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Derek Chen Debuts Pino Solo Wine Tree Made from Old Chardonnay Barrels
Designer Derek Chen has fittingly transformed a bunch of old wine barrels into a beautiful wine rack! The San Francisco-based furniture maker recently debuted the limited edition “Pino Solo” wine tree, which he created for Newton Vineyard. To form the base of each piece, Chen repurposed oak barrels previously used to make chardonnay at the winery, giving a nod to their past lives as well as Newton’s eco-friendly philosophy.
Conceptualized as part of Newton Vineyard’s annual Eco-Chic challenge to design functional and aesthetically-pleasing furnishings using reclaimed materials from the winery’s own grounds, the Pino Solo Wine Tree provides storage space for 12 bottles of wine without taking up unnecessary space. The piece is named after a 100-ft-tall pine tree on the winery’s property that inspired Chen when he first visited the vineyard. The top of the rack is made of eight vertical brushed metal rods that give a clean, contemporary feel, while the base provides a rustic counterpoint of aged oak. Only 100 of the special wine racks were created.
The Pino Solo Wine Tree is available for $299 through Newton Vineyard’s website as well as the Propeller Design Store in SF, Morlen Sinoway Atelier in Chicago, and Sherry-Lehmann in NYC. A portion of sales will benefit the Napa Resource Conservation District, which is committed to water conservation and responsible watershed management in the Napa Valley.
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