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 that put our full creative problem solving skills to the test. For example, we needed to accommodate an uneven floor, crooked brick walls and 100 year old support posts that awkwardly divided the space. We were able to successfully design 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 accomplishes Dedalus’ brand vision first by utilizing the beauty that the historic space offers, stripping back only what was necessary to preserve the patina and authenticity of its age. Next, we carefully introduced modern, luxurious functional elements to juxtapose the warehouse feel. The pairing of the old and new, classic and elegant, encapsulates the experience of fine wine.

Varied materials

A variety of materials was used in the space, including 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.

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