Reach-in wine closet fills hard to use space
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Robert Bass, Kessick Wine Storage Systems, is a 2024 Top Shelf Design Awards finalist.

Wine Cellar

Project title:
Wine Wall with a Surprise

Project Description:
You know that hard to use space under the curved stairs to the lower level of the house? That has been transformed into a beautiful wine wall with a few secrets. This reach-in wine closet is one of the favorite entertainment spaces in the home. Behind the left frameless glass door are tastefully stored, label forward wine on Wine As Art hardware mounted to EcoDomo recycled leather panels. This space is climate-controlled and incorporates LED display lighting. The center cabinet stores and displays craft spirits with style and incorporates a glassware shelf and a cigar drawer. The push-to-open doors on the base cabinet store additional bottles. The right side looks like it mirrors the left, but no, it swings in on a hidden door to reveal the space under the stairs. This is not climate-controlled but provides an abundant amount of secret storage capacity.

Project Construction:
This design had to be approached as three completely different engineered components. One was a climate-controlled space, including a refrigeration unit installed by a technician. The center was traditional casework with a leather back panel, and the right had a full-access inswing hidden door with magnetic locks. All had extensive LED lighting and had to be blended into a cohesive project.

Materials Used:
Kessick's Wine As Art™ hardware was displayed on EcoDomo Silver Metallic Buffalo recycled leather panels. The lighting was Hafele Loox LED lighting and controls. Estate Series wine cabinetry was incorporated in white oak with double espresso stain and contrasting leather back panel.

Equipment Used:
Kessick's shop has Biesse Rover S and Homag CentraTeq S-300 CNC machines for panel processing and EdgeTeq D-500 and V-200 for boring. Homag SandTeq W-200 is used for sanding, and a Makor K-Two automated finishing system seals and topcoats the white oak wood in this job. Software used was SketchUp, Enroute, and Microvellum.


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Michaelle Bradford | Editor

Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Woodworking Network editor. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing, and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.