Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sunken Living Rooms à la Mad Men

[photo via Los Angeles Times]

A new issue of the D Pages appeared in my mailbox yesterday with none other than Don Draper on the cover. Doesn't get any better then that!

The entire issue is dedicated to Mad Men's spot-on sets, featuring interviews with Amy Wells, set decorator for seasons one through three, and Claudette Didul, who took over for seasons four and five. The sets have certainly gained more of a swinging '60s vibe of late, but I hadn't realized a new hand was at work behind the scenes.

In any case, nothing hearkens back to the "Zou Bisou Bisou" days of this season quite like the sunken living room in Don and Megan's new apartment. So, of course, I went searching for some more...

Harwood Taylor's 1960 Frame/Harper House in Houston as restored by Stern and Bucek

This is what happens when Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard join forces. Wow!
[via D Blog]

A Flickr find, so no information on this mid-century design, unfortunately

A futuristic version of a conversation pit photographed by Martin Morrell
[via plastolux]

A family home in Udine, Italy, designed by Patricia Urquiola
[photo by Barbel Miebach via Trendir]

Living room in Dallas by Hull Historical
[via Houzz]


  1. The Newton house had a sunken living room.  People would always trip going into it...

  2. Haha - I remember that room! And thanks for being one of my only non-blogger friends/family to comment. :)

  3. AglimpseofglamourMay 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    my family has a sunk in living room- i never thought it was a thing- our's definitely doesn't look this modern! ha!


  4. Wow, I'm so fascinated by the idea of having a sunken living room! I'm especially loving the third example with the amazing colorful pillows!

  5. I've been loving the 60's style in this season!  I def remember scenes with the Draper's sunken living room.  Didn't Mary Tyler Moore also have a sunken room?