The time between commissions are spent exploring different material and techniques. A great example of an experiment leading to a commission is 'Standard18'. A wonderfully fun yet elegant new wine rack.

The Standard18 is an exercise in simplicity, the real star of the show is the material, Valchromat, coloured MDF. The colour is not a surface treatment, the pigment runs through the entire board. Allowing for some interesting techniques and colour layering. Our next challenge was how many bottles should the basic wine rack hold? What feels right? How do we deal with the variety of bottle shapes? 

All these questions impact the dimensions of the wine rack, eventually creating the proportions of the overall piece.

Valchromat has a very interesting texture. It can look like stone. The mottled effect is pleasing and helps to break up the large flat sections. 

A close up corner of The Standard18 wine rack.

A close up corner of The Standard18 wine rack.

Each layer and chamfer, come together to make a statement, the simplicity of the lines are enhanced by the material, making The Standard18 anything but. 

Wonderful symmetry: a graphic line 

Wonderful symmetry: a graphic line 

The proportions, layers and chamfers are subtle and yet make such a strong statement

The proportions, layers and chamfers are subtle and yet make such a strong statement

Valchromat is available in several colour ways. The Standard18 is also available in a variety of sizes to suite any size of wine cellar. 

The Standard18

The Standard18

The Standard18 is extremely flexible and can accommodate a variety of bottle shapes and sizes.

The Standard18 is extremely flexible and can accommodate a variety of bottle shapes and sizes.

Time for a little tipple...

Time for a little tipple...

Dieter Rams: 10 Design Principles
Good design is innovative
Good design makes a product useful
Good design is aesthetic
Good design makes a product understandable
Good design is unobtrusive
Good design is honest
Good design is long-lasting
Good design is thorough down to the last detail
Good design is environmentally friendly
Good design is as little design as possible

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