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Torii Bar

Customization Options While the Torii Bar is a unique piece, made to a very specific brief for a private client, Zelouf & Bell work closely with clients and specifiers to establish the brief, and can customize portfolio pieces, in terms of materials, finishes, dimensions, form and function, with the resulting commissioned piece equally spectacular.
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Origin Ireland
Period New
Materials Anegré, ripple sycamore, birch, bolivar, tanganyika, gold leaf, bronze, brass, shagreen, lamb nappa, dimmable LED. Marquetry, traditional joinery, hand rubbed high gloss lacquer finish.
Dimensions
W. 64.17 in; H. 62.2 in; D. 19.69 in;
W. 163 cm; H. 158 cm; D. 50 cm;
Open W. 78.74 in; Closed W. 64.17 in;
Open W. 200 cm; Closed W. 163 cm;
Condition New.
Creation Date 2018
Description A London client with homes in several countries commissioned a bar/ cocktail cabinet according to a very specific thematic brief: Japonism meets Modernism meets Arts & Crafts. Expressing a fascination with torii (traditional Japanese gates marking the transition from the mundane to the sacred), incorporating a torii into the geometry of his cocktail cabinet seemed apt. While the client admired our Koi Noir Cocktail Table (a meditative slice of pond), we felt the koi were better suited to a horizontal surface, and suggested instead that we play with cranes, Japan’s most sacred bird; the literal meaning of torii is a “bird abode”, another resonance. The torii is elevated on cast bronze bamboo stretchers; the cabinet sits on an aged brass base.

The artwork is informed by a Meiji era Tomesode kimono; the cranes, inlaid in figured ivory anegre, grey ripple sycamore, red birch and yellow tay in a background of black bolivar and red tanganyika, graze amidst gold leaf leaves, applied after the labour-intensive hand rubbed high gloss lacquer finish. The underside of the black lacquer torii bar top is gilded, a reference to the gorgeous lining of couture pieces and kimono.

The bar top, secondary shelf and concealed tray feature black shagreen; celadon lambskin lines the drawers, picking up on a colour in our client’s treasured Ming vase. The cabinet is lit with dimmable led lighting, with a custom battery pack, as the client didn’t want to have to locate the cabinet near a source of electricity.
Styles / Movements Collectible Design, Contemporary, Studio Craft
Article References Sphere Magazine, Influencer, Winter 19 Robb Report, Ultimate Gift Guide 19 Financial Times How To Spend It, Dec 16, Raising the bar, Nicole Swengley Financial Times How To Spend It Superior Interiors Oct 17, Leaving the Sidelines, Nicole Swengley
Lead Time 14 weeks or longer
Lead Time Details Dependent upon our order books at time of confirmed order.
Product Type Unique
Incollect Reference Number 394177
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