Commercial interior fit-up; wine shop and artisanal market
Dedalus Wine Shop and Market is located in the arts district of Burlington, VT and is a full service shop, deli and artisanal market. This project required us to transform an early 1800’s factory building into a sophisticated, multi-use environment, in which patrons would be able to purchase wine, grab a bite to eat, and shop for specialty aged meats and cheeses. The old factory setting presented many challenges, putting our creative problem solving skills to the test.
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Working with the owner of Dedalus and a renowned artisan food manager to create the deli was an awesome (and delicious) education on fine cheeses and cured meats. This was our first foray into designing & building this very specific type of food display and getting to bring a true experts vision to life was a challenging and rewarding experience.
Custom Wine Storage
The most critical, and perhaps the most challenging aspect of the job was designing beautiful, yet functional, ways to display and sell wine. With all the character that came from an old factory setting, many challenges were also introduced. We needed to accommodate an uneven floor, crooked brick walls and 100 year old support posts that awkwardly divided the space. The display tables that we designed are built with adjustable rolling feet so that they can be leveled wherever they sit in the space.
One of a Kind Tables
The top is comprised of eight individual boxes, that can be divided in half to create sixteen compartments, to house the numerous types of wine that are sold. Instead of stacking boxes underneath the table as backup, we designed the bases to hold bottles in a creative way, while being more aesthetically pleasing than boxes.
Our design for the space embodied Dedalus’ brand vision by combining the beauty of the historic setting, with the stripping back of only what was necessary to preserve the patina and authenticity of its age, and then carefully introducing modern and luxurious elements to juxtapose the warehouse feel. The pairing of old and new, classic and elegant, encapsulates the experience of fine wine. These shelves, with custom steel wine bottle hangers, are a perfect example of this juxtaposition when set against the brick wall behind them.
The Checkout Counter
Due to its highly trafficked location, and the gorgeous brick backdrop, the checkout counter became a natural focal point of the space. After many hours of designing and redesigning and redesigning, we finally landed on a vision that we felt did justice to this area. The intersection of the charred Butternut accent and random cut Carrera marble popped beautifully against the Baltic birch tops. The look was completed by the addition of the riddlers rack style wine holders flanking the office door.
Originally designed predominately as a wine shop, the space began to take shape and there was a strong push towards bringing in a larger food component. The addition of a few extra tables and this massive hutch, looped an array of high end dry goods in a beautiful and cohesive way.