By Amy Cutmore
With the growing trend for bar trolleys and drink cabinets showing no signs of slowing, the ‘cocktail corner’ has become as important a feature to our living spaces as a sofa, dining table or – dare we say it – the television.
It’s also become a key offering for Swoon as they continue to unveil new bar trolleys, statement cabinets and sideboards – all designed with originality and elegance.Swoon’s home bar collection, which calls upon mixed marbles, brass and timber, is the perfect range to accompany Aperol hour.
Our first serving suggestion is the Karlssen sideboard. Just as some of the best cocktails consist of only a few ingredients, the Karlssen is a masterclass in elegant simplicity.
Its unfussy shape allows the nuanced patterns and golden tones of the natural wood shine – and a brass-plated strip brings just a hint of glamour to the party.
A POP OF POLISH
This mover and shaker is the one to pick if you prefer your Bellinis with extra bling. Fill with tipples and glassware, then wheel it out from your designated cocktail corner to make a spectacular after-dinner entrance.
Like the best bar tender, this limited-edition trolley combines ingredients with flair. The black-metal frame contains trays of mango wood and marble – with practical raised edges to contain spillages – and a rack for bottles of wine or spirits.
Get the look: Hansel bar trolley in Black & Marble, £379, Swoon
It may be slight in stature – and therefore perfect for spacially challenged rooms – but this trolley packs a big style punch. The juxtaposition of traditional brass and fresh pale mango wood will appeal to fans of Scandi design.
Brass and green marble were two essential features of decadent Art Deco design. So why not party like it’s 1929 and serve up mint juleps or sidecars on this pretty trolley that can double as a side table.
Though it can be moved around, we can see this glamorous cart becoming a prime feature in a room. Its distinctive hairpin legs rise up to form handles that double as cradles for your precious prosecco. And while it may channel the 1920s, it’s anything but stuck in the past.
Get the look: Shay trolley in Brass & White Marble, £349, Swoon
Here, a harmonious combination of metal and wood serve up a modern industrial look. The fine metallic strands that cut through the acacia-wood façade and slim brass legs are a luxurious touch, making this cabinet an instant focal point.
Get the look:Herning cabinet in Acacia & Brass, £479, Swoon
THE GOLD STANDARD
Who wouldn’t take a shine to this luxe cabinet? Its tactile push-to-open doors are made up of multi-faceted hammered metal panels, which catch the light in extraordinary ways throughout the day and night.
Behind, four rosewood compartments give you all the space you need to store bottles of beer, wine or spirits, glassware and essentials like napkins and stirrers. Still, you may opt to keep your top-shelf liquor and finest flutes on show atop this glamorous unit.
Get the look: Nazca sideboard in Rosewood & Brass, £679, Swoon
See the full range of bar trolleys at swooneditions.com
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