Wine & Design: a world of oenophile wonders and spirit-raising accoutrements

Wine & Design: a world of oenophile wonders and spirit-raising accoutrements

Brew romance
28 May

This Milan brewery and tasting room, a new outpost of artisanal beer pioneer Birrificio Italiano, bears the distinguished and sophisticated design style of local architecture studio and long-time Wallpaper* collaborator DWA. Founded by Frederik De Wachter and Alberto Artesani in 2005, DWA produces interiors, furniture and temporary installations (including a few of our Wallpaper* Handmade exhibitions). The studio’s concept for Birrificio Italiano combines existing features of the 1930s building, such as the dramatic terrazzo floors, with contemporary additions that include a bar made of steel, marble and brick-coloured porcelain, as well as seating and tables in the tasting area. The beer menu reflects Birrificio Italiano’s focus on traditional brewing techniques, combined with research into taste and ingredients.

Birrificio Italiano, 12 via Ferrante Aporti, Milan. Writer: Rosa Bertoli

Bespoke wine room by Brandon Jørgensen

Grape and favour
8 May 2018

When a private client asked Napa-based architect Brandon Jørgensen for advice about building his wine collection, Jørgensen not only introduced him to a series of small, independent wineries and larger wine estates, he also created a bespoke room for him to house everything. The compact space, measuring 8ft x 8ft x 8ft, features a modular display and storage system crafted in eastern white oak in collaboration with Oakland-based Pacassa Studios, and is designed to hold more than 2,000 bottles. ‘The supports create a space that unifies the collection while allowing it to be organic and evolve over time,’ says Jørgensen. The collection already includes great local wines, such as a vintage Larkmead Cabernet, but Jørgensen estimates it will take 15 to 20 years to fill the room.

Writer: Rosa Bertoli

‘Swinging Drink Table’, $725, by Christopher Gentner, for Gentnerr

Swing state
26 March 2018

The Fraction collection by Chicago-based designer Christopher Gentner is the result of a year-long exploration of creative processes and a curious piece of research into serving and presenting drinks. The most remarkable design from the capsule collection is the ‘Swinging Drink Table’ (above left), described by Gentner as ‘a table for your drink that is already a little drunk’. The pieces are made from brass, using both CNC machining and traditional craftsmanship, and finished by hand to achieve a patina. Suspended from the ceiling, the drinks table features a circular top just large enough to hold a single bottle or glass, and is pictured here alongside Gentner’s brass and silicone ‘Stool 1’ – the pair are sure to get cocktail hour going with a swing.

‘Swinging Drink Table’, $725, by Christopher Gentner, for Gentnerr. Writer: Rosa Bertoli

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