How to drink like Mad Men

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  • In tribute to the latest series of Mad Men, Livingetc rounds up the best modern cocktail cabinets and drinks trollies. Hic!

    The Mid-century Modern fans among us are very excited about the prospect of Mad Men returning to our screens for its final stretch. While the world of the new series has moved into the early 70s, taking the décor and fashions to new realms of brashy and splashy, one thing will (hopefully) remain constant. Don, Roger, Joan and the gang will still love a drink. “Not till the sun goes over the yard arm” is an expression that doesn’t register with them, but we’ll forgive the boozing as they do it so stylishly.

    All those bottles, tumblers, shakers and ice buckets have to live somewhere, though, and we’ve spotted a real trend for smart sideboards, cool cabinets and trendy trolleys. Seriously. The Milan Furniture Fair last year was awash with enough high-end drinks trolleys to set Mrs Overall’s knees atrembling. And the high street wasn’t far behind. So, in homage to a fine series and in honour of a new trend, raise a glass to our round up of the most stylish ways to stash your booze.

    The Inside Out cocktail cabinet by Joined and Jointed riffs on the notion of surface decoration by offering a clue on the outside to what’s kept on the inside. The elegant and chic way to be shaken but not stirred.

    Handmade from solid American Walnut or Black Oak, The Rockstar by Buster and Punch is a real showstopper.

    This console table has been cleverly configured with nifty bottle storage. Very clever. And the Perspex and mirror is very 1970s.

    This salvage industrial unit proves cocktail cabinets don’t have to be slick, streamlined and mid-century in mood.

    For a more ethnic vibe a reconditioned lacquered-wood Chinese dresser from Rouge doubles up as handy drinks storage.

    Nothing blings things up and sets a party mood quite like metallics and this high street trolley from Oliver Bonas will serve you well, from elegant soiree to ambassador’s reception.

    A contemporary sideboard with mirror-backed doors provides perfect storage for all your cocktail accessories, yet looks elegant and refined even when the bar’s closed.

    Add some Art Deco glamour with a 1930s tea trolley, repurposed as a handy vehicle for all your mixers.

    The Brandy by Studio Kronos for Catellan Italia, works Caneletto walnut and lacquered steel into a marvellously modern update on a classic piece.

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