Art Deco 1930s Cocktail Drinks Cabinet, Skyscraper style Gin Bar, Painted Blue
This striking cabinet is pure 1930s Art Deco. With its classic Deco stepped design, it immediately reminded us of the furniture created by the designer Paul T Frankl.
Frankl, who trained as an architect in Europe, was one of the most original designers working in New York in the late 1920s and 30s. A native of Vienna, who initially worked on film sets, he became a huge success and created some of New York's most exuberant and luxuriant furniture. He took his influences from glitzy Hollywood sets and the glittering Manhattan skyline. His best known pieces were his so called - skyscraper bookcases and cabinets - stepped silhouettes which echoed the Manhattan skyline. He was also influenced by designs from the Orient and incorporated lacquer, gilt and silvered finishes into his work. His gleaming lacquered surfaces typified the high-end luxury look he became famous for. Although he took inspiration from many sources, his work typified what became a distinctly American Art Deco.
We snapped this beauty up as soon as we saw it. The stepped design was definitely ready for a Frankl style makeover. Frankl loved the use of dark colours, combined with a gloss finish, so we took our inspiration straight from his design book. This dark, inky, blue, is a custom colour made from 3 Fusion Mineral Paint colours; Midnight Blue, Liberty Blue and Coal Black. We then chose to add multiple layers of a high gloss varnish to give it that Frankl look. The trim was calling out for the Frankl touch too, so we have highlighted this with a superior grade of Aluminium leaf, which gives a beautiful silver, chrome like, effect. The handles, which are original to the piece, have been cleaned and we think they work perfectly with their skyscraper design shape and look. Inside the cabinet has been painted in Fusion's Ash, a lovely shade of deep grey - classy and elegant.
There is a removable shelf and, the good news is that full size bottles fit on the top shelf, whilst below, you can fit your smaller bottles, glasses and other bits and bobs. We have included a shot of the interior with contents inside - to give an idea of scale - sadly those contents are not available! There are 4 drawers, all run nice and smoothly and have been cleaned and polished inside and out with Orange Oil to nourish the wood. We have left the insides and sides of the drawers unpainted to ensure that they run well. We have changed the old brass hinges, for new chrome ones. The left side door has a latch at the top which slides up and locks it into position.
This is an absolute gem of a piece that would fit perfectly into a vintage home, but would work equally well in a more contemporary setting. It truly is a stunning piece of 1930s history and we're sure it won't be around for long!!
We are always delighted to be able to rescue and refinish beautiful, good quality, vintage, furniture. We lavish them with care and attention, clean them thoroughly and breathe new life into them, but we can't make them look like new - and we don't want to! These are character items and their imperfections are an integral part of their story. As a vintage piece from the 1930s it does show signs of use and age, but these do not detract from its style and practicality. There are some dinks and areas of wear to the wood, as you would expect from a cabinet that is over 90 years old, but there is plenty of life left in this gorgeous piece. There are also some dings to the handles, again, completely understandable given their age.
If you are looking for an off the shelf, mass produced, item with a perfect factory finish, this isn't the cabinet for you, but if you want a special and unique one-off, that you definitely won't find anywhere else - you've found your perfect match! If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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