Custom Furniture for an Executive Office – Case Study (Part 6) – The Scotch Bar

Yesterday’s post showed the work in progress on the custom desk and credenza being made for JLT’s executive office. Today’s post will feature the Scotch Bar.

The inspiration for the design of this piece has its genesis in the Gentleman’s Valet Stand we displayed at the 2005 Interior Design Show in Toronto. It was here that JLT first saw my work, and I remember him saying how much he liked the idea of making the Valet Stand into a Scotch Bar. I kept that idea in the back of my mind for several years, until it came time to design the furniture for his office.

Since JLT also shares my appreciation for the work of Art Deco furniture maker Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, I also wanted to incorporate a subtle “Ruhlmann” feature into the design. Rather than copy or try to imitate Ruhlmann outright, I sought to create something original that still managed to give a respectful nod to the master.

Hopefully this was achieved by incorporating some faux ivory diamond inlays into the face of the exterior split shells. The image below shows the inlay being fitted into place.

The design of the apron and leg assembly supporting the main cabinet was inspired by the work of the late James Krenov. The flared curved legs were milled from 8/4 solid cherry, while the solid cherry aprons were fitted to the legs with mortise and tenon joinery. A pair of elevated cross ribs between the front and back aprons support the upper cabinet, while creating the illusion that it floats over the base.

Although the apron and legs are shown as natural unfinished cherry, the intent is to darken them during the finishing process with a traditional ebonizing solution of vinegar and iron. The idea is to keep the base as simple and utilitarian as possible, so that the visual focus can remain on the upper cabinet.

The interior of the Scotch Bar will feature LED lighting, a bronze mirror back, glass shelf, granite slab surface, a pull-out tray for serving, plus a utility drawer for utensils and accessories.

Next: Custom Furniture for an Executive Office – Case Study (Part 7) – The Motorized T.V. Cabinet

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