Homes are growing smaller and increasingly fluid environments have led design companies to experiment not only with bigger furnishings, but also smaller — and more mobile — accessories, like the bar cart. A frontline star at dinner parties in the ‘60s, the bar cart is back once more, evolving contemporary domestic spaces.
Breakfast in bed, pizza on the couch, or a tea in the armchair. Age-old rituals draw us away from the dining table and lead us to original design solutions for mobile surfaces. And while the coffee table or simple side table are solid yet static alternatives, these new carts are presented with mobility in mind. Often foldable and realized in wood or steel, these secondary support surfaces also work for books and as container spaces. The latest models this year then reinforce a multitasking aptitude, re-elaborating on historic pieces and crafting contemporary solutions. Let’s take a closer look.
Calligaris - Love
Realized completely in metal, the Love bar cart from Calligaris is distinguished for its light volumes and sleek forms. Born from the minds at Radice Orlandini, the studio of Andrea Radice and Folco Orlandini, the cart is paired to a metallic materialism of glass and bronze. 80 centimeters tall, Love can be moved with ease from the kitchen to the bedroom.
Giorgetti - Host
Adam D. Tihany debuts in this collection from Giorgetti with his own interpretation of the mobile bar. Named Host, the project flaunts a retro spirit recalling the ‘50s, the atmospheres of New York’s clubs, and the deeply embedded ritual that accompanies the preparation of cocktails. The equipped cabinet on the cart, to use separately as well, is a light and versatile element that adapts perfectly to residential or contract atmospheres. The column of the mobile bar is clad in leather with enriched edges in solid Canaletto walnut and exposed seams, while the two shelves with refined metallic details are made to house bottles and glasses. Finally, a wooden top with marble inserts is equipped with a rotating, removable drawer. The cart on three wheels, meanwhile, has a fixed upper half and a tray below.
Porada - Jet
With its latest Twenty Jet collection, Porada presents a family of carts designed by Carlo Ballabio, who found inspiration in the geometric figures of the Fritz tables, with their soft angles, and the Mix mirrors, from the very same designer out of Cantù. Completely original, meanwhile, is the selection of materials used for the top with pinstripe wood inlays. The warm nuances of solid Canaletta walnut then create a perfect contrast to the matt metal base.
Kartell - Gastone
The Gastone cart from Kartell is a milestone of flexible living. Designed by Antonio Citterio with Oliver Löw in 1991, it’s the perfect partner for the living room: foldable and supported on wheels, the small and extendable table is ideal for buffets and happy hours, or just a second surface colored with new tones. The latest colors released with a Matt finish include black, white, prune, and cream.
Alessi - Plico
Richard Sapper created Plico back in 1976, and today, Alessi looks to relaunch the iconic cart with an essential and linear form recalling the famous Tizio desk lamp, designed by Sapper himself just years earlier for Artemide. Realized in plastic and steel, “Plico immediately reveals itself to be a small masterpiece ‘Sapper-style’: an absolute object capable of fulfilling its function in an impeccable manner, characterized by an aesthetic of strong personality,” says Alberto Alessi. Foldable, the piece is easily maneuvered for eating a meal or working.