Designers Lindsey Coral Harper and Patrick Mele toast these practical, portable, and eminently stylish serving carts that are sure to get the party rolling.
LCH: This is the mother of all bar carts! It's made of black walnut, so it's heavy and substantial enough to hold its own in a great room or family room. Thanks to that removeable butcher-block top, you can even use it as a small kitchen island.
PM: It would be perfect for outdoor entertaining, like at a barbecue. Everything is well thought out, from the towel bars to the adjustable shelves. The solid wheel almost has a Constructivist look. And I love the color—it's a terrific red.
LCH: I love the masculine brass accents and beautiful wood legs. At nearly 40′′ it's quite tall, which makes it easy on the back and functional. It would be a natural for an office.
PM: Very midcentury. I can see it in a ranch-style beach house, where you'd have room to spread out. Even though it doesn't have the storage space of other carts, the large top makes up for it.
LCH: Malachite is one of my favorite ways to add color and pattern to a room, and this faux malachite feels substantial. I like how the top lifts up, making the cart easy to clean.
PM: Definitely a glamorous choice—the color and finish are gorgeous. It's got great scale and nice geometry. I like the way the lines of the cart over- lap one another. $1,075;
PM: Most bar carts feel edgy, but there's a palpable sweet- ness to this wood one. The raffia bottom shelf and decora- tive cutout handles give it a feminine aspect. And I like how you can look through the glass on the top shelf to see what's on the bottom.
LCH: It's not too big or too small. The raffia adds a sum- mery note. Depending on the color you choose—it comes in 16 shades—it can convey totally different moods.
PM: This is a classic polished- nickel bar cart that could also work in a modern setting. It's got potential beyond cocktails. It would be elegant in a bath- room, for instance, stocked with towels and Q-tips.
LCH: It would also be attractive stacked with books. It's a very handsome and sturdy piece, with plenty of storage. It gives you a lot of look for the price. The leather on the handles is a luxurious touch. $1,449;
PM: This is very Mrs. Robinson. I picture it with rattan furniture and a Mongolian lamb rug, or in a stylish poolhouse. No detail has been spared—look at those solid brass handles and casters.
LCH: The whole cart is beautifully made. An instant classic. It's expensive, but you'll have it for a long time. When your glassware and bottles are placed against the brass and thick acrylic, they'll sparkle. $7,775;
PM: If you're looking for a purely modern piece, this is it. It's streamlined and well- constructed. And I like how the shelves, which resemble lac- quered Japanese trays, lift out.
LCH: The whole thing is nice and light. It's simple to wheel around—not every cart maneuvers so well. The three trays provide a lot of storage. It also comes in white, which I think would be equally chic.
PM: What amazing form! It's not for everyone but would be the perfect accent in a modern set- ting. It sits low, so it's not ideal for standing and mixing cock- tails, but it's great for serving.
LCH: This is a fun one. I see it by the pool in a chic L.A. backyard. The painted metal also comes in bright red or blue gray, and there's a version in natural oak for a toned-down effect.
LCH: The dark mahogany finish is handsome, but what really makes this piece is the antiqued-mirror top. Put your glasses and decanters on it, and they'll catch the light. This will be beautiful set up.
PM: I'm getting a sophisticated bachelor pad vibe. The brass gallery rail adds refinement. It's a great-looking piece that will make any room more put-together. $1,599;
LCH: This would be lovely in a sunroom, as the mango-wood shelves and the iron frame give it a relaxed indoor-outdoor feeling. In fact, if you didn't use it as a bar cart, it would be excellent for displaying potted plants.
PM: It's got a nice simplicity and compactness of form. They nailed the brass color of the frame. Honestly, at this price point you can't lose. $470;