Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cool modern bar carts

I love the idea of a bar cart. Use it for drinks, or as a side table piled high with magazines. The beauty of it is that it can easily be moved around.

Skonahem Magazine (Sweden)

Doesn't this look cool! Great your guests with a martini glass or even just a glass of wine for a festive start to your party. 
Try this mid-century version out for size at the next Kamelot Auction in Philadelphia scheduled for November 19th. This is made of chrome and brass and is 26.5" high. It was made circa 1960, and has an auction estimate of $200 - $400. It's conveniently on rollers, and can be moved around to your guests!

Here is another mid-century design, but much more traditional looking in my opinion. This is described as an Aldo Toro brass and goat skin serving cart, circa 1960. This is also in the Kamelot auction with an estimate range of $100 - $200. It's 29 inches tall. I like the classic design and can easily see it stacked with wine and crystal Glasses, or alternatively with magazine on the bottom rack and tea and cookies on the top. 

There's something about a multi-tiered cart. It makes for much more interesting display. Think of all the options - glasses on one level, bottles on another, a cool ice bucket on a third, and perhaps some flowers. This is an Edward Wormley designed cart circa 1957 for Dunbar, and sold at a Wright Auction in Chicago for $875 off an auction estimate of $500 - $700. It's made of laminate, walnut and brass.

For another multi-tiered version, here is a  Gabriella Crespi designed cart, circa 1970. It's made of brass, glass and plastic. This sold at a Wright Auction for $2,000 off an auction estimate of $3,000 - $5,000. Very sleek and very Italian!
 Elle Decor - Designer: Robert Stilin

For another idea of how to use a bar cart, in this bedroom the designer, Robert Stilin, uses one as a coffee table in front of the couch. You could move it around the seating area depending on where you sit. Pile the bottom shelf with books and magazine, and have your pot of coffee on the top shelf for a relaxing Sunday morning!

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