Design news: the sleek Sixties-style of Mad Men

Mad Men's hourglass fashion and period sets have earned it cult status with viewers and sparked a new interest in early Sixties interior design - think sleek, dark wood and black leather desks
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Christina Hendricks
Turning heads: Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) in the cult Sixties-based TV series Mad Men
Mad Men has returned to our autumn TV screens with more tales set in the slick Sixties world of New York advertising. The show’s hourglass fashion and period sets have earned it cult status with viewers and sparked a new interest in early Sixties interior design.

Think sleek, dark wood and black leather desks (now scaled to accommodate a laptop), chunky coffee machines and inlaid cigar boxes.

For unashamedly luxurious furniture bursting with Manhattan glamour, look to Soane. Creative directors will love the Peristyle iron table with a choice of limestone or marble tops (£3,800), the Nureyev drinks trolley, in a choice of antique finishes and optional drop-in glass shelves (£5,900) and the Quiver Klismos chair with swivel base upholstered in tobacco goatskin (£10,600).
Soane, 50-52 Pimlico Road, SW1 (020 7730 6400). For details visit

Leather ice bucket and cocktail glasses
Linley: cocktail glasses (£50) and an embossed-leather ice bucket (£195)
Modern London architecture is on the outside of David Linley’s limited edition of five humidors (£13,350). They feature the London skyline in marquetry, and come loaded with cigars packed in temperature-controlled Spanish cedar drawers.

Linley joins the Mad Men for a Martini, offering a pair of elegant cocktail glasses and a glass cocktail shaker (with rosewood stopper and engravable silver disc) for £549; an embossed leather ice bucket (£195) completes the look. Linley shops are at 60 Pimlico Road, SW1 and 46 Albemarle Street, W1.
Exercise bike
Ciclotte: a design-conscious exercise bike made in carbon and steel (£6,800)

Combining sleek style with state-of-the-art technology, this design-conscious exercise bike (right) won’t want to be stowed out of sight. Made from carbon, steel and glass fibre, it is light enough to be moved around and is great for high-intensity workouts. The Ciclotte costs £6,800 and comes in carbon, silver or purple. See

Katakana desk
Dare: the Katakana desk (£2,699) is made with rich American black walnut
Sean Dare set up his Brighton studio last year and makes furniture that would look at home at the fictional Sterling Cooper ad agency. His designs accommodate modern technology and are tailored to suit individual requirements.

The Katakana collection includes a desk (left, £2,699), two chairs (£849/£1,599), and a sofa (£2,599) made from solid American black walnut with black leather. See

Coffee maker
Lavazza: the new Premium Piccina coffee machine (£169)
A Mad Man needs coffee, not Scotch, to start his day. The new Piccina from Lavazza is a compact machine (£99, available in red, black or white) that uses speedy, efficient capsule technology, while the Premium version (right, £169) in black/silver, is its big brother. Espresso capsules for both come in packs of 16 for £3.59.Visit

Don Draper would love the new desk lamps from Original BTC, with their retro curves and black and silver finishes: the London light (£350) and Hugo (£270) are sexy, sleek and curvaceously retro, and you can now see them at Original BTC’s new London showroom at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, SW10 (020 7351 2130). See

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