It is not only the wood craftsmen who bestow each wine cellar with a spirit of its own, but also artists processing glass like lacework, breathing life into cold metal, embellishing lives with handmade ceramic panels and floor ceramics. FWC is thankful to all its associate artists for their contributions.
Passionate and intelligent design, a production process that involves intensive craftsmanship at every stage, true excitement for the job, and seven months of hard work have created another one of FWC’s masterpieces. It all began with a meeting with the client who was determined and specific about what he wanted and also communicated this very clearly.
Our client’s expressed appreciation of the finished wine cellar is the true evidence that all his wishes and desires regarding the wine cellar have been fulfilled. Access to this underground wine cellar is through a tunnel from the living room of the Bosphorus seaway mansion. At the very entrance of the wine cellar, the words about wine by Ernest Hemingway are written on the floor with black marble letters embedded in white marble. The U-shaped wine cellar where 2,000 bottles of rare and fine wine rest, is situated around the domed tasting area.
All lighting, air conditioning and music systems are controlled through a tablet computer where also the wine management system is installed. In this state- of-the-art wine cellar, FWC is able to monitor and adjust the settings of these systems remotely. This cellar is a magnificent blend of sophisticated design, finest hand crafts, materials and high-tech installations.
As one of the world’s most important wine consuming countries, Hong Kong is home to many enthusiastic wine consumers and collectors, many of which are aware of the significance of owning an artfully designed and built wine cellar for enjoying their wine alone, or with company, in the privacy of their own homes. The owner of this cellar is definitely one of those wine enthusiasts for he did not only allocate two whole rooms of his luxury apartment on well-known HoManTin Hill, but also put effort into furnishing them with the best equipment and materials for a fulfilling result. This is where Focus Wine Cellars came into the picture as one of world’s leading wine cellar specialist and transformed these two rooms into a stunning wine cellar surely to be shared and cherished for years to come.
Inspired by these two rooms, the cellar is organised as a narrative of spaces flowing one into the other, rather than a singular and centric cellar. From the entrance door to the wine safe at the end, the visitors are led and amazed at every step by intricate details, such as the polished natural tree trunk, custom woven drapery with grape figures, antique copper countertop, hand- forged iron and sliding doors just to name a few.
Another one of the criteria shaping this wine cellar and its display variety was the wine consuming habits of the owner. Since he was keen to purchase and display Magnum and Double Magnum bottles intensively, the regular individual display units needed to be varied by flexible full display units. The top item designed and built for this purpose is the soft white leather display which allows full display of 35 Magnum bottles at eye level. Crowning this, is the flashy CNC-cut glass displays backed by adjustable LED lights. Furthermore, all drawers are equipped with adjustable rod shelving that can be easily adjusted to accommodate different sizes of bottles.
One of the largest and most prestigious wine cellars by FWC is the wine cellar built for the residence of a Head of State in Asia. When a cellar needs to be an element of prestige, the amount and quality of ornaments involved becomes crucial. FWC collaborates in such cases with world renowned artists and craftsmen. The wine barrel head above the cascade unit, for instance, is carved and painted by an artist in California who does his work directly in the vineyards there. Some of the ornamentation is especially designed for this wine cellar by FWC, such as the bronze cast plates above the arched passages which are the only two of two made by a famed sculpturer.
The vine leaf decoration on the glazing is hand-made by a famous glass artist who uses an unequaled etching technique. These glass etchings are three-dimensional and so delicate that the glass becomes as thin as 1 mm in parts. On the entrance façade, the wine box panels are provided by an FWC business partner in Canada and arranged by FWC. The cellar door is decorated with hand carved panels with vintage themes and wrought iron door hinge and handle.
All wood carvings on the walls and ceilings are made by hand by highly skilled craftsmen. Looking at the cross vault alone, its incredible woodwork and the detail of the carvings, the refinement of the gold leaf and the etched glass luminary, is enough to judge the incredible amount of work that embellishes a Premium Class wine cellar by FWC.
One of the most beautiful wine cellars in the world hangs on a cliff facing beautiful views of the Bosphorus seaway in Istanbul. With the brilliant intervention of FWC, solid rocks are transformed into an extraordinary wine cellar which becomes the backdrop of an accordingly decorated private dining room.
The walk-in private wine cellar area is built as an annex to a large Bosphorus mansion. Every element of the interior is integrally purchased, designed and produced to host a genuine dining experience