We’re proud to give a shout out to all the Cellar Maison team members to acknowledge and appreciate all they bring to the company, but also celebrate their diverse and fascinating lives outside work.

Next in this series, we introduce Simon Coombs, Cellar Maison’s Client Consultant.

Our client facing consultant, Simon, has over 12 years experience working with clients to deliver exceptional projects particularly in the luxury goods sector.

Simon understands the importance of listening to, understanding and interpreting the needs of our clients and ensuring that their vision is translated into a brief for our creative and production teams to deliver installations that will not only meet but exceed their expectations.

He has recently completed his WSET Level 2 award in wine and spirits.

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Expanding his knowledge of wine has become a true passion for Simon. He loves sampling different grape varietals and developing his palate – a very enjoyable thing to research! With his  WSET Level 2 under his belt, there’s never a lack of excuse to share a bottle or two with friends and family.
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As a father of two small children Simon doesn’t have a huge amount of spare time but when he gets the chance he loves to get out and play hockey. He also spends his Sundays, shouting on the field coaching the local U8’s rugby team, which he likens to trying to herd a swarm of flies into a plastic cup.
Simon’s perfect day sporting day out would be watching England beat their opponents at Twickenham.
When he does get some “quiet time” he loves reading books and is particularly interested in military history and polar exploration, Winston Churchill and Ernest Shackleton being his heroes.
Simon has a passion for watches and loves wandering around antique shops looking for interesting pieces. His ultimate watch would be a Patek Philippe world time reference 1415 with enamel dial.

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It’s great to have Simon on board. The fact that he “walks the talk” as a wine-loving, family person, means he can relate extremely well to our clients and our collaborating partners in the world of wine and design.
Please do get in touch  about any wine cellar inquiry, either commercial or residential.
You’ll be guaranteed of a friendly reception!

Next in our Celebrating Talent at Cellar Maison series, we’re pleased to introduce Samuel Deacon.

Samuel Deacon is one of our Cellar Maison concept designers. With his flair for style, he is a great fit in the Cellar Maison team. Sam brings his keen eye and attention to detail to all he does. Aside from that, he’s got a great sense of humour and is a lot of fun to have around!

Samuel Deacon – With a passion for interior design and the creation of high quality drawings and visuals, Sam has joined Cellar Maison as one of our new CAD Concept designers.

Since graduating from university with a degree in Interior Architecture, Sam has worked in the luxury furniture sales sector, designing and presenting interior schemes for high end residential and commercial projects.

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Samuel lives in West London with his partner, and when he isn’t painting, they are undertaking renovations in their home, trying new restaurants and figuring out where to travel to next. Samuel enjoys visiting art galleries and design shows in his spare time, keeping up to date with the latest trends and taking inspiration from his new home in London.

Alongside his passion for interiors, Sam is a painter in his own right, who creates large scale abstract works inspired by colour and texture. He uses his eye for balance and well considered composition in his design.

Since moving to London a little under two years ago, Samuel has exhibited his abstract pieces in many galleries including the A&D Gallery, Studio Spaces E1, Oxford House and Cass Art Edinburgh – We’ll update on the next show so you can get along there.  Someone to keep an eye on in the art world!

Check Sam’s website here: www.samueldeacon.co.uk 

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What a satisfying feeling to see your beautiful bottles all unpacked into your brand new, bespoke Cellar Maison Wine Cellar, Wine Wall or Wine Pod!

To make it even better, we can now arrange for the lovely Marina Gayan, Master of Wine to unpack and arrange your wine – as our clients did in this stunning cellar.

Our collaboration with Marina Gayan, MW and Helen Nathan of Gayan and Nathan, wine advisory, education and purchasing specialists, offers an amazing chance for our clients to be able to take the advice of not only one of the world’s leading experts, (one of only a few hundred world-wide), but also to enjoy the fun and warmth that Marina and Helen bring to all their events and interactions.

Find out more at www.gayanandnathan.com  We’ll also keep you posted for details of Cellar Maison and Gayan & Nathan events – Click here to join our seasonal newsletter of wine cellars, events, food, wine travel and more.

If you’re intrigued by the stunning cellar pictured here, keep in touch. We’re shortly sharing our a Cellar Showcase to give you all the details, materials and news of how this couple are enjoying this new feature of their home.

