Design Portfolio: Earth Shaken

<< Back to Robb Report, September 2013
  • Andrew Myers

‘‘When I was a small boy, my grandmother challenged me to find a secret drawer in a bureau that she treasured,” says David Linley, the renowned British designer and a grandson of the Queen Mother. “I couldn’t understand how it was possible to conceal something so cleverly, so I resolved to find out how.” The Tectonic Bar (www.davidlinley.com) is the latest manifestation of Linley’s fascination with mechanical furniture, a design genre that was the vogue of the 18th century. This contemporary interpretation by Linley’s eponymous furniture-making firm appears to be simply an elegant cabinet of ebonized walnut incised in gold leaf with an abstract map of the world. But at the press of a concealed button, the doors open to reveal an interior lined in gold leaf and housing a cocktail bar outfitted with Linley accessories. Internal columns rotate; a refrigerator appears in the base of one column, and the press of an interior button summons a cigar humidor. Should prospective owners of the Tectonic Bar (approximately $130,000) require secret drawers of their own, Linley—which allows any number of variations—will enthusiastically oblige.

South Florida’s real estate market is sizzling, thanks in part to a new wave of design-focused...
Photo by Erhard Pfeiffer
East and west harmonize above the spectacular skyline of Kuala Lumpur. SEE THE PREVIEW...
Daniel Libeskind, the renowned New York–based architect who won the commission for the rebuilding...
Dunn-Edwards’s latest paint collection is more than 300 years in the making...
The Manhattan furniture gallery Khouri Guzman Bunce Lininger has debuted its latest addition...
Photo by Sergio Chimenti
Paola Lenti’s outdoor parasols make taking cover from spring sun or light showers a most stylish...
Photo by Luca Giuliani
Many luxurious upgrades for the kitchen crowd the market...
The pursuit of the perfect espresso may have reached a new level...
Photo by David A. Lee
Palm Springs Modernism Week introduces new events that explores the history of retro-futuristic...
Alexander Wang partners with leather manufacturer with a new line of home furniture...