John Kapel for Glenn of California Bar Cart


Mid Century Bart Cart designed by John Kapel for Glenn of California in the United States circa 1950’s. Beautifully crafted in walnut, this versatile bar cart has been completely restored. The top of this bar cart slides up and over to create a large surface to make drinks. Black Formica top makes making drinks a worry free experience. One drawer and open cabinet space with a shelf makes storing alcohol and drink essentials convenient. 


Dimensions: Extended: 63 L x 20 D x 28.5 H 

With top Folded down : 45 L x 20 D x 281.5H  

About the Designer: 

John Kapel graduated from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI (other noted alumni include Harry Bertoia, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen). After a short stint training in Yugoslavia, he moved to New York to work with George Nelson (chief designer of Herman Miller Furniture Company), who hired him as a general designer. After two years at George Nelson & Associates, Kapel headed westward to California and landed in what was then the farmland of Los Gatos. 

Kapel enjoyed the challenge of creating a design that could then be produced in a factory. He had seen how George Nelson & Associates earned royalties off its popular designs. To Kapel, that was much more appealing than hand-making every single stick of furniture his mind could dream up.  Kapel explained his decision by saying, "My fellow craftsmen...thought I was a sell-out. I didn't care. I wanted a nice house and designing for a manufacturer allowed me to do that." 

He made some prototypes and piled them into his station wagon, journeying from Los Gatos to Los Angeles, where he knocked on factory doors. The first he tried was Glenn of California. After showing his samples to owner Ike Baron and striking a mutually satisfying agreement, the two embarked on a partnership that would last more than 20 years—with only a handshake binding their deal. John Kapel furniture was born and his legacy now lives on.

While Kapel insists he's not famous, his work is nevertheless exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ( Credit: Incollect)