When entertaining a larger number of guests, tea-trolleys, or, if it is later in the evening, bar-trolleys, provide an ideal solution due to their capacity, stability and ease of movement. When not in use, they can be used as side tables or stowed away until they are needed again.
Several celebrated designers have contributed in this product group. Eileen Gray’s ‘Rivoli’, now produced by ClassiCon, is more of an extendable bar than a trolley, equipped with two swivelling trays in chromium-plated steel. Architect Alvar Aalto’s Artek-produced ‘Tea Trolley 900’ radiates calmness, with its oversized white wheels, a ceramic tile top, laminated birchwood construction and a rattan basket; while Verner Panton’s ‘Barboy’, manufactured by Verpan, hides storage space for drinks in its three cylindrical sections that can be rotated independently of one another.
Other available designs are mostly variations on the trolley typology, whether they are round, such as Gunilla Allard’s ‘Chicago Trolley’ for Lammhults, which comes with chromium-plated steel structure and glass platforms; or made out of wood, such as Fischer Möbel’s ‘Flores servingtrolley’. A wholly minimal ‘TC small table’ by Peter Ghyczy is crafted out of a single, bent glass panel, with wheels attached at the base, while the ‘Equator globe bar’, manufactured by Boca do lobo, is a mobile copper globe which hides storage space within.
And lastly, Stephan Boltz’s and Valentin Hartmann’s ‘bordbar’ reuses the shape and craftsmanship of the ubiquitous airline serving trolley with a series of colourful graphic finishes, combining time-tested practicality with that vague promise of faraway lands and leaving one’s troubles behind.