What could be more classically luxurious than selecting a beautiful bottle of Bordeaux and a cigar from your very own, bespoke home wine cellar at home?

In our latest Cellar Showcase, we present a newly created Wine Room, a basement level design that incorporates all the essential elements that our client wished for, within the relatively compact space available.  Integral to the success of this installation, were the all-important aesthetic features that so perfectly complement the art of wine and cigar collecting.

Interior detail – Note the feature bottle display and cigar humidor integrated

“The available 1.2 by 1.8 metre footprint of the finished Wine Room, meant efficient use of the space was crucial. With this room, we wanted to ensure maximum bottle capacity, without compromising the feeling of luxury and balanced proportions.”

Final capacity is a respectable 285 bottles – based on Bordeaux specifically, with an additional 10 half bottles and space for a specialised angled shelf for Champagne – Plus a vertical feature bottle, framed and back lit at the rear of the cellar.

At a lofty 3.7 metre height, the full space in the Wine Room was able to be utilised, with the help of a bespoke walnut timber and brushed stainless steel ladder to access the uppermost bottles.

External view showing the option of blue strip lighting

The walnut and and metal features are continued in the timber wall cladding within and on the door which has brushed stainless steel handle. The door itself is custom made and in specialised toughened glass, offering a stunning view through to the Wine Room from outside. The use of cantilevered, semi-transparent acrylic shelving with integrated LED strip lighting, brings luminescent brilliance to the space.  The added option of selecting striking coloured lighting, gives a contrast to the traditional wood and steel within and a contemporary feel that makes this Wine Room a primary feature of this Hamstead, London home.

“As a very special, additional feature, the custom made cigar humidor, keeps the collection of cigars in perfect condition with the help of the integrated electronic humidifier.”

Aerial view showing space maximisation in the compact Wine Room

QUICK LOOK – TOP 10 FEATURES of this CELLAR MAISON WINE ROOM:

  1. 285 bottle capacity + 10 half bottles and Champagne space within a compact footprint
  2. Specialised angle display for the Champagne bottles
  3. Feature bottle framed in vertical format
  4. Fully incorporated cigar humidor with integrated electronic humidifier
  5. Beautiful balance of classic walnut timber alongside contemporary brushed stainless steel
  6. Cantilevered semi-transparent, acrylic shelving with concealed LED strip lighting
  7. Custom made toughened glass door with lockable brushed stainless steel handle
  8. Bespoke walnut timber ladder with brushed stainless steel features, set within the timber-clad interior
  9. Set into a previously un-utilised basement space running beside the stairs in the home
  10. Cellar Maison specialist integrated climate control system for optimal wine storage conditions

From potentially “dead space” came, a high value, lifestyle enhancing piece of art in its own right. The outcome of carefully made design decisions resulted in a practical, stylish space that is a true focal point of the home and a pleasure for our client and their guests to enjoy – to walk in, select a bottle – and perhaps a cigar, if the mood strikes.

This is a new basement designed by Papa Architectshttp://papaarchitects.co.uk/ with Cellar Maison engaged to design and install the specialist Wine Room. http://cellarmaison.com

If you have any questions about this Wine Room, or any of the other styles of Cellar Maison’s signature Wine Walls, Wine Cellars and Rooms, please contact us here.

We share a passion for wine collecting and love to bring people’s ideas to life!

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Up next in our series that celebrates the talented team we have here at Cellar Maison, is Areeb Khan – One of our concept designers and a talented CAD technician.

Areeb is a great example of the our unwavering belief that good design  is not only to have the technical skills, precision and accuracy required, but also to have that ‘x factor’, the creative flair and attention to detail that brings warmth and personality into our Wine Cellar designs.

Talented beyond the day to day design work, Areeb has recently been able to celebrate another milestone:

I completed my BA Architecture degree, and our graduation ceremony was pushed back to January instead of August, so it was great to finally receive my certificate. So now I am a qualified part 1 Architect.

A bit more of Areeb’s story:

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Areeb has now been living in London for over 23 Years. He’s settled in Edgeware, North London with his partner and their son Oscar (1) – and a brand new addition to the family, their little daughter Alara, born this year.

Alongside his passion for architecture, Areeb is a keen Arsenal fan. Having been part of the QPR and Arsenal Football Academy whilst growing he always had a dream to become a footballer.

My influences in architecture and design are mostly in contemporary architecture, and I have a recently developed fascination with contemporary Japanese architecture.

I’m a fan of MAD Architects, they are new to the architecture field but they put their name out in all corners of the world with stunningly beautiful buildings. I’m in love with this space! 

