Bar cabinets continue to grow in popularity. At the recent High Point Market, there were some truly stunning examples of beautiful cabinets that would become statement pieces of any interior space. Most used mirrors inside and tempered glass shelves to add to the glamor and sparkle of the piece. But why the sudden influx of bar cabinets? No, I don’t think it is due to Americans drinking more, but I believe they are an extension of some basic societal changes:
- First of all, people don’t require bookshelves anymore to store their books. They require places to showcase their mementos and nostalgia, but that isn’t limited to the requirement of a bookcase anymore. Space is free within interiors that was once relegated to bookcases.
- What people do need in their homes are pieces of furniture that bring the eye up and allow some height to still play within the space. They need statement pieces. Bar cabinets fit that bill glamorously on both counts.
- People continue to entertain at home. Part of entertaining may mean enjoying a tasty adult beverage from time to time. People can still relax among friends at home, but the simple ritual of opening up a bar cabinet makes the event feel gracious and truly special.
- Lastly, there’s no rule that says these have to be used for beverages at all. Some would be perfect for hiding a television and many are so beautiful inside it would be a shame to ever close them. These cabinets could even give a “shrine” feel to the honored mementos and personal items placed on display within.
Below are some truly stunning examples of bar cabinets from last month’s High Point Market that I actually got to touch and feel for myself; and they were stunning in person. Perhaps a few may inspire you to use such a statement piece in your next design. (or to repurpose an interesting piece using mirrors & glass!)
The Bruce bar cabinet by City Collection was a huge hit in the Spring, and it’s understandable why. Real onyx shagreen adorns the face of the Bruce, while the body is made of exotic makore wood. Opening the doors trigger LED lights that will turn off when the bar is closed. The interior features a 1/2″ tempered glass shelf, mirrored interior, pull out ivory leather work surface drawers with storage underneath, and two accessory drawers all perched upon on a bronze stand. It is available in additional wood tones, shagreen colors, and bronze finishes.
The Chelsey limed oak bar cabinet by Arteriors features the lighter gray-toned wood that was prevalent throughout High Point Market. It also featured natural linen doors with nailhead trim and opulent brass hinges. It included a recessed light above that shines down through the 3 adjustable shelves. It is also available in additional wood tones.
The Anna Bar Cabinet by Worlds Away was a shiny lacquer jewel of a cabinet that seemed like a present just waiting to be opened. The high green lacquer finish and the chinoiserie details gave way to a sleek mirrored interior with adjustable shelves. Also available in a Palm Beach white gloss, it was a piece that stopped me in the aisles at High Point.
The Collectors Cabinet by Global Views isn’t actually mirrored in the traditional sense. Its mirror comes from glass that has been backed with leafing in a historic gilding process known as verre églomisé. In the gray version (shown above) the metal leaf is silver. In the alternate darker version of the piece (not shown), gold is used. The neoclassic details and tall height give the piece a stately presence in the room.
Last but not least is “The Emperor’s Cabinet” by craftsman Colin Johnson. Carefuly constructed of high-density plywood, covered in rich mahogany veneer, and detailed meticulously with solid brass trim, it creates a statement piece for the evil Empire’s Emperor or any fan of ‘The Empire Strikes Back,” (arguably, the best of the Star Wars films). For more on this piece, visit Laughing Squid’s post here. I just had to include it for a bit of fun. But now it’s your turn. What is the most beautiful bar cabinet you’ve seen?