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Behind the Scenes: Photo Styling for The Art of the Bar Cart

From high-end magazines and design-inspiration websites to stores big and small, bar carts are a must-have piece of furniture. Our very own design director Vanessa Dina’s new book The Art of The Bar Cart is officially out—in it, you’ll learn how to create a picture-perfect bar cart and acquire some new drink recipes on the way. 

The Art of the Bar Cart

Dina worked closely with photographer Antonis Achilleos to shoot the book; you’ll find that some photos aren’t exactly what they appear to be. Here she shares a behind the scenes look at two shoots.

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The Art of the Bar Cart features 20 different themed bar carts, along with celestial cocktail recipes. Each cart was photographed in a unique space—whether the location was a warehouse, someone’s home, or even in the backyard(!), the team transformed every inch into something very special.

Our industrious photographer, Antonis Achilleos, was also our set builder! Here he is escorting a shipment of bar carts into his home.

Art of the Bar Cart

For our Gin Cart, Antonis created a room set outside. Using materials from Home Depot, he constructed a wall space with clean lines and a modern, contemporary feel.

Art of the Bar Cart

Note our assistant, Holger, in the background enjoying a quick lunch break.

Art of the Bar Cart

Art of the Bar Cart

Antonis worked with natural light to capture beautiful shadows and depth. The final shot embodied a clean, bold look with clear glasses and bright whites. You’d never guess this entire set was built outside in the backyard!

Art of the Bar Cart

We also transformed Antonis’ kitchen area into a light, airy, feminine space to feature the Punch Cart. The kitchen had supplies in every nook and cranny:

Art of the Bar Cart

For the perfect shot, we had to extend the floor tiles we were using.

Art of the Bar Cart

And here’s the final shot, in all its glory:

Art of the Bar Cart

The Art of the Bar Cart

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If you’re looking for more inspiration to create your own cart at home, check out The Art of the Bar Cart.

The Art of the Bar Cart

Cheers!

Vanessa Dina

Vanessa Dina is a Design Director at Chronicle Books with a passion for all things food and drink. When she’s not designing cookbooks she can be found cooking from them and sharing the results with her family and friends.
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