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Get a whiff of this! Here’s what the latest home bar furniture looks (and smells) like

Pia Seidel
08.11.2022
Pictures: Pia Seidel
Translation: Katherine Martin

Ever since Mad Men, serving trolleys have been the in thing. Now, some new storage solutions for whisky glasses and the like have come on the scene. Not only do they look neater, but they’re also dust-free.

The home bar trend is showing no signs of slowing down, with designers continuing to posit new ways of showcasing pretty spirits. Or new ways of doing the opposite and hiding them away. I’ve taken a look at the trends within our product range as well as those on display at the Alcova exhibit held during the Furniture Expo.

Secret compartments

Instead of salting up a margarita glass, Berlin-based design studio llot llov sprinkles the mineral on still-wet wood. This leads to osmosis, which creates an irregular smattering of dots on the surface, accentuating the grain and creating eye-catching designs like «Osis Brutal».

A decorative gem: the «Osis Brutal» sideboard by llot llov.
A decorative gem: the «Osis Brutal» sideboard by llot llov.
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As well as its pretty front panels, the shape is striking too. Intended as a nod to brutalist architecture, it has particularly chunky legs and oversized elements. Take, for example, the modular cabinets, which conceal plenty of space for a home bar. Since the wood is finished with PU varnish, the surfaces are also water- and oil-resistant. Perfect for those little spillages when night falls and the drinks are flowing.

The curved doors of this monumental piece of furniture conceal a space for bottles and glasses.
The curved doors of this monumental piece of furniture conceal a space for bottles and glasses.
Photo: Pia Seidel
The door shelves allow you to store glasses and more.
The door shelves allow you to store glasses and more.
Photo: Pia Seidel

Mirrored interior

The only thing decorating «Bar Cabinet» is a single crescent shape, and yet it still draws your gaze. The pink lends contrast to the otherwise black and dark-green wooden doors.

«Bar Cabinet» by Zaven is a mirrored cabinet.
«Bar Cabinet» by Zaven is a mirrored cabinet.
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Even when its doors are open, the cabinet still holds everyone’s attention with its mirrored interior. It forms part of the «Collage» furniture collection by Zaven, which emerged from a collaboration with SEM (Spotti Edizioni Milano). Leaving at least one of the three doors open creates a mirror image of the bar accessories inside and plays with the light shining in. That attracts attention. However, if you’ve had enough of all the (ahem) smoke and mirrors, simply close the doors once you’ve had your fill.

The bar cabinet is part of the «Collage» collection.
The bar cabinet is part of the «Collage» collection.
Photo: Pia Seidel
It’s made of wood with natural veneers coated in different colours.
It’s made of wood with natural veneers coated in different colours.
Photo: Pia Seidel

Put a lid on it

Even when «Orbis» by Kickie Chudikova is closed, you can still see what’s inside. The serving trolley is a contemporary interpretation of the 16th century globe bar. Both acrylic glass halves can be closed, while at the same time offering a view of the microcosm within.

Lid on: though the «Orbis» globe bar is closed, you can still see what’s inside.
Lid on: though the «Orbis» globe bar is closed, you can still see what’s inside.
Photo: Pia Seidel

The bottom half of the globe is filled with clear resin set with insects, and forms a stable surface for your spirit collection. Underneath, there’s a diffuser that releases a scent created by Alessandro Gualtieri of the perfume brand Nasomatto. Inspired by petrichor – the smell of rain on dry earth – the scent makes «Orbis» appeal to more of our senses than your typical drinks trolley.

A smaller sphere below the globe contains a diffuser.
A smaller sphere below the globe contains a diffuser.
Photo: Pia Seidel
A steel frame holds together the hand-cast, jesmonite plate surrounding the globe.
A steel frame holds together the hand-cast, jesmonite plate surrounding the globe.
Photo: Pia Seidel

I also found a globe and several pieces of furniture in our product range, which, unlike serving trolleys, keep bar accessories behind closed doors. Even so, they’re no less attention-grabbing, either down to their eye-catching front panels or their captivating shapes. Either way, they’re certainly practical. They’ve plenty of storage space, keep out the dust and serve up a sense of optical calm for us neat freaks.

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