David Rockwell Designed a Bar Cart for the 21st Century

And here are the essentials with which to stock it.
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David Rockwell, the architect and designer behind upscale hotels such as the New York Edition and restaurants like Nobu and Gato, has released a limited-edition furniture line just in time for summer entertaining. The collection’s most striking piece, the Valet bar cart, is a modern update of an art deco design and features black steel handles, American walnut shelves, and brass casters and trim. A soft, full-grain saddle-leather pouch on the bottom shelf holds essential drink-making tools, and the handles are wrapped in thin strips of leather, the same technique Rockwell used on the staircase railing of Nobu Fifty Seven in Manhattan’s Midtown.

“I was inspired by classic, very simple leather bags,” he says. “I wanted the bar cart to feel luxurious to the touch—and the combination of hard and soft seemed counterintuitive and kind of beautiful.” $2,285; e-mail for information

13 Ways to Stock it Properly

  1. Saint-Louis Tommy shaker, $715
  2. Puiforcat Sommelier Collection red wine glass, $830 for two
  3. Riedel Veritas coupe glasses, $69 for two
  4. Cross Leg chair by Magnus Long, $3,125 
  5. Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Champagne, from $99
  6. Tanqueray No. 10 gin, from $49
  7. Plantation 20th Anniversary rum, from $49
  8. Booker’s bourbon, from $59
  9. Gran Patron platinum tequila, from $178
  10. Laphroaig single-malt scotch, from $139
  11. Hibiki Japanese Harmony whisky, from $67
  12. Glenlivet 18-year-old scotch, from $104
  13. Pierre Ferrand dry curaçao, from $26
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