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Seven bar carts for summer soirees

June 26, 2010 |  6:00 am


Planning a Fourth of July party? Perhaps it’s time to roll out a new look. We selected some bar carts for a range of tastes and budgets. First up: Vagoon from El Salvador-based Kiu Interiors.

We first saw Vagoon this spring at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York. The red top can flip over for use as a serving tray, and despite the playful look, the design has some heft to it — about 29 pounds. Price: $272 plus shipping, which varies depending on your location. Kiu doesn’t have any U.S. retailers for Vagoon at the moment. Contact the firm through its website

Six more bar carts after the jump, including Vladimir Kagan, Espasso, West Elm and CB2 ...

Photo: The Circa bar cart by the California design studio Roost is framed in weather-resistant cast aluminum, the accents are brass and the handle is wood -- all adding to the expense but also ensuring it’s built to last. Must-have-now shoppers can find it for $1,310 at Duet Interior Collections in Los Angeles. If you can wait for August shipping, the cart can be ordered online for $1,309 through Velocity with free shipping. Credit: Roost


Photo: For a modern look at a modest price, there's always West Elm. The company's Barrow bar cart is framed in powder-coated aluminum and equipped with white-painted glass shelves. Normally $199, it's on sale for $169. Credit: West Elm


Photo: If you like options, CB2 delivers plenty in the Garcon rolling bar cart. Upper and lower trays can be removed and used separately, and the whole piece folds flat for storage. Regularly $69.95, it's on sale for $59.95. Credit: CB2

Photo: For a different take on a contemporary cart, Brown Jordan offers the Quantum serving cart, which has a suggested retail of $1,370 to $1,440, depending on the finish. Credit: Brown Jordan

Photo: The JZ tea trolley takes its name from its designer, Jorge Zalszupin, a Polish-born modernist who moved to Brazil. It's made of steel and Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, and it sells for $10,750 through the Brazilian design specialist Espasso. Credit: Espasso


Vladimir-Kagan-Bar-cart-open Photos: If the perfect cocktail is an art, then Vladimir Kagan's bar cart is a gallery unto itself. Ralph Pucci International has reissued the 1957 design. The walnut frame is finished with a two-piece white Formica top that flips open to reveal an ice bucket and tiered surfaces for glasses and bottles. With the top pieces flipped over to the side, hosts have two work surfaces to prepare cocktails or serve hors d’oeuvres. It is sold through interior designers, so the price will vary depending on your decorator’s markup. But suffice it to say: It's priced like a fine vintage wine, not a Budweiser. Credit: Ralph Pucci International

-- Craig Nakano and David A. Keeps

Vagoon photo credit: Kiu Interiors

CORRECTED: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the Circa cart was $3,010 at Duet Interior Collections. We have slapped ourselves -- hard, twice -- for the typo.


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