A Look Inside Roger Sterling’s Office
Some recent binge-watching of the Mad Men tv series has inspired this, yet another, foray into Roger Sterling’s office, a mid-century modern period design. And why not? Set decorator Claudette Didul populated it with all the finest components of the time period: the Saarinen tulip tables and stools, a Nesso mushroom lamp, a Volther Corona chair, arc floor lamp, the Le Corbusier chaise, etc., etc. This room has it all. (Interior design students take note.) And how about that fabulous, no-name, steel and glass bar cart?
Roger’s Office wide angle view
Mad Men Reintroduces Mid-Century Modern To The Masses
Well-curated gatherings of 1960’s period classics like Roger Sterling’s office are a rare sight in the mainstream. Mid-century modern was long considered bad and embarrassing. But why? First, there’s good and bad in every design style. The color schemes of this period basically had two gears: muted (drab) earth tones or bright (loud) pastels. Depressed or bombarded. Take your pick. The interaction often monopolized the observer and dwarfed the great design. It made the style easy to dismiss. Fast-forward and today the style and its pieces have been reclaimed, refurbished and are highly coveted.
Mad Men has proven itself as an interpretative chronicle of a period in American design history. When it originally aired, the art and furnishings of this particular set caused quite a stir, as did the show’s other sets and rightfully so. The show’s set designs play as important a role in the episodes as the human actors. Feature stories in publications like Interior Design magazine and the New York Times’ Style section and many others have showcased these interiors repeatedly.
There’s little doubt Roger Sterling’s office was destined for cult status among design geeks. Much like the program itself — it will always deserve another look.