I think it’s fair to say that whatever the Mad Men season premiere holds for us, it is sure to be a visual delight. Here are a few gifts inspired by the mid-cenutury interiors at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. And remember, there is nothing wrong with giving yourself one of these atomic artifacts.
Vitra Nelson Night Desk Clock
We’re pretty sure we saw this George Nelson clock on Roger Sterling’s desk. This iconic example of mid-century modern design is both functional and a geometric work of art.
Design Public $460.00
Mid-Century Ads: Advertising from the Mad Men Era
This companion set of books offers the best of American print advertising in the age of the “Big Idea.” Included is a wide range of significant advertising campaigns from both the 50s and the 60s. The books are bursting with fresh, crisp colors as these ads have been digitally mastered to look as bright and new as the day they first hit newsstands. Edited by Jim Heimann with contributions from Steven Heller.
Taschen, 2 vols. in slipcase, 720 pages, $59.99
MoMA Modern Play House
Aspiring architects and designers of all ages can create modern spaces with the MoMA Modern Play House, an innovative set of modular nesting boxes. The play house and its furnishing reflect mid-century modern design and includes six nested boxes, eight mix-and-match furniture pieces, and twelve removable vinyl clings.
The MAD Fold-In Collection
Al Jaffee’s fold-ins, on the inside back cover of virtually every issue of MAD Magazine since 1964, have become an icon of American humor. Issue after issue, each Fold-in requires the reader to simply fold the page so that arrow A meets arrow B to reveal the hidden gag image, a simple idea that masks both undeniable artistic ingenuity and comic timing. In this deluxe four-volume set, each of the 410 fold-ins is reproduced at its original size, with a digital representation of the corresponding folded image on the following page (so collectors won’t have to fold their book to get the jokes).
Vintage Barware Set in a Box
We are pretty sure Don Draper would have insisted on a barware set like this in his swanky office. This authentic vintage set has all you need for an awesome retro bar. This is a one of a kind piece so it may be gone soon but Urban Outfitters has a great selection of vintage mid-century housewares online. In case you are throwing a Mad Men party here is a great cocktail guide.
Urban Outfitters $129.00
Vinyl of Zou Bisou Bisou
Who could resist Jessica Pare singing Zou Bisou Bisou? This fun vinyl with a mod feel will bring you right back to the atomic age.