Successful television is, more often than not, dependent on how good the sets and scenery look. Believe it or not, we take in a lot from our fictional surroundings, and when things stop being interesting, we usually stop watching.
When we think about Mad Men and its sets, what comes to mind? Some select few might mention Roger Sterling’s office. Pristine, favoring white and neutral colors, undeniably modern to the point it was (and still might be) futuristic. Why do we love it? Let’s find out.
From the EOC to the LC4
If you are unfamiliar with Mad Men but consider yourself a furniture or interior design enthusiast, seriously, give it a try. No spoilers on this article.
Roger’s office is a mid-century craze in terms of furniture, or, as he would have called it at that time, a modernist craze. We start with the ubiquitous Tulip table, which shines with marvelous marble at every close shot. Behind it, an Eames office chair, full white finish, and a Nesso lamp by the lesser-known (yet genius) mid-century designer, Giancarlo Mattioli.
We also find the incredibly gorgeous LC4 Chaise by Le Corbusier, designed in 1928 (90 years old to the date!) with the help of his friend, outstanding French architect Charlotte Perriand. Given its position on the office, it might be the boss’ favorite place to cool off, right next to the iconic Arco Lamp for late-night readings.
Tulip chairs and other, out of stock goodies
The Eames Compact sofa, another companion of the Tulip coffee table, has been in production since 1954 and features an ergonomic vision specifically conceived for the office space. You won’t be able to drift off in it. The Corona chair, designed by Danish functionalist and mid-century modernist Poul Volther in 1961, is extremely comfortable, but a little bit crazy looking. A true indicator of taste, one might argue.