The modern cellar, sought by a new generation of collectors, is oftentimes as much a social and artistic showpiece as it is a controlled environment for preserving wine. Four design firms take us inside the sophisticated cellars they have created, from ultramodern repositories to historic-replica caves. For more great cellar design ideas and Q&As with collectors, see the full "The Art of the Cellar" cover story.
Artistic Touch: CellArt collaborates with a diverse lineup of visual artists to create its striking designs. Above, hand-cut paper work by Myriam Dion fronts individual wine lockers containing six bottles apiece.
Leveling Up: In this two-floor design, known as the Sanctuary, a Zen rock garden is surrounded by 14 hydraulic, remote control–operated wine lockers that transport wine up from an 11,000-bottle-capacity cellar space below.
Sweet Setup: This honeycomb-inspired wine locker comprises 225 individual racks illuminated by gold LED lighting. The temperature- and humidity-controlled interior is protected by CellArt’s proprietary thermal glass, which it engineered in-house.
Artfully Disguised: These CellArt-built retractable wine lockers pull out of the wall and are independently temperature-controlled to store reds, whites and sparklers in optimal conditions.
Safe Keeping: This CellArt design holds 600 bottles using Stact racking technology, with shelving made from American walnut.
JOSEPH & CURTIS
Stop and Stair: This acrylic and glass cellar, located beneath a staircase in a Weehawken, N.J., residence, is decked out with LED lighting and an array of mirrors designed to create an effect wherein the racked bottles appear to be floating in air.
Room with a View: Part of a thorough build-out of an 18-by-46-foot space in a Harrison, N.Y., home, this cellar incorporates white oak, chevron-shaped racking, a brick ceiling and an all-glass front. A tasting room lies adjacent to the cellar, allowing the owners a full view of their temperature-controlled collection while sipping their wines.
City Slick: Joseph & Curtis constructed this 750-bottle cellar in a New York City apartment, incorporating black stainless steel, LED lighting, metal racking and a ductless split-system cooling solution.
Going Deep: Employing two of Savanté's distinctive shelving styles—stave oak diamonds on the bottom and horizontal sommelier racking on top—this space aims to create a perception of depth, with a small art niche in the back leading to a side door and an additional storage area.
Best of Both Worlds: Balancing a Michigan-based client’s desire for a contemporary-feeling cellar that incorporated a lot of wood elements, Jim Cash used walnut plank walls to wrap the floor-to-ceiling glass and mahogany shelving to hold the collection’s roughly 1,160 bottles.
Bang for the Buck: Located in Nashville, this cellar aims to maximize capacity while retaining a striking aesthetic. Pullout drawers allow for easy access to bottles in multiple sizes, while Revel’s patented revolving towers sit against the glass entry wall.
Country Charm: For this 3,000-bottle cellar in Memphis, Tenn., Revel drew inspiration from historic French country estates, updated with cutting-edge amenities.