Click below for Gayan and Nathan’s blog about unpacking this stunning cellar.

A new year brings new styles and trends to the world of design. With the input of one of our Cellar Maison concept designers, Samuel Deacon, we highlight for you, the top trends forecast for 2017. We also look at what’s timeless, classic – and the importance of choosing what YOU like and what suits your tastes within the space of your home or business.

COLOUR

A quick browse on Pinterest or style blogs will give you a good idea on the colours trending for 2017. It can be inspirational to have a browse and see what you like. Sometimes it’s a good chance to refresh a few tired furnishings or features of your home – Or perhaps, it’s time for a bigger renovation incorporating a long wished for Wine Cellar, Wine Pod or Wine Wall?

This year we are bringing our interiors back to nature, introducing earthy tones and the incorporating blues and greens to create a harmonious and calming environment.

Pantone’s colour of the year is the aptly named ‘Greenery’ a refreshing shade of green that ‘is symbolic of new beginnings.’

This bold shade could be the much-needed breath of fresh air on your walls, or introduced into your accessories and soft furnishings for a more subtle splash of this vivid burst of green. It echoes nature in its freshness and vibe of spring time growth.

 

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In contrast, Dulux have named ‘Denim Drift’ as the colour of the year, a less daring but nonetheless a natural shade that will compliment many interior spaces.

Dulux have chosen this colour on review of current trends in architecture and fashion, selecting a cool tone that would work well in any room of the house. The bluey-grey is a great choice as its neutral undertones can be paired with many materials, enhancing their natural qualities – Think of this with beautiful natural wood, or perhaps features of copper, brass or bronze – all used in our wine rooms, along with the sleek, frameless glass of our signature cellars.

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MATERIALS 

The materials that are forecast to trend in 2017 are also themed on the concept of returning to nature. The use of cork and terracotta are predicted to make a reappearance. Both provide a warm and textured aesthetic to your interior. A functional and beautifully textured cork wall is a great backdrop for vibrant and natural plant life. When incorporated into a wine cellar, we can bring in a variety of elements that not only compliment your existing interiors, but that become a feature that people are immediately drawn to.

Pale wood combines beautifully with the frameless glass doors, brushed stainless steel surround and fresh lighting in a Contemporary Wine Wall in the lovely home of our client in Esher.

Example of 3D render by Samuel Deacon of Cellar Maison. Here texture is illustrated with the use of a range of complimentary materials.

At Cellar Maison we are passionate about creating quality, custom-made wine cellar solutions to suit your wine collection, available space, and individual style. Please do contact our design team to assist you in creating your bespoke wine cellar or for more information for professionals and commercial projects.

Wishing you a happy and vibrant 2017!

From the Cellar Maison Team

 

 

 

 

Here we bring you a Cellar Maison Showcase on a recent installation to a lovely residence in the Home Counties.
From our signature range of bespoke cellars, the style is what we call a Classic Wine Room. This means it is a walk-in space with access from the front wall of the room. In this Wine Room, instead of just a door, the viewing area of the cellar has been expanded to take up the whole width of the room. This makes it an exceptionally beautiful and significant feature of the home – With the crucial capability of storing the owners’ wine collection in absolutely optimal conditions in our specialised climate controlled environment, standard to all our Wine Cellars, Wine Walls and Pods.
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The front viewing wall of the cellar has been completed with our unique frameless glass, custom made and using antique brass for the fittings and handles, in keeping with the classic features of the home and the rest of the cellar.
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 The climate control system mentioned above, utilises cutting edge wine storage technology exclusively used by Cellar Maison in this way. Our clients’ collection of wine, including reds, whites and Champagne, is kept here in genuine cellar conditions (as opposed to wine refrigeration units which are by comparison, just for immediate cooling of white wines and Champagne before drinking.)
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Capacity of this particular Wine Room, is approximately 1200 bottles. The home owners are able to view their wine, enjoy the overall aesthetic, select bottles for drinking whilst entertaining friends.  They can  utilise the inner space fully with the built-in bar area that holds their beautiful decanters and selected glasses ready for use. There is also a useful drawer built in to keep their wine accessories and tasting notes to hand.
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Aesthetics of the space have been designed to fit the classic pleasures of a traditional wine cellar. Integrated LED lighting warmly showcases the wine and is enhanced by the clever use of an antique mirror in the rear panel, reflecting the treasures within the bar space.
Along the side of the cellar is a feature wall that has been crafted in reclaimed oak wine barrel tile cladding. The cellar itself is in dark oak hardwood, again, perfectly in keeping with a traditional cellar – but with the great advantage of modern, safe wine storage technology.
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A final touch to this lovely space, is the traditional library style ladder can run along the front of the cellar to allow access to the top levels. It is fashioned in solid oak and offers a certain charm to the experience of being in ones very own cellar.
For more information about this cellar, or to discuss a space of your own – whether residential or commercial, please contact us here. We are more than happy to talk about the options and also work closely with designers, property developers and architects as well as independently with our clients.
Thank you,
“Once an elite luxury, having a wine cellar in your home is no longer out of reach and indeed, is now widely considered an essential part of a well appointed home – Just as attention is put on a high-end kitchens and dedicated entertaining spaces.”
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The King’s Library – A magnificent building with a fascinating history is now transformed into residential apartments with the finest in luxury design features.

