1. Lamps and Lighting:
Whether it’s hanging from the ceiling or propped up on a cabinet, the many lamps and
lighting fixtures in Mad Men are an instant introduction to mid-century modern design.
Because the possibilities are endless, you can see why this is the most extensive category
in our inventory! (Schuyler Table Lamp With Oatmeal Linen Shade Pictured)
(Downton Table Lamp With Off White Shantung Shade)
(Luxo Large Semi Flush Ceiling Light In Antique Brass)
(Rattan Drum Shade Mini Pendant With Mystic Black Finish)
(Lanza 2 Light Sconce With Oatmeal Linen Shade)
2. Geometric Shapes:
Mid-century modern design is defined by its use of geometric shapes and straight lines.
However, as you can see in the Mad Men photo above, the geometric shapes weren’t just
used for lamps and fixtures alone.
The rectangular design element often extended onto wall build-outs and installations.
3. Minimalist Hardware:
Speaking of hardware, mid-century design was rarely ornate – again, lots of straight lines
and stark surfaces. That said, nothing defined this “clean” approach like the minimalist
hardware of the era. (Mercury Cabinet Handle)
(Manhattan Mortise Lock Entry Set with Providence Knobs)
4. Glass Globes:
Just as straight lines are an element of geometry, so are perfect circles. As you can see in the
final photo below, mid-century designers loved to counterbalance all of the straight lines
with the use of circles and spheres – yep, they loved their hanging glass globe lamps!
(8" Opal Glass Ball Shade With 4" Fitter)
5. Color of the Decade: Orange
(Upbeat Table Lamp With Off White Linen Shade)
In this case, orange is a clear design preference for mid-century modern and Mad Men
Of course, it’s not just the shapes and fixtures that change across the years; the preferred
color palette is also a defining quality within an era of design.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this gallery of Mad Men décor and our collection of matching
mid-century products. It was a wonderful era of clean lines and ultra modern design so we
just love talking about it, whenever possible.