Mad Men has a lot to answer for. Granted, I was a bit late to the party, but since investing in the first-season box set, I’ve furnished my flat floor to ceiling in Mid-Century Modern furniture, can’t leave the house without a silk scarf and lashings of hairspray, and decided it’s acceptable to drink whiskey at 9 o’clock in the morning. To cure my writer’s block, obviously.
So imagine my excitement when I first clapped eyes on this, the R7 2.1 sound system from Ruark Audio, surely a 21st-century icon-in-the-making masquerading as a quaint 1960s radiogram.
There’s no doubt that if Joan Holloway was a piece of technology, she’d look a lot like this – all curves and clever ideas. Like the CD player that plays standard and MP3 discs, built-in Bluetooth and WiFi for wireless streaming, and a DAB+/FM/Internet radio. Even its RotoDial remote is smarter than the average ‘zapper’. Because it works by radio link, it doesn’t need to be pointed at the R7 to work, meaning you can control it from an adjoining room.
The R7 is made from walnut, glass and aluminium, and while it’s intended to take centre stage in your living room, it can defer to a Peggy Olsen wallflower type (how far can I take this Mad Men analogy?). Just ditch the spindle legs and use the rather more stumpy feet supplied to sit it on a shelf.
Available from the autumn, Ruark’s R7 will cost £2,000, so best start saving.Read more →