Mad Men Series Inspires Student’s Work

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Inspired by the hit AMC television show Mad Men, set in the Madison Avenue advertising world of 1960s New York, UNT interior design senior Stephen Walsh created a mid-century executive office suite that won first prize in a Teknion Student Design Competition. Walsh earned a trip to Toronto to discuss his winning design with product developers from Teknion, which designs and sells office furniture.

He says he was particularly inspired by a Mad Men episode in which a character refers to nostalgia as “a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone.”

“When I planned my design, I wasn’t trying to create mid-century furniture,” Walsh explains. “I was borrowing elements to create something new and fresh with a sense of nostalgia.”

Walsh works as an intern at Interprise Design in Addison and for the North Texas chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council

Stephen Walsh in front of his design. (Photo by Michael Clements)