Stonecutter Spirits

Project Type:

Commercial interior fit-up; bar, tasting room and custom furniture.

We were tasked to build a bar and tasting room for a new spirits company in Middlebury, VT. This opportunity evolved from a bar installation to a full commercial fit-up complete with a social tasting room. We implemented a modern, funky design paired with natural and reclaimed materials to match the character of the product and the brand.

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The bar

It was important to design a welcoming, communal bar that made it easy for one bartender to serve a big crowd. The wall behind the bar is a window into the barrel aging room, so we kept that as a visual focus. The result is a dramatic, serpent-like bar that makes it easy for customer interaction and draws visitors to the window.

Charred oak

The bar was built almost entirely of bent plywood due to its odd shape. Wrapped in vertical slats of charred Oak, it referenced the fact that their Gin is aged in bourbon barrels. The bar top is hand-hammered and acid-etched zinc. Zinc, described as a living alloy, changes color as it ages, so the top today looks totally different than the day we installed it.

A place to sit

These custom seating booths are made entirely of reclaimed pallet wood. They rest on iron casters, allowing customers or employees to modify the space by moving them to suit their needs. Designing an environment can also be about allowing people to have some choice in choreographing parts of their own experience.

Seating booths made with reclaimed pallet wood on rollers, can be placed anywhere in the tasting room. Created by Imhotep, a Vermont design build firm.

Bring on the games

The custom shuffleboard table has a reclaimed Fir and steel base with a Maple and Walnut inlayed playing surface. We had fun playing with different materials to create this unique interactive element!

What a fantastic Design + Build group to work with! The whole team at Imhotep is talented, responsive, and inspired… they’ve always impressed with both quality and timing. We continue to bring additional ideas to Imhotep because we always know they’ll hit them out of the park.

– Sas Stewart, Co-Founder, Stonecutter Spirits

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