I started to watch Mad Men lately. The storyline is great. The series also grabbed my attention for the set designs and the fashion.
I have a thing for the glamour behind the world of advertising although I do not watch TV ads. And it is fun to watch the customs of the 60s. It reminds us how our customs have evolved for the better of everyone one in our society.
AMC describes the series in those words:
From Matthew Weiner, the Emmy award-winning executive producer and writer of “The Sopranos,” “MAD MEN” is the ground-breaking, daring series about the glamorous and ego-driven “Golden Age” of advertising, where everyone is selling something and nothing is ever what it seems.
I laughed when I saw Betty Draper, the wife of Don, preparing stuffed celery sticks for a party. Thank God that we are so beyond that now. Examine the typical details of office parties from the show. We see that drinking in Mason jars is nothing new. The prints on the paper cups look cool today.
The series also explores the first step of women taking their place in the workforce with the sweet Peggy Olsen moving from secretary to junior copywriter.
If you never catch the show on AMC, season 1 is available on DVD. You have to wait until summer 2009 for Season 2 on DVD.
Modern Office, version 1964
Lastly, I spot this cool 1964 dream office advertisement by Steelcase on a cool blog called The Mid-Century Modernist.
I had a few office chairs like the secretary chairs on the ad. I gave or sold them, except one, at the end of last year. I was said to let them go but we lacked the space. I think they are cool.