The Art of the Cellar: Design & Function

A gallery of gorgeous spaces from 4 designers

The Art of the Cellar: Design & Function
This acrylic and glass cellar, located beneath a staircase that is decked out with LED lighting and an array of mirrors, was designed by Joseph & Curtis. (21st Century Digital)
From the Sep 30, 2020, issue

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.

CellArt

Hand-cut paper work by Myriam Dion fronts individual wine lockers containing six bottles apiece.
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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.


A two-floor cellar design, known as the Sanctuary.
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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.


A honeycomb-inspired wine locker with 225 individual racks illuminated by gold LED lighting.
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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.


Retractable wine lockers that pull out of the wall.
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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.


A CellArt design holding 600 bottles using Stact racking technology, with shelving made from American walnut.
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Safe Keeping: This CellArt design holds 600 bottles using Stact racking technology, with shelving made from American walnut.


JOSEPH & CURTIS

An acrylic and glass cellar, located beneath a staircase that is decked out with LED lighting and an array of mirrors.
21st Century Digital

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.


Part of a thorough build-out of an 18-by-46-foot, this cellar incorporates white oak, chevron-shaped racking, a brick ceiling and an all-glass front.
21st Century Digital

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.


A 750-bottle cellar in a New York City apartment, incorporating black stainless steel, LED lighting, metal racking and a ductless split-system cooling solution.
21st Century Digital

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.


SAVANTÉ

This cellar employs two of Savanté's distinctive shelving styles—stave oak diamonds on the bottom and horizontal sommelier racking.
Ron Ruscio

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.


REVEL

Walnut plank walls wrap the floor-to-ceiling glass and mahogany shelving of this cellar to hold its collection.
Chuck Heiney

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.


This cellar has pullout drawers allow for easy access to bottles in multiple sizes, while Revel's patented revolving towers sit against the glass entry way.
Edwin L. Bell

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.


For this 3,000-bottle cellar in Memphis, Tenn., Revel drew inspiration from historic French country estates, updated with cutting-edge amenities.

Country Charm: For this 3,000-bottle cellar in Memphis, Tenn., Revel drew inspiration from historic French country estates, updated with cutting-edge amenities.

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