Cellar Maison were engaged by Tenhurst to design and install a limited edition custom-made Wine Carousel as a fully functional, stunning feature wall in the entrance to the prestigious apartments situated in the former school within the King’s Library.

Each of the three metre high carousels have been made with a precision engineered chain and cog mechanism, which allows the bottles to rotate around the carousel by winding the handle. Every component has been individually handmade. The construction is of solid brass with a bronze patina making it delightfully solid and beautifully sturdy.

To operate, one slowly turns the handle and the wine rotates effortlessly around until coming to a stop at the bottle selected for drinking. Each bottle is securely harnessed in a sling that keeps it horizontal. Even the solid, rhythmic sound of the heavy cogs as they turn, is satisfying and evocative of another era where hand crafted artistry was the norm.

Cellar Maison Wine Carousels are a limited edition series of just 20, priced at £22k + VAT.  To inquire about securing one of the remaining carousels for your home, a client’s home or alternatively, a wine bar, restaurant or hotel, please inquire directly to us at info@cellarmaison.com.

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More about the King’s Library by Tenhurst –

“THE KING’S LIBRARY, BUILT IN 1908, WAS FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE SLOANE SCHOOL. IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED BUILDINGS DESIGNED BY ARCHITECT THOMAS J. BAILEY AND THE VERY FIRST PURPOSE-BUILT SECONDARY SCHOOL IN THE UK.

In the 1970s the building was occupied by the first adult education college in Britain, which became the Kensington & Chelsea College. The College moved into a new facility next door in 2011 and the old Sloane School fell empty. During this time the vacant classrooms were used as a setting for the award winning film The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne as scientist Stephen Hawking.

This elegant Edwardian school building on Hortensia Road is the setting for eighteen opulent Tenhurst apartments, which draw on the unique character of a dynamic and engaging building rich in space and light.

Each of the eighteen residences at The King’s Library has been carefully designed by Robin Partington & Partners Architects, drawing inspiration from the character of the architecture while also creating individually crafted residences for contemporary living.

TENHURST’S APPROACH TO THE REVIVAL OF THIS LISTED FORMER SCHOOL SEEKS TO PRESERVE KEY FEATURES AND CHARACTERISTICS WHILE INSTALLING NEW BUILD SOLUTIONS IN THE BUILDING.”


Cellar Maison are working with home owners and commercial professionals including architects, property developers and designers to plan, design and install the most exquisite Wine Cellars, Wine Walls, Wine Pods – and now the limited edition Wine Carousels. For more details, please browse our gallery, try our Online Design Planner and get in touch with our friendly, professional consultants.

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Private View is Knight Frank’s in-house glossy magazine which showcases their finest in property and high-end, luxury products. There is much to enjoy browsing, whether for inspiration now, or to add to the wish-list.

Cellar Maison is featured in the latest online edition – CLICK HERE to read the article in full.

