Stonecutter Spirits

Project Type:

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

Inspired by stonecutters, masons, and entrepreneurs of the past, Stonecutter Spirits proudly distills their gin and whisky in Middlebury, Vermont. What started as a bar installation evolved into the opportunity to design and build a a full commercial fit-up, complete with a social tasting room. Our design pairs modern, funky touches with natural and reclaimed materials to match the character of the product and brand.

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The bar

Stonecutters wanted their bar to be the go-to gathering place for patrons to try their unique and delicious cocktails, and share their love for local spirits. 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 has a window into the barrel aging room, so we kept that as a visual focus.  The result is a dramatic, serpent-like bar that facilitates customer interaction and draws visitors in.

Zinc bar top; Commercial interior design for Stonecutter Spirits
Close up of wood panel bar; commercial interior design for Stonecutter Spirits

Charred oak

The bar was built almost entirely of bent plywood in order to create its unique shape. Wrapped in vertical slats of charred Oak, it references bourbon barrels that their gin is aged in. The bar top is made of hand-hammered, acid-etched zinc– a living alloy that changes color as it ages. The top now 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, and can be easily moved by customers or employees to modify the space and suit their needs. This makes customers part of the design process, as it allows them some choice in choreographing parts of their experience.

Seating booths made with reclaimed wood pallets; Commercial interior design for Stonecutter Spirits
Commercial interior design for Stonecutter Spirits

Bring on the games

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

Floating Book Shelf

The owners of Stonecutters wanted more than just a display wall for their products. The floating shelves have a minimalist feel, but are solid enough to hold books for customers to look through. We combined custom steel and cable wire so that when the shelves are fully stocked with books, they’re virtually invisible.

custom shelves for stonecutter spirits; commercial interior design; bookshelves

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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