Who else watches the series 'Mad Men' just to swoon over the furniture and interior set design? That's right. Sorry Don, you're good looking, but your G-Plan coffee table and Hvidt/Molgaard easy chairs are much more attractive.
We've put together a couple of jaw dropping images from the Mad Men series which takes place in the 1960s and shows off some of the most stunning furniture from the mid century modern design era .
Mid century modern (MCM) is a design style that emerged in the 1930s following on from the Bauhaus style of the 1920s, and which continued through to the 1970s. Since as early as the 1990's, the MCM style has been making it's way back into homes, offices and public spaces, and thanks to 'Mad Men' which aired in 2007, the style was introduced to a much wider audience and has since been all the rage. Visit any home, hotel, shop, cafe, bar or restaurant in Europe and you are bound to find some mid century modern authentic or inspired furniture, lighting, or art work.
So what is it about the design style that emerged almost 80 years ago that is still so popular today? Here are a few key characteristics of the period:
- Simple, minimal lines. Items are stripped down to their barest elements, letting their function shine through. Nothing ornamental or complex.
- Inspired by nature, organic forms and materials such as teak wood, rosewood and leather.
- Functionality (from the Bauhaus 'form follows function' philosophy). Designers of the period were primarily interested in the function of the piece, which in turn drove the design.
- Modest beauty - Nothing was loud or in your face or trying to make a statement - only humble simplicity.
- Well made by skilled craftsmen with the highest quality materials and built to last.
MCM is all about simplicity, functionality and beauty - our three favourite things. Let Mad Men's interiors inspire you but don't get too caught up in creating a time capsule of mid century stuff as, as with everything, balance is the most important aspect of good design. Select a few pieces from the era to bring into your home to add that mid century feel and see how wonderfully these pieces blend with the rest of your interior.
Read more: http://www.interiordesign.net/projects/10007-welcome-to-1969-mad-men-s-award-winning-set-design/