In the below excerpt, Managing Director of Cellar Maison, Andrew Speer is interviewed:

‘Wine and food culture in Britain is rapidly evolving. Within the next decade, a climate- controlled wine-storage room or wall will be as common in a prime residence as a well-appointed kitchen or a home cinema,’ says Andrew Speer, MD of Cellar Maison, which designs bespoke wine walls, pods and cellars. Its clients typically spend from £40,000 to £250,000, ‘and may have a few thousand bottles in bond and another 500 to 2,000 at home for personal enjoyment,’ says Speer, from New Zealand’s wine-growing Marlborough region, whose collaboration with master of wine Marina Gayan includes profiling clients’ palates to help them build their fine-wine collection. ‘Many wine lovers and investors who’ve previously kept their collection in bonded storage now want a bespoke wine cellar. They’ll bring home mature, “ready-to-drink” bottles and create a unique environment there to allow them to appreciate their collection,’ says Speer.

The concept of having a wine cellar in the home is increasingly considered an essential feature, rather than an optional add on. Property developers and architects report their clients are eager to enjoy wine within their home, in a stylish setting but with the practicalities of a fully functional wine display that keeps their collection, whether large or small, in optimal condition.

Signature Wine Walls, Wine Pods and Wine Cellars from Cellar Maison can be viewed here in our gallery. For commercial and private home owner inquiries, please do get in touch with us for a free quote and discussion around your requirements.

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Cellar Maison have recently designed and installed a contemporary Wine Wall in a beautiful home in Warlingham, Surrey and we’d love to share with you here, some of its key features.

The custom made satin stainless steel bottle display ensures secure storage of every bottle wine in the 230 bottle capacity Wine Wall. Like all our signature Wine Cellars, Walls and Pods, this wall is fully climate controlled for optimal cellaring conditions with both temperature and humidity taken into consideration. The whole wall is enclosed in frame-less glass doors with integrated edge seals, unique to Cellar Maison.

An important part of this design was that the Wine Wall should compliment the room, adding a focal feature rather than overshadowing any existing element in the space. Halo LED lighting has been incorporated for a warm, ambient look and feel.

The home’s existing warm wooden floors, stone features, dramatic art work and stylish soft furnishings come together with the Wine Wall’s spray lacquered finish creating an enticing space to relax by the fire and enjoy a glass or two of wine.

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Detail of contemporary Wine Wall

Testimonial

Our client, Sarah Haswell has written a very touching testimonial, thank you Sarah.

Wallingham Wine Wall – Simply Stunning:

“Our friends are in awe of our bespoke wine wall by Cellar Maison. It is a stunning piece of art work, that is ever changing with the wine. It has given the one room in our house that was not being used, an amazing Wow factor, which we now just love to be in. Cellar Maison, were wonderful from start to finish. They spent time over the design, making sure it was perfect for the room, with the right lighting and cooling system for the space. The installation was perfection. Cellar Maison thought of everything. It has been a pleasure to meet Andrew & Nick and their team and we highly recommend them.”

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For any questions or inquiries about wine cellars for private homes, bars, restaurants or hotels, we encourage you to either send us an email or give us a call. Our consultants are friendly and on hand to answer your questions – The Online Design Planner is also fun to have a play with when you’re looking at ideas that may work for you – then we can bring these ideas to life!

Thank you,

Cellar Maison Team

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Welcome to our Cellar Showcase posts where we bring you a quick look at our latest Wine Cellar, Wine Wall and Wine Pod installations. 

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This sophisticated Wine Wall features our new sliding frameless glass doors which are both space efficient and stylish for living rooms or commercial bars.

Our Wandsworth Common client selected a wenge stained oak hardwood. The dark oak and down lighting, combines perfectly with the glass doors to display their wine collection.

With capacity custom made for bottles, as well as shelf space built in for display of wooden cases or extra wine accessories, there is a beautiful aesthetic as well as practicality.

The Wine Wall is fully climate controlled with a specialised cooling system to ensure the storage of the collection in optimal conditions, no matter what the room temperature is.

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Cellar Maison work with home owners, property developers and interior architects for both residential and commercial projects including wine bars, restaurants and hotels.

For details – please contact us at +44 (0)20 8242 4367 or info@cellarmaison.com

 

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Christie’s, the well known and highly esteemed art auction house, have a stylish cousin: Christie’s International Real Estate and their Luxury Defined website is full of the very best in architecture, art, bespoke living, food, wine and travel, interiors and design – All our favourite topics beautifully explored in articles for the discerning reader.

Their latest feature, How to Build the Perfect Wine Cellar has a detailed interview with Andrew Speer, our Cellar Maison director. The appeal of a home wine cellar is well recognised by private home owners as well as high end property developers we work alongside. The considerations to take into account when choosing the right cellar design, configuration and materials are key to the final outcome.

