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

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

‘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

Great Wall at Point Leo Estate Australia

Great Wall
9 February

Located on the tip of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, the Point Leo Estate has been a private retreat for the last 25 years. Now its owners, the Gandels, have opened its doors to the public, who can explore its 134-hectare vineyard and park, dotted with over 40 sculptures by leading artists such as Anthony Pryor and Tony Cragg. At its heart, perched on the estate’s highest elevation, is a new building by Melbourne practice Jolson. Its façade is a serpentine 6m-tall concrete wall (pictured), with hand-burnished concave curves that mimic the curvature of a wine barrel. The wall twists and turns to create a circular courtyard with a solitary Australian bottle tree in its centre, and a forecourt that perfectly frames a steel arch by Inge King. The sculptural structure conceals a cellar and two restaurants with expansive glass windows opening on the vineyards beyond.

Point leo estate, 3649 Frankston-Flinders Road, Australia. Writer: Dimity Noble

Wood notes
11 January 2018

Over the course of his career, the Parisian designer Raphael Navot has developed a distinctive aesthetic, combining wooden surfaces and textures to dazzling effect. His latest effort is a geometric wooden mosaic that forms the backdrop of the new wine cellar at La Grande Épicerie. Just opened on Paris’ Right Bank, it is the second outpost of the gourmet food hall of the Le Bon Marché department store. Working closely with the retail emporium’s own architecture team, Navot created a curved wall and circular floor for the cave, where the store’s most exceptional grands crus are displayed in a seemingly floating arrangement. 80 rue de Passy.

Writer: Rosa Bertoli.

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