I like how architectural building form (shape) has a meaning, mostly visually, and challenges doing things that have never been done before and overcoming obstacles.

I must admit, since working for Cellar Maison, I have started focusing on materials and their characteristics, such as how brass works with certain materials and how they make us feel, the luxury within the space. For a long time prior to this, I was focusing on ‘how the space makes us feel’ but now I can enhance the experience with beautiful detail and attention to the material we use.

“Technology interests me too. Quite recently I’ve become fascinated with virtual reality, AR reality and learning the related skills in my spare time. I have now developed a 360 virtual tour for Wine Rooms and Wine Cellars for Cellar Maison which we will be looking to publish on the website really soon. We will also be able to send this to potential clients so they can really feel the space beforehand in reality. We are going to turn this experience into an interactive virtual tour, via a Cellar Maison App. This is a massive step forward in the technology and experience we can offer our clients and I am so excited to be part of it!”

Watch this space! Thank you to Areeb for contributing and sharing parts of his story, interests and what is undoubtedly going to be an amazing next chapter in Cellar Maison too.

For all inquiries about both Wine Cellars, Wine Walls and Wine Pods, please contact us at info@cellarmaison.com or call our friendly designers/consultants for a chat on +44 (0)20 3633 3286.

 

 

 

 

What are the Benefits and Advantages of Having a Wine Cellar at Home?

There are the obvious ones, including the pleasure of acquiring, maintaining, displaying, and updating a collection and the enjoyment of being able to select exactly the bottle you want, at any time, from your very own home wine collection.

As well as this, installing a Wine Cellar, Wine Wall or Wine Pod, adds an entirely new dimension to your home. It is viewed in the housing design sector as a highly desirable feature.

What about some other compelling factors for when you’re weighing up whether to go for that long-dreamed-of wine cellar at home?

Here are 10 great reasons for having a wine cellar at home:

  • Collecting at home (rather than in bonded storage) allows you to have direct and personal access to your wine. You can easily organise your home collection for longer term celling and ‘drinking now’. Technology is available to assist in coordination, categorising and cataloguing. Large-scale wine investors/traders generally keep most of their wine in bonded storage, then cellar and display a selection of mature ‘ready to drink’ wine delivered to their home cellar.
  • Cellaring can bring a different dimension to local and international travel as you visit vineyards, tasting and seeking out special vintages. It facilitates interaction and specialist local knowledge when visiting new wine regions.
  • Starting your own home cellar enables you to save money by purchasing vintages in quantity when they are younger and more reasonably priced, then laying them down for future investment and drinking pleasure.
  • Having direct access to your collection and interaction as it grows and changes naturally assists to further increase your knowledge about wine. (Not a bad way to spend some time!)
  • Both temperature and humidity control, standard in all Cellar Maison installations, ensures your wine is kept in absolutely optimal condition for the short, medium and long term.
  • Experimenting with ageing your wine year by year, becomes easier to explore when you have cases of the same vintage stored in consistent conditions in your home cellar.Home entertainment takes on a whole new dimension when you can take your guests to your wine cellar to sample and select a bottle to suit your meal.
  • Cellaring at home offers you the opportunity to enjoy what is an architecturally and aesthetically pleasing balance of materials in the form of a Wine Cellar, Wine Wall or Wine Pod.
  • Home wine cellars undoubtedly add value and prestige to your property, whether an addition to an existing home, or a new build.
  • Expand your wine knowledge and social circles by taking part in fun and educational after work or weekend wine tasting evenings and wine courses such as WSET. With your new found hobby, and as your palate develops, expanding your home collection will be hard to resist.

Wine cellars, which were seen in the past as luxury items, are becoming increasingly high on the list of “must haves” in new homes and renovations. The art of collecting wine and enjoying it one’s own environment is a pleasure that is now beautifully possible.

The bespoke nature of a Cellar Maison home cellar means you can choose the specific materials that will give you a style to complement and enhance your home.  All Cellar Maison wine cellars can be above ground, making them ideal for both apartments or the ground and upper levels of a house. (Below ground is also offered.) Wine Walls offer a perfect solution for those who would like a feature wall with all the benefits of a cellar, but taking minimal space in a room.

All Wine Cellars, Wine Walls and Wine Pods by Cellar Maison come with a full warranty and an ongoing service commitment – It’s important to us for our clients to feel relaxed and happy with their cellar long term.

Would you like to find out more about your space and its potential for a Cellar Maison Wine Wall, Wine Cellar or Wine Pod? Please do get in touch here info@cellarmaison.com or call our friendly designers/consultants for a chat on +44 (0)20 3633 3286.

