Five elegant accessories to beautify your bar

These barware designs mix functionality and style with a dash of whimsy

Native & Co brass bottle opener, from £40
Native & Co brass bottle opener, from £40 | Image: Andy Barter

The beautifully simple bottle opener Crafted from solid sand-cast brass that rests satisfyingly in the hand, this bottle opener was created by the Japanese designer Masanori Oji for a foundry dating from the late 19th century, which originally specialised in Buddhist altar fittings. Ingeniously simple and eminently functional, it develops a rich patina with use, imparting added character to what is already an object of singular beauty. From £40, nativeandco.com. MARIA SHOLLENBARGER

LSA mouth-blown glass Julia decanter, £58
LSA mouth-blown glass Julia decanter, £58
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The handcrafted glass decanter This elegant, teardrop-shaped Julia decanter is mouth-blown at LSA International’s factory in Poland. The firm was co-founded over 50 years ago by creative director Monika Lubkowska-Jonas’ father, and its pieces are now used by hotels such as The Dorchester in London and the George V in Paris. £58, johnlewis.com. CLARA BALDOCK

Cocktail Kingdom gold-finished aluminium ice-ball maker, from £140
Cocktail Kingdom gold-finished aluminium ice-ball maker, from £140 | Image: Cocktail Kingdom
Die Siphon Manufaktur vintage soda siphon, price on request, and the brand’s own stainless-steel Tokyo siphon, £249
Die Siphon Manufaktur vintage soda siphon, price on request, and the brand’s own stainless-steel Tokyo siphon, £249

The elegant ice-ball maker Cocktail Kingdom is a one-stop shop for all things related to the art of drinking, and specialises in barware that fuses contemporary or vintage design and functionality. It has myriad bar staples – ice trays (from £6.50), shakers (from £7) and tumblers (from £21.50) to name a few – but it is the unusual, design-led accessories that really stand out. This gold-finished aluminium ice-ball maker (from £140) creates perfect 55mm frozen orbs — a boon for any serious cocktail maker. cocktailkingdom.com. CHRISTINA OHLY EVANS 

Aurélien Barbry for Georg Jensen stainless-steel Sky jigger, £20
Aurélien Barbry for Georg Jensen stainless-steel Sky jigger, £20
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The vintage soda siphon Vodka sodas, jazz-club reveries and art-deco chic are just a CO2 capsule and a shake away at Die Siphon Manufaktur, an e-shop specialising in handsome 1920s and 1930s Sparklets soda siphons, gathered from New York, London, Paris and Berlin. The website carries hand-restored, original designs, including two “London” models. The 1920s C-Type (€750) features a bulb holder (it’s a favourite of cocktail supremo Tony Conigliaro, a customer), while the 1930s D-Type (€650) comes with a valve and removable holder, plus a chrome-plated top and collar, corrosion-resistant wire mesh and conical glass base. Each siphon is hand-restored by a small team in Munich – only a handful of items are available at any time, but a selection of exquisite designs is also kept offline (drink enthusiasts can inquire about it). Tokyo (€249) is the sole model that is Die Siphon Manufaktur’s own creation, made in Japan from stainless steel – and the site now offers handcrafted silver- and gold-plated cocktail shakers, cocktail spoons and drinking cups too. siphonmanufaktur.de. CAMILLA APCAR 

The über-cool cocktail jigger I’m a typical New Yorker who loves a nightly cocktail but until recently did not own a proper cocktail jigger. Sky, a little mirror-polished stainless-steel modernist wonder designed by Aurélien Barbry for Georg Jensen, has added a real flourish to my pour. Barbry, it should be noted, started his career working for famed architect Jean Nouvel, and has also designed products for Normann Copenhagen and Issey Miyake. He has described his philosophy of design as wanting to “reinstate everyday forms, simply and accurately”. That’s exactly what he’s done with this jigger – the short side is a teensy bit over one ounce, the long side just over two ounces. It feels good in the hand, like a tiny piece of sculpture worthy of leaving out on the bar cart rather than stashing in a drawer. Best yet, the price will make it my go-to hostess gift this season – it will last a whole lot longer than a bottle of rosé, and is far more useful too. £20, georgjensen.com. RIMA SUQI

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