Close-up of drop-front drawer with incised diamond motif
Total design is the concept that an architect or designer should control every part of a space, from a home's structural engineering to its flatware. It was a popular ethos among 20th century icons like Florence Knoll and Walter Gropius, and it's been revived (at least in spirit if not terminology) by a younger generation. Case in point — the "Crafted" Sidebar project by Seattle-based Urbancase and Connecticut studio Teroforma.
Everything, from the inside of the drawers to the glassware, was designed to function as a whole. A diamond pattern appears on the cut-crystal glassware and repeats itself in the liquor cabinet's incised wood drawers.
Inspired by mid-century furniture, the sideboard was designed by Darin Montgomery and Trey Jones of Urbancase. It's available in two finishes: walnut and white, each with a white Corian countertop. There's a drop-front drawer for bar tools, a pull-out drawer for napkins, and a sliding panel that conceals liquor and glassware storage.
The glassware includes highball, old fashioned, and cocktail glasses by Czech designer Roman Vrtiska for Teroforma. The set's diamond pattern is made from mouthblown, non-lead cut crystal.
• Sidebar by Urbancase, made to order: $3,100 in walnut
• Sidebar Tumblers and Cocktail Glasses by Teroforma, limited edition, $55 - $65
• Urbancase Red Ledge: ICFF 2010
• ICFF 2008: Urbancase
Photos: Teroforma and Urbancase (1-6), Sarah Coffey (7-10)