Commercial interior fit-up; bar, restaurant
Dedalus Wine Bar is located in the arts district of Burlington, VT and is a full service bar and restaurant. Similar to the Dedalus Wine Shop and Market, this project required us to transform an early 1800’s factory building into an upscale bar in which people could eat and enjoy fine wine.
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The space incorporates a huge array of different materials. The bar top was made using white concrete and handmade Moroccan cement tile adorn the front bar treatment. The back bar wall was covered with random cut Carrera marble tiles and local butternut wood was used for shelving. The bistro tables and prep surfaces were built using end grain Baltic Birch plywood and a live edge English Elm slab was used for the large communal table. Custom steel and brass accents are found throughout the space.
Dedalus offers their customers a range of experiences from a casual glass of wine after work to a romantic multi course date night. Through the use of creative seating options we were able to ensure there was a comfortable spot for all occasions. We isolated this small nook in the corner to provide the perfect spot for a private dining experience. The addition of the vintage chandelier and the custom wine rack really helped set it apart.
This view, which became one the favorite shots in the entire space, was also one of the most challenging (and rewarding) of the entire project. The finish on the massive butternut wine cabinet changed five times before we were happy with how it looked. The custom steel wine racks were tweaked countless times before they were able to perfectly suite each of the dozens of different styles of wine bottles Dedalus stocks. The only easy part: the perfectly aged beauty of the 200 year old work bench that would become the decanting station itself.
Inspiration for this large and dynamic space came from many different places. For instance, the large steel factory windows as the partition walls were inspired by the historic Marbleworks buildings in Middlebury, Vermont, where old steel windows combined with the original marble foundation to create an elegant look that we sought to recreate.
One of the things we are the most proud of in all of our projects is our refusal to overlook the small details. We feel that these, often subtle touches, come together to create the soul of the spaces we design.