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Splurge: Jo Sampson’s London desktop bar

Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you. It’s a workday, and you feel trapped in an endless abyss. The collaterals are mounting, the environment is noisy enough to give you a migraine, and someone near you seems to be deliberately trying to grate your nerves to shreds.

Your mind wanders to your favourite drink, thinking how good it’ll be to take a sip from a cup of your precious poison. Then reality crashes, and you realise your office is so far removed from the nearest bar, you’ll have better luck going home and stress-sobbing into your pillow. Sounds dramatic, yes, but we’ve all been there. The kind folks at Jo Sampson have acknowledged this pain, and proffered a swanky solution: The London desktop bar.

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Behold the wonders within.

In collaboration with Waterford Crystals, the design magicians at Jo Sampson have created a compact desktop bar inspired by the London skyline. Enclosed within the leather-padded shutter doors are four leather coasters, a 33cm leather tray, a 22oz crystal decanter, two crystal Old Fashioned glasses, and two crystal highball glasses.

Open it up, and a mirrored interior becomes lit up by sensor lights, ensuring that you can get yourself a glass of quality whisky even if you’re in a dimly-lit office doing overtime. It comes in four finishes: Marble, metal, wood and alligator leather, with matching crystalware.

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The marble and alligator finishes of the desktop bar.

There are a just few caveats. The London desktop bar is extremely exclusive, with only four available worldwide. It also costs you S$24,500, and you’ll have to fly to Harrods in London to get your hands on one. If you can afford this splurge, it makes little sense that you’d be slogging away in an office — but one can always dream.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.
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