Mad House: Don Draper’s New Apartment

March 30, 2012 By Michael Smith

Don Draper's swingin' new padWe’ve always been fans of Mad Men’s taste in interior design, but Don Draper’s home usually left us a bit disappointed.  The dashing ad man first lived in a “creaky house” in Westchester that reeked of suburban complacency, and then his post-divorce West Village rental was downright depressing.

But now season 5 finds Draper in a home truly fitting of a 1960’s advertising executive.  The Upper East-Side deluxe apartment is a large open space “rich with texture (walnut veneers, glass cloth wallpaper) and defined by a sunken living room” with custom-made mid-century modern furniture (now where have we seen that before?) according to Steven Kurutz of the New York Times.  The kitchen area (and that lamp) predicts the spring’s Tangerine Tango trend with electrifying orange cabinetry.

The show’s production designer, Dan Bishop, found inspiration for the apartment in the interiors of Frank Lloyd Wright and the white-glazed brick, post-war apartment buildings of the Upper East Side.

Not surprisingly, Draper’s apartment is hip, modern and bold – everything the ad man himself tries to be.  Considering the legions of fans and imitators the show has garnered in the fashion world, is it possible that interior designers will start taking the Mad route, too?

Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/AMC

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