Ever CHIC and sophisticated, the home bar is a visual sign of someone who entertains in stylish flair. Ever since Franklin D. Roosevelt (The 32nd president of the U.S.A.) repealed Prohibition in 1933 these gems have been the mainstay of elegant Design as well as a suitable place to house the hooch in regal splendor. Some of my favourites include:
The COLLINS Bar by MGBW Home
Sexy, sophisticated and a beautiful balance between modern design and classic traditionalism. The Collins Bar by the wondrous Design team at MGBW Home will make a chic and bold addition to any room where you entertain. I would LOVE to see this fully stocked with beautiful glasses and bar accessories in a living room, study, library or family room. The Collin Bar doors feature walnut veneers in a sunburst pattern that give it a wonderfully Art Nouveau feeling and features polished-stainless-steel base and trim that runs length of doors, while behind the doors are two adjustable glass shelves, one removable wood riser, a pull-out shelf, and a polished-stainless-steel back panel. This one truly is adaptable to any design or space… I ADORE it.
The MANHATTAN Bar Trunk by Esquire Home
Very masculine, very James Bond and VERY VERY sexy..the Manhattan Bar is an homage to Mad Men meets Esquire magazine. Perfect for a Design space with rich, dark leathers and lustrous chromes, the Manhattan bar trunk is for the adventurous and the bold in Design and behind the bar. With designated compartments for liquor, wine, glasses, and tumblers the Manhattan not only looks chic and cool, it is functional and easy to transport.
The Hyannis Port Bar by Ligne Roset
As my Grandmother would have said… this piece is a Handsome Gal. The ebonized oak, the curved back and the ability to be either placed against a wall or used free floating like a screen (this beauty is finished all around and in every detail so it is as beautiful from the back as it is from the sides, front or back). It works especially well if you want a bar not to call too much attention to itself.
The Kiosk Butler Bar is an extraordinary cabinet that recalls the glamour of Europe during the 1920s, with its rich detailing, lustrous finish and patina, bronze pulls, stretchers and sabots. It’s the perfect scale for a chic condo or apartment, yet for something so diminutive it has a BIG visual design impact because of its tailored perfection. The Kiosk wraparound outer doors are lacquered in a gilded, rice-textured finish and open to reveal a mirrored interior meticulously fitted with richly lacquered trays. The bar has beautifully proportioned slender, slightly staggered legs that are finished in basalt and perfectly accent the cabinet gilt patina (also available in a silver patina). As well the piece has a terrific amount of space for glasses and bottles and the integral serving trays are functional and adorable. This is a spectacular piece guaranteed to work in any interior and for generations.
However…. DON’T feel you have to buy an new piece to work as a Bar Cabinet. Put your thinking cap on and evaluate your space and what would work best for your personal style and how you live and entertain. For myself, I ADORE mixing modern and antique pieces together with a rich and storied tension and a patina of age to bounce of the clean lined modernity of the new pieces. This is why I love to use antique Secretaires for bars. They have open fronts that drop giving a good workable surface and generally have marble tops perfect for various bottles and bar accessories. The usage of them as a bar gives them a modern twist and suddenly makes them even more dynamic in a space. I love the lines and feeling of the piece shown.