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Trendspotting: Bring Mad Men style into your home or office

The television drama is influencing interiors as well as fashion, and many home furnishing products out there make the look easy to achieve.

The brass, teak and leather used in the Mad Men television show's office sets 
help create an understated yet powerful vibe. Michael Yarish / AMC
The brass, teak and leather used in the Mad Men television show's office sets help create an understated yet powerful vibe. Michael Yarish / AMC

The critically acclaimed US drama Mad Men has recently returned to television after a 17-month hiatus. The fifth season began with stunning interior sets, utilitarian prints and dazzling costume designs.

The series, set around the fictional Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce advertising agency in the early 1960s, has been praised for its historical authenticity and credited with renewing interest in 1960s fashion, spawning higher waistbands in men's suits and complicated up-pinned hair styles for women.

The show's influence on the interiors market has also been significant. The mid-century sets are an interior designer's dream, with Scandinavian works ruling the period. Teak and white, earthen tones and tweed accents, along with classic 1950s and 1960s design works from Eames, Knoll and Saarinen, are once again popular, spurred by the television series. Many of the pieces used on set are readily available on the high street, and some been given a contemporary take - meaning the Mad Men look is easy to achieve.

With a white base, simple lines and tweed upholstery, Jonathan Adler's Mrs Godfrey chair in Manchester fabric is perfect for anyone trying to emulate the look of the Draper family home. Unexpected vertical button tufting and black trim piping bring the chair right up to date.

If you're looking for a more vintage aesthetic, try a walnut cabinet such as the Oslo sideboard from Crate & Barrel. It has the kind of stacked drawers and curved corners that were popular in 1960s Scandinavian design.

The show can also offer inspiration for injecting some style into your office space. Combine brass, teak and leather to create an understated yet powerful vibe. American walnut is a staple of the mid-century look. Try the modern-retro steel lines of the Danish oil-stained Clybourn desk, also from Crate & Barrel.

Vintage phones are also popular again, and I'm coveting the Sagemcom Sixty cordless version that comes in an on-trend burnt orange.

Retro prints are also back in vogue, and you cannot do the Mad Men look without Lucienne Day's textiles. Use them on a variety of surfaces, including soft furnishings and wallcoverings. Try www.spirografica.com for an exclusive range of cushion designs. A selection of Day's fabrics and wallcoverings is also available from the Victoria and Albert shop online, www.vandashop.com.

Anthony Hughes is a trend spotter at Scarlet Opus. For more information visit www.trendsblog.co.uk or twitter.com/scarletopus