8 Stylish Home Bars by Jacques Grange, Steven Gambrel, and More
An immaculately designed corner for cocktails is ideal for entertaining—even if it’s a party of two
Whether you choose to stock your shelves with red and white wines from around the world or the finest ingredients for a creative cocktail, bespoke bars are essential for home entertaining. They provide intimate spaces for relaxation and conversation, and offer yet another elegant avenue to display one’s art collection. Discover several residential perches, counters, and lounges—all sourced from Galerie’s archives—that expertly integrate apéritifs and art.
1. For their Palm Springs midcentury-style oasis, Ralph and Rita Rudin worked with Silvia Kuhle and Jeffrey Allsbrook of the Los Angeles architecture firm Standard. The couple sought a minimalist, quiet, and natural space, all of which are reflected in this corner bar design, which gives pride of place to a colorful work by Joan Miró.
2. When it became time to relocate to the West Coast, Liz Anne and Phokion Potamianos tapped designer Eddie Lee to bring their artful La Jolla bungalow vision to life. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright protégé Frederick Liebhardt in 1958, the spectacularly sited house was transformed by Lee into a comfortable, contemporary four-bedroom family home brimming with art. At the sunken bar, a Candida Höfer photograph rests on the counter, offering an alternative focal point to the view beyond.
3. Designer Steven Gambrel and architect Gary Brewer, partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, pushed the envelope on traditional interiors when designing this Park Avenue apartment. Plush, cool-toned interiors are juxtaposed with vivacious contemporary art, as is the case in this intimate bar area.
4. In the entryway of collector Stacey Bronfman’s Fifth Avenue apartment, a cobalt Mattia Bonetti bar is as much an art piece as the Damien Hirst paintings. French designer Jacques Grange helped amplify the home’s graceful proportions and distinctive details, while updating yellowed floors and dreary finishes to evoke the feeling of a fresh, sophisticated loft for a modern family.
5. Zona MACO fair’s director, Zélika García, worked with designer Luis Bustamante on her apartment in a high-rise building conceived by architect César Pelli and completed in 1997. While the residence overlooks the Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City’s equivalent to Central Park, there is no shortage of art and iconic vintage design to keep one occupied indoors. Both feature in García’s glowing red bar alcove.
6. When tasked with redoing a midcentury home in La Jolla, California, William T. Georgis and Ilya Mirgorodsky paid homage to its roots while also injecting the interiors with contemporary appeal. Exemplifying this design marriage, the chic bar area plays with textures, patterns, and pops of color resulting in an installation-like appearance.
7. The ground floor of Museo Jumex founder Eugenio López’s Mexico City home features a large gallery and bar, which is lacquered in a lustrous blue. Among the rotating artworks are two Paul McCarthy photographs of mundane kitchen condiments blown up to monumental scale.
8. Kombucha mogul G. T. Dave’s minimalist compound in the Trousdale Estates section of Beverly Hills is a monochromatic vision. Designed by James Magni and Jeremy Graef, the property offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, which can be enjoyed from the outdoor bar.