Chiar

(Mid-Century Leather Show Wood Chair | West Elm)

The sculptural arms and wide-set seat on these chairs from West Elm, which come in leather and in tweed, can add to the sitting area in your office or be a comfortable extra seat to pull up near your desk for casual meetings. The orange vinyl mirrors the orange accent chairs that Don had in his office on the show, and adds a colorful pop to any room.

If you want to do your whole office in Mad Men style, get started on InteriorCrowd to talk to our designers.

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Claire Andreas for InteriorCrowd
Claire Andreas for InteriorCrowd

Claire is the Content Manager at InteriorCrowd. While she was studying Film and Media at Queen's University, she worked as the Photo and Media intern at Dwell Magazine and fell in love with San Francisco's design community. After graduating, she returned home to the Bay Area and joined the team at InteriorCrowd.

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