Wine vineyards in sunny California and a British industrial designer don’t at first seem like a natural match. The wet and grey stereotype of a London street scene is the polar opposite of bronze Californians making wine on the vast stretches of the hot American West to match that of the Mediterranean giants of France and Italy. However, Claire Danthois has done just that and come up with an extraordinary wine tasting instillation called “Reinspired Elements”.
A company called Newton Vineyard in the Napa Valley commissioned the young British designer (seen in the picture above with the instillation) to create the work. Standing at six feet high, the piece was constructed using re-purposed red wine oak barrels and 300-year-old oak wood acquired from a Bristol (UK) wine merchant.
The wine tasting instillation is comprised of 112 individual oak segments which allude to the Newton estate’s 112 distinct vineyard blocks. It also includes two glass shelves which make up the bar as well as a hanging rack for glasses and spaces to store the wine bottles.
This piece is one of five wine tasting bars that Claire Danthois as created using recycled natural materials. Her other work can be seen in London, Tokyo and even on the South Atlantic island of St. Helena.
It’s without doubt a wonderful edition to any wine connoisseurs’ tasting room or wine cellar and a dream for an Interior Designer. Perfect for a wine club meeting. Could you imagine entertaining guests around this?