The full article is in the link above. Here is an excerpt:

We all dream of owning a fine collection of wines, with the perfect bottle for every occasion. And while, of course, assembling a “cellar” that’s the envy of all your friends will take years, there is no time like the present to start building the actual cellar in which you will keep it.

As with all aspects of home-building and interior design, trends for how and where to keep your beloved bottles have evolved over recent years. Traditionally, walk-in wine cellars were subterranean rooms, thanks to their ambient ground temperature, lack of natural light, and higher than normal humidity. While these remain in vogue, modern technology and clever design (as well as better building techniques) mean that a wine cellar, room, “pod”, or even a wall, can be installed anywhere there is space.

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Cellar Maison’s bespoke wine rooms showcase clients’ collections, while keeping the bottles in optimum conditions.

Here is all you need to know about creating a home for your sure-to-be-legendary wine collection

Wine Rooms
As the name indicates, these are self-contained spaces, often existing “spare” rooms, fitted out with the technology to keep wines in optimum conditions. “Generally, an enclosed room without natural light is the most cost-effective to prepare, especially for larger collections,” says Andrew Speer, director of Cellar Maison, which creates bespoke wine rooms of all shapes and sizes. A consultation with Andrew begins with a discussion about a collection: ideal capacity, and storage needs (wines for entertaining, the laying down of fine wines, investment wines, and so on).

“Next, we look at the property layout and intended area where the wine room is to be positioned, to determine the preparation work required, such as any structural modification, insulation, or electrical wiring, and we advise on the most suitable climate-control system,” says Speer, who often works alongside a building contractor for this prep work. Then comes the fun bit, as Speer asks about design and style preferences – Cellar Maison’s site has a great planning tool that lets clients see all available options. After this, Speer and his team put forward their proposed designs for approval. 

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Cellar Maison wine cellars are stylish and sophisticated and can be customized with your choice of materials and lighting.

Rebecca Wakefield, creative director at London-based property development company Banda comments: “Our clients now see a well-designed wine store as a crucial addition to their home, yet not all have the capacity for a cellar. With modern technology and creative thinking, homeowners can create storage within their existing space, be it hidden behind bookshelves or underground within vaults, ensuring that the wine room is not only stunning but in keeping with the rest of the property.”

Rebecca and her team recently installed a wine room hidden behind a bookcase in a large London private residence. The stunning room of around 43 square feet can store hundreds of bottles of wine in four fridges, and has a sink and plenty of space for glassware and equipment.

“Our clients often tell us that the wine cellar becomes the focal point during parties, and as such, a popular trend is building them larger, often with a table in the middle for tastings or dinner, or using barrels to create a standing area,” says Billy Heyman, managing director of renovations firm BTL Property, which has built many bespoke cellars. “It is also becoming more and more popular to fit sinks within the cellar for glass washing. In some cases, we’ve also seen homeowners link the cellar to a property’s AV system for mood lighting and music.”

Wine Walls and Pods
Ideal for smaller properties and pieds-à-terre, the wine wall offers all the benefits of a cellar or room but without the need for so much space. “Wine walls are proving to be one of our most popular installations,” notes Cellar Maison’s Speer. “Over the past 18 months, wine wall orders have overtaken our wine cellars and rooms. Our wine walls can be four feet in width and up to 20 feet high, and capacity can vary from 150 to 1,000 bottles or more depending on the space available, as well as the bottle arrangement.”

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Wine walls, like this one designed by Cellar Maison for a five-star London hotel, store bottles behind framed or frameless glass with climate control, and feature LED back-lighting that can be color-coordinated to suit the look of a home.

Too many bottles for a wall but not enough space for a cellar? Then consider a wine “pod”. These enclosed spaces are climate-controlled as per a room or cellar, and usually enclosed in glass. They are often incorporated into kitchens or dining spaces.

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Cellar Maison specialises in wine pods that are built into the corner of a room, either with a curved or square glass corner. Pods allow collections to be viewed by owners and guests, while keeping bottles stored at optimum temperature and humidity.

Cellar Maison wish to offer our thanks to Christie’s International Real Estate Magazine and Commissioning Editor, Steven Short.

For Cellar Maison inquiries, please contact us on +44 (0)20 3633 3286 or
info@cellarmaison.com