Dr. Kenneth Montague's party-friendly penthouse in Toronto is filled with conversation-starting artwork and furnishings, like a chandelier from Bocci. “When I have parties, there’s always something to get people talking," says Montague.
A U-shaped family home in Austin articulates its way around a mighty oak tree, and, in doing so, forms an ideal outdoor gathering spot.
A storied 1980 party house in a California resort town enters a second chapter as an intimate gathering place for family and friends. Resident Stacey Chapman Paton credits her collection of vintage cocktail shakers for helping create a convivial atmosphere. “You’ve gotta whip out your shaker to get a drink right,” she says.
At an open-plan retreat in Mexico City, an electric curtain is used to close off the kitchen from the living area when the residents are entertaining.
The L-shaped configuration of this indoor-outdoor home in Los Angeles forms a partially enclosed patio. Sliding doors along the living room and kitchen offer easy access to the interior entertaining spaces.
This unassuming home bar in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood is equipped with a range of happy hour amenities, include a spout for filtered water, ice maker, wine fridge, and over-sink shelving.
The porch at this modern Kansas City home, which is furnished with a Saarinen Round dining table and Emeco Navy chairs, is a popular setting for warm-weather entertaining.
A lifelong devotee of architecture and music, Nathan Frankel added an 80-person concert venue and guesthouse to a converted barn in Beverly Hills. The stage features a Steinway piano. Elsewhere, an Enomatic wine dispenser is built into a staircase for on-the-go revelry.
Justin Korhammer maximizes space in his Manhattan bachelor pad with a stainless steel kitchen that folds away. The doors are installed so that they fold in, not out, which leaves the hallway unobstructed for guests.
To foster a feeling of conviviality, the architect of this family retreat in São Paulo made the communal spaces flow together seamlessly. “[The father] can watch a football game in the media room, [the mother] can entertain guests in the living area, and the kids can be having a snack in the dining area or playing in the garden or pool—all at the same time,” explains the architect.