You can view our portfolio from here or click through to our Online Design Planner which will take you through an easy process to establish the type of cellar solution that suits you best.

As you open the door and walk into the cellar, you’re greeted by a stunning sensory symphony of wood, marble and glass.

Cellar Maison’s latest bespoke Wine Cellar in our clients’ lovely home has been made as a pure union of form and function.

 

Quick Look Top 10 Features – Cellar Profile:

  1. 1200 bottle capacity
  2.  Backlit wine wall incorporated in the rear of the cellar
  3. Grey washed oak wooden joinery
  4. Polished white marble floor
  5. 12 square metre footprint – efficient use of space
  6. Soft closing drawers for storage of wine accessories
  7. Built in wine-case storage
  8. Set up and catalogued by Master of Wine from Gayan & Nathan
  9. Custom made sealed door of thermally insulated glass
  10. Humidity, temperature and climate controlled for optimum cellar storage of a wine collection

Gleaming bottles are back-lit along the feature wall at at the rear, drawing you through and towards the mesmerising glow. The bespoke stainless steel bottle display offers minimal distraction from the bottles themselves – The ultimate stars of the show.

The floor of polished white marble, gives a sense of elegance and an almost surreal reflected light within the space.

Along either side of the room, is a beautifully crafted wine display in a more traditional look of wooden joinery. Grey washed oak has been used to add depth and a sense of solidity. This contrast in materials and texture to the floor and back wall, ensure there is a necessary sense of warmth to the room.

 

Cellar Maison – Wine Cellar perfectly tailored for our clients’ wishes

Custom made, soft-closing accessory drawers are built in; useful for tasting notes, corkscrews and other accessories essential to a comprehensive wine cellar.

Also on a soft close system, are the pull-out wine case drawers. Perfect for storage of case-by-case collections – and pleasantly functional with their smooth operating features, the ambience is maintained.

All Cellar Maison Wine Rooms, are climate – humidity and temperature controlled. This ensures optimal storage conditions for wines, including reds, whites and Champagne. The door and frame on this wine cellar has also been designed with Cellar Maison’s integrated draft seals and a thermally insulated glass panel.

The capacity of this wine room is approximately 1200 bottles – an efficient use of this space of approximately twelve square metres.

Our clients’ wine collection has been carefully organised and ordered for ease of use and criteria for their cellar. Gayan and Nathan, collaborating partners with Cellar Maison, were engaged to unpack and order the cellar. They worked in consultation with our clients to ensure the process was smooth and enjoyable – and a wonderful site to behold when Marina Gayan, Master of Wine, and Helen Nathan, revealed their fully stocked and operational cellar!

Wine advisory, buying and cellaring services are all offered by Gayan and Nathan. Please click through to their site here – don’t miss their private Palate Profiling events either!

For more information on our signature Cellar Maison Wine Walls, Wine Pods and Wine Cellars, please contact us at info@cellarmaison.com or +44 (0)20 3633 3286.

We work with home owners, architects, designers and property developers and are always happy to have a talk about your home or project.

 

 

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.

Detail from our limited edition Wine Carousel – Click for full showcase

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.

Detail from a Cellar Maison Wine Room – Click for full showcase

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.

Cellar Maison Wine Room – Texture, colour, style, space

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 

Scales – by Samuel Deacon

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

 

 

 

 

The team over at Gayan and Nathanour friendly experts in wine advisory services, palate profiling and wine collecting services, have plans afoot that we would like to share with you. Marina Gayan, Master of Wine, and Helen Nathan, published food writer, chef and champion of entertaining, already offer tailored, wine-centric events across key parts of Europe and beyond – see their Portugal trip here.

But, what about local experiences, right here in London? Solution – Helen and Marina are launching a series of unique events that focus on food and wine, with a twist of something fascinating, historically engaging, mysterious or positively molecular…. intrigued? We will keep you posted about when and where these events are – you can in keep touch with Gayan and Nathan events on their site too: www.gayanandnathan.com

Click on through to this little taster of their 14th century food research!

Gayan and Nathan Cellar Maison Medieval Feast

From medieval banquets to 21st century molecular gastronomy – Gayan and Nathan are the ones to take you on a fun and educational wine and food journey.

Cellar Maison  work closely with Gayan and Nathan and have special arrangements for our clients to enjoy exclusive offers on events and personalised wine advisory services.

Wouldn’t a private Palate Profiling within your new Cellar Maison Wine Wall, Wine Pod or Wine Cellar be something special?

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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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