Dedalus Wine

Project Type:

Commercial interior; wine shop, artisanal market and wine bar

Dedalus is a wine shop, artisanal market and wine bar in the arts district of Burlington, VT. The scope of the project was to transform an early 1800’s factory building into a sophisticated multi-use environment in which patrons can eat and drink, as well as shop for fine wines and specialty aged meats and cheeses.


A Vintage Setting

The old factory setting presented many challenges, putting our creative problem solving skills to the test. We needed to accommodate an uneven floor, crooked brick walls and 100 year old support posts that awkwardly divided the space. We successfully designed a dynamic space in which customers flow naturally between the bar, shop, and multiple seating areas.

Custom wine racks at Dedalus Wine Shop in Burlington, VT. Created by Imhotep, a Vermont design build firm.

The Vision

Our design embodies Dedalus’ brand vision by combining the beauty of the historic space, stripping back only what was necessary to preserve the patina and authenticity of its age, and carefully introducing modern, luxurious functional elements to juxtapose the warehouse feel. The pairing of old and new, classic and elegant, encapsulates the experience of fine wine.

Varied materials

The space incorporates concrete at the bar, Baltic Birch plywood for shelving and display tables, and random cut Carrera marble at the checkout counter. Handmade Moroccan cement tile covers the front of the bar. Custom antiqued brass accents are found throughout the space. The communal tables are English Elm, and live edge display tables are Big Leaf Maple.

Dedalus wine bar and tasting room in Burlington, Vermont. Custom furniture built by Imhotep Vermont, a design build firm.


Inspiration for this large and dynamic space came from many different places. For instance, the large steel factory windows as the partition between the retail floor and the bar were inspired by historic buildings in Middlebury where old steel windows combine with an original marble foundation to create an elegant look, which we sought to recreate.

I knew I needed a builder able to balance the raw historic beauty of our space with the challenges of its old bones and a very detail-focused conception of our brand.  David, Jamie, Marcel and their team did just that…every project was executed at the highest level.  Their craftsmanship, creativity and eye for design resulted in an absolutely stunning space.

– Jason Zuliani, Co-Owner, Dedalus Wine

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