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Use Retro Office Furniture Like Mad Men’s Don Draper

There are few TV shows as stylish as Mad Men, and our viewing schedules are nowhere near as fashionable now the show has come to an end.

Fans of the show who work in an office (or from home) have no doubt watched on enviously as Don, Peggy and the gang strut around their 1960s advertising agency with plenty of amazing furniture all over the place.

We gathered together some beautifully iconic home and office furniture to help you design your office just like Don Draper and relive the beauty of the Mad Men era every day.

OFFICEMAD

Design Classic Office Chairs

If you’re sat down in front of a computer most of the day, then having a stylish and comfy office chair is absolutely essential. We’ve included a couple of great retro office chairs, as well as two chairs with ottomans that would be perfect for sitting in your office when you want to read or just want some time away from your computer screen.

The Knoll Pollock chair was actually designed in 1963, so it really is smack bang in Mad Men era.

Retro office chairs1. Vitra Soft Pad Eames Chair

2. Knoll Pollock Chair

3. Knoll Womb Chair & Ottoman

4. Vitra Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman

See our full range of office chairs.

The Office Desk

Now that you've got your seating sorted, it's time to take a look at the desk. Here are a couple of great options that give two very different effects.

Bensen office desk

This Bensen Homework Desk is a great mixture of retro and contemporary, owing to its glass top juxtaposed with walnut drawers. If you want to go full-on Don Draper, you’ll need to keep a supply of new white shirts in the drawers for when you need to sleep in the office.

Vitra desk

If you want something a little more simple and minimalist, then this Vitra Map Table is a great choice. For those of you who think less is more, this desk will keep your mind focused on the job in hand.

See our full range of home and office desks.

MADSOFA

Retro Inspired Sofas

So many episodes of Mad Men include Don taking a nap on a sofa in his office or having to sleep there overnight for whatever reason. Whilst we don’t recommend either of these things, no matter how tempting it may be to have an afternoon nap, having a comfortable sofa in your office is a great place to sit, reflect and chill out for a while.

retro office sofas

1. Softline Scope Sofa

2. Knoll Florence Relax 3-Seater Sofa

3. Hay Mags Sofa 2½ Seater

See our full range of designer sofas.

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Other Mad Men Style Furniture

We also sell a huge amount of other retro office furniture that would really give your place of work that 60s vibe. The Knoll conference armchair is perfect for the meeting room, whilst both the Vitra benches and the Knoll splay leg coffee table would be perfect for a reception or waiting area. If you have a break room or ideas room at work, then the Gan Mangas Pouf is incredibly comfortable and looks fantastic.

1. Knoll Saarinen Conference Armchair

2. Vitra Bench

3. Gan Mangas Pouf Naturales Caramelo

4. Knoll Nakashima Splay Leg Table

5. Flos Arco Floor Lamp

6. Knoll Saarinen Coffee Table

MADBAR

Bar & Wine Accessories

To say that Don Draper and his fellow Mad Men like a drink or two might be a slight understatement. Nary an episode goes by when they don’t have a glass of whiskey at work or knock off early to head to the nearest bar.

Whilst drinking at work might not be the most productive idea, having an occasional drink after work doesn’t harm anyone. We included just a few of our bar and drink accessories, including the phenomenal Araq wall-mounted bar cabinet, a Menu carafe, some rocking spirit glasses and drink stones that chill your drink without diluting it.

Bar and wine gifts

1. Araq Wall-Mounted Bar Cabinet

2. Rocking Spirit Glasses

3. Drink Stones

4. Menu Multi Carafe

See our full range of bar and wine accessories.

What do you think of our Mad Men-esque retro office furniture? What would you like in your office?

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