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

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

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.

Off grid
5 January 2018

Since 2002, Château La Coste has combined winemaking, art and architecture across its 600 acre Provençal estate, which houses artworks by the likes of Louise Bourgeois and Alexander Calder, and structures by architects such as Jean Nouvel and Frank Gehry. Its latest commission is a pavilion by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Artists and architects invited to contribute to Château La Coste’s impressive collection are asked to draw inspiration from the countryside of Provence, and Kuma has delivered. His design takes its cues from the region’s renowned light, which has inspired artists from Cézanne to Picasso. Kuma named his piece Komorebi, a Japanese word describing sunlight filtering through trees, which he represented with an asymmetric grid of Brazilian wood beams. Offering no protection from the elements but instead allowing for a connection with the natural surroundings, it is far from your typical shelter. Perched on a hill overlooking the Luberon valley, Kuma’s pavilion is a truly sculptural object in conversation with the landscape around it.

Photography: James Reeve. Writer: Rosa Bertoli

Single story: The Vault, Seoul
11 December 2017

In 2015, we commissioned British architect Sally Mackereth and Royal Salute to create a whisky bar for our annual Handmade issue. The collaboration proved so successful that it has now progressed into the Scotch whisky brand’s first tasting lounge. Located in Incheon’s Paradise City, the Vault offers a truly immersive experience. Mackereth has distilled the company’s ethos into an opulent space with elements inspired by the whisky-making process: walls are made of wooden slats taken from the oak barrels used to age whisky; the floor of the private tasting room (pictured) features porcelain details in a tribute to Royal Salute’s iconic flagon; and a plinth for the brand’s older blends is aptly crafted from 8,000-year-old Neolithic wood. The lounge also includes a complete whisky library, an olfactory bar and a maturation bar offering personalised tasting experiences.

Paradise City Resort, 186 Yeongjonghaeannam Street, Jung-gu, Incheon. Writer: Rosa Bertoli. As originally featured in the December 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*225)

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