Beauty & the Bar

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  • Brooke Lange

Crystal Clear

Topping this crystal decanter ($645) from Steuben is a handblown teardrop-shaped stopper with a teardrop-shaped air bubble at its core. The extra-wide base is a design derivation from ships’ decanters used in the early 1900s. Steuben also offers the Glimmer double old-fashioned glass ($90) and highball glass ($95).

www.steuben.com

Pour and Deliver

Vera Wang, goddess of wedding dress design, would not want any bride and groom to join in matrimony without having the most beautiful barware on hand. Therefore she created the Challis line of bar gear, which includes an etched silver-plated martini shaker ($80) and tray ($195).

www.verawang.com

Glamour Gear

Collection 3000, a silver-and-crystal cocktail collection designed by American architect Adam Tihany for Christofle, is a 16-piece barware line that features geographic etchings contrasting with smooth surfaces. Tihany’s collection includes a silver-plated corkscrew and bottle opener ($115) and a cocktail spoon and bottle coaster ($150 each).
www.christofle.com


Tilt and Tempt

Nambé, the modern-style silver company based in Santa Fe, N.M., also offers glassware for the bar.The leaded crystal Tilt decanter ($125) and matching 10-ounce Tilt double old-fashioned glasses ($175 per pair) are exclusive Nambé designs.
www.nambe.com


Ice Queen

The fanciful Motus ice bucket ($85), conceived by furniture designer Karim Rashid for Nambé, is wrapped with hand-cut swirling ribbon patterns and stands 81¼2 inches tall. Matching double old-fashioned glasses and highball glasses are also available.
www.nambe.com

Sterling Nights

Clean, simple lines and subtle detailing define the classic design of Tiffany & Co.’s Century barware collection. The Art Deco pattern, which was introduced in 1937 to commemorate Tiffany’s 100th anniversary, originally graced the company’s celebratory sterling silver flatware collection. The collection includes an ice scoop ($145), a bottle opener ($125), an ice strainer ($145), and a bar knife ($130).

www.tiffanyandco.com

Smooth Sailing

Christofle’s Atalante line of stemware displays an ocean motif through the portholes and horizontal lines that are etched into the glass. In addition to martini glasses ($135 per pair), the crystal barware line includes double old-fashioned glasses, highball glasses, vodka glasses, and an ice bucket.

www.christofle.com

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