It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere!

December 4, 2020 | Expert Advice

In these challenging times, you could be forgiven if you feel the need to unwind with a cocktail at the end of a busy day.

A Place to Perch a Martini

Even if you’ve been displaced from your downtown skyscrapers and are now exclusively telecommuting from a corner of your studio apartment, you’re still putting in the hours, bringing home the bacon, getting things done. You deserve a reward for your hard work. Something simple that takes little effort; something that will refresh and relax. Nothing fits the bill like a well-mixed drink. A glass, some ice, your preferred poison; maybe a dash of bitters, a splash of soda, a sprig of mint, a lemon peel. Shaken or stirred, straight up or on the rocks, there is nothing as satisfying as the ritual of concocting – and enjoying —a drink of one’s own.

For the space-challenged imbiber, what do you need, really, but a place to perch your martini or highball? Three apartment-sized side tables fit the bill: WAM, Mika, and Portello. Each of them is light and versatile and pairs well with any sofa, lounge, or ottoman. The low-profile WAM comes in a black matte finish; for more color options, Mika is available in stained or lacquered oak or black Fenix. If you happen not to be drinking alone, the two-tiered leaves of the Portello come in mix and match colors of stained lacquer or wood finishes.

Mika side table.

Aurora Shines this Season

Aurora sideboard

Aurora sideboard.

Modern, mid-century design makes the Aurora Sideboard a stylish choice for entertaining – even if this year’s party is happening over Zoom or Skype. Available as a long, low sideboard or a tall-boy cupboard, the elegant Aurora is finished in Canaletto walnut and features latticed doors, brass detailing, and an interior back panel in either a natural or bronze mirror. With ample storage and surface area, you’ll be ready for when in-person parties are a thing again. Meanwhile, Aurora makes for a beautiful backdrop when hosting a virtual get-together.

Freestanding Media Unit & Bar in One!

The problem with virtual cocktail parties is the tendency for guests to need more stimulation than your stimulating conversation can provide. For this, you’ll want to show off your Freestanding Media Unit. You can stash your bar gear in it – it’s made for stashing, accommodating a television, short-throw projector, or both. Combining the latest technology with innovative design, the self-standing media center conceals your wires and AV components with the use of clever wire management and a remote-control infrared eye. Available in custom sizes and a wide variety of matte lacquer, high-gloss lacquer, and wood veneer finishes, the Freestanding Media Unit is always the topic of conversation.

Strike a Pose

Even the humblest of homes can strike a sophisticated note with the Strike Barstool. Its slender frame supports a double-padded back and graceful, wrap-around armrests. Settle in with your favorite beverage, logon to the party, and go ahead and gloat about your excellent taste in furniture.