Dedalus Wine Bar

Project Type:

Commercial interior design; wine bar, restaurant

Dedalus started out as a small backroom wine shop and has grown into one of the best indie wine shops in the country. As they wished to preserve their brand authenticity with their growth, we also sought to preserve the authenticity of the early 1800’s factory building that we transformed into their full service wine bar and restaurant. The result is a sophisticated, environment where patrons can easily transition between indulging at the bar and shopping for specialty products next door.

SELECT PROjeCT FEATURES

Varied Materials

We used an array of materials for the modern elements that we added to the original interior. The white concrete of the bar top that we poured is complemented nicely by the handmade Moroccan cement tiles that adorn the bar front. Similarly, the rich color of the local butternut wood shelves pops against the irregular Carrera marble tiles that cover the back bar. The bistro tables and prep surfaces were built using end-grain Baltic Birch plywood, and one of our custom-built live edge slabs was used for the large communal table. Finally, custom steel and brass accents throughout the space really pull everything together.

commercial interior design for Dedalus wine bar and retail shop; custom furniture; live edge slab table by Imhotep vermont
commercial interior design for Dedalus wine bar and retail shop; custom furniture by Imhotep vermont

Private Setting

Dedalus offers their customers a range of experiences from a casual glass of wine after work to a romantic, multi-course date night.  We offered a variety of creative seating options to ensure that there is a comfortable spot for all occasions. We isolated this small nook in the corner to serve as the perfect place for a private dining experience. The vintage chandelier and the custom wine rack add character and set the space apart.

Decanting Station

This section, which became one the favorite shots in the entire space, was also one of the most challenging (and rewarding) of the entire project. We changed the finish on the massive butternut wine cabinet changed five times before we were happy with how it looked.  We also kept tweaking the custom steel wine racks until they perfectly cradled each of the dozens of different styles of wine bottles Dedalus stocks.  The easy part:  the aged beauty of the 200 year old work bench that would become the decanting station itself.

commercial interior design for Dedalus wine bar and retail shop; custom furniture by Imhotep vermont
commercial interior design for Dedalus wine bar and retail shop; custom furniture; standing bar by Imhotep vermont

Inspiration

Our design for the space embodied Dedalus’ brand vision by highlighting the natural beauty of the historic setting. We preserved the patina of the original elements, and then carefully introduced modern and luxurious pieces to juxtapose the warehouse feel. The elegant pairing of old and new, classic and modern, reflects the experience of fine wine tasting.

Inspiration came from many different sources.  For instance, the large steel factory windows that form the partition walls were inspired by the historic Marbleworks buildings in Middlebury, Vermont. There, old steel windows are set into the original marble foundation to create an elegant look that we sought to recreate.

Small Details

One of the things we are the most proud of in all of our projects is our attention to the smallest details.  We feel that these subtle touches come together to create the soul of the spaces we design.

commercial interior design for Dedalus wine bar and retail shop; custom furniture; live edge slab table by Imhotep vermont

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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