“Mad Men”, Mid Century Modern, and the Barcelona Collection
“Mad Men” is definitely one of the best TVs series of all times. It won 16 Emmys and 5 Golden Globes, running from 2007 to 2015. Settled in the advertising world in the New York of the 60’s, it had widespread critical acclaim due to its historic accuracy, story and acting…And the Barcelona Collection and all the Mid Century Modern style has a good rol in this tremendous success.
Because, while the related elements were definitely part of its success, there is no doubt that a special one has proved to be a great part of the story of Mad Men: The Interior Design and furniture.
The Paradise of Mid Century Modern
It’s New York in the 60s. What would you expect? We are at the peak of the furor for the Mid Century Modern Style, and it reflects in all the sets of this production: There are MCM chairs all over the place, Arco Lamps, Saarinen tables (Tulip Tables), and even a Barcelona Daybed. All the fashion trends of the sixties are shown in this TV series with accuracy and taste.
The furor over the style and fashion of this series is such, that enthusiasts all over the world are documenting episode after episode the particular the furniture and decor in every chapter.
Sometimes, you may not be aware of the full potential of a piece of furniture, even if it is a Mid Century Modern icon. All of our furniture with its swanky, modernist flair will adorn your indoor and outdoor space in such a way that screams design acuity. In Mad Men, the sets are layered with various midcentury pieces.
n the chapter when Betty, the wife of Don Drapper, goes to the psychoanalyst, many interesting things have been said, but is quite remarkable to see all the furniture that a wealthy psychoanalyst in the 60’s set in its consulting room.
Betty is reclined in a Barcelona Daybed to express her inner thoughts. while her psychoanalyst relaxes, and a Tulip Table picks the cigarettes. A whole homage to Mid Century Modern design and furniture. By the way how curious is to see someone over a Barcelona Daybed without a smile.
Peggy Olson and Sally Draper exchange some words about coming marketing campaigns on their plastic chairs. The hyper realism of this series is never enough addressed, and along with the furniture, all custom, office supplies and devices are accurately settled, not only in the decade of 1960s, but in the specific year they appeared in the market.
Roger Sterling and Harry Crane discuss business as usual in front of a Tulip Table, some Tulip Stools, and illuminated by an Arco Lamp. Both articles are classic masterworks of Mid Century Modern. The Tulip Table and Stools, designed by Eero Saarinen were supposed to clean the “mess of legs under the table and chairs”, according to the famous Architect. The Arco Lamp, created in 1962 by the Castiglioni brothers, was supposed to be great news then.
With a refined sense of taste, and a commitment for accuracy few times achieved, Mad Men portrayed as no one the elegance and sophistication of the golden age of Mid Century Modern style, and for many, the golden age of Design itself.
The Barcelona Collection
The Barcelona Collection is a line of furniture representative of Mid Century Modern Style. It was created in 1929 for the International Exposition of Barcelona, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
. Originally manufactured first in Germany, after a brief interruption is manufactured in America to this day, conquering new markets and users from all over the world. The rise of the Barcelona Collection made it so popular, that now there is a vibrant market of replicas all around America and Europe.
With its iconic “X” Frame and its squared leather cushions, the Barcelona Chair, Sofa, and Loveseat remains as popular and beautiful collection pieces. Its minimalist design and modern shapes are spotted many times in popular TV series or movies when it comes to style.
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