Start Summer Cocktail Season in Style With These Relics From the Past



It’s not just about pouring a fine vintage at your summertime soirees. Show off your prized bottles in a chic wine rack, too, like this wall-mounted 1970s Danish rosewood version (20¾" h. x 5½" w. x 4¾" d.). $450, Stellar Union, 25 N. Sea Rd., Southampton, 631-204-0315.

Finnish designer and architect Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) was noted for his bent birchwood furnishings, such as this 1940s bar/serving cart topped with black linoleum (22" h. x 32" w. x 22" d.). $1,800, Eclectiques, 1524 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 631-537-9594. lilitg@optonline.net

Cocktails taste just a wee bit stronger and maraschino cherries a little sweeter when you’re sitting on a zigzag-shaped, circa-1970 Lucite and suede bar stool like these (31½" h.). $8,000 for four, JED, 27 Washington St., Sag Harbor, 631-725-6411, jedeamer@aol.com.

Want to make and store your own wine, as French families routinely did in the 19th century? These circa-1880 green-glass bottles are fitting vessels. From $385 to $600, English Country Antiques, 26 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton, 631-537-0606.

Not surprisingly, this sleek strainer ($72) and vintage brass bottle opener ($68), cast with the names of cities of the world, date from the early 1960s, the height of Mad Men–era cocktail-hour style. Ruby Beets, 25 Washington St., Sag Harbor, 631-899-3275.

A version of this article appeared in the June 2014 issue of Hamptons Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Raising the Bar.

 

 

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