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Furniture maker stars in 'Mad Men' set design

April 25, 2014
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Furniture maker stars in 'Mad Men' set design
Actor Jon Hamm sits as ad-industry man “Don Draper” for the AMC TV series “Mad Men.” Photo via fb.com

An office furniture maker has played a cameo role on several episodes of the TV series “Mad Men,” which just entered its seventh and final season on AMC.

The iconic furniture designs by Zeeland-based Herman Miller, founded in 1905, appear again this season, according to an article by Fast Company posted this week.

The first season of “Made Men” is set in 1960, and by the seventh season, the members of Sterling Cooper & Partners are preparing to enter the 1970s.

“An Eames Time-Life chair shows up in Roger's office; Don gets an Aluminum Group chair,” says the article of Herman Miller pieces featured by the show.

Fast Company reports that the show’s set decorator, Claudette Didul-Mann, has regularly worked with Herman Miller’s archives team to find accurate vintage pieces for the show’s backdrop.

Didul-Mann also mentioned that old Herman Miller ads, which were often designed by in-house design director Irving Harper, have provided inspiration for her set design.

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