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'Mad Men' inspires a return to design ideas of the 1960s

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Was it Don and Betty Draper's glamorous blue button-tufted headboard that inspired Pier 1 Imports to introduce the Hayworth, its first upholstered headboard for autumn? Well, the Draper marriage is over, but like a lot of the furniture on the set of AMC's hit show "Mad Men," it has seared itself into our design consciousness.

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"The '60s are sneaking into our lives," says West Elm senior vice president Alex Bates. "The Prada fashion collection is all 'Mad Men.' . . . It's happening all over. We have made our own nod with mid-century accents."

Among those accents are West Elm's stackable dining chairs in walnut ($99 each; also available in birch and white) and the woven veneer pendant shade ($149).

At CB2 (http://www.cb2.com), quad persimmon stools ($129 each), L_AMP floor lamp ($199) and the Draper slate sofa ($799) are set off by that 1960s style icon, the shag rug ($399 for 5 by 8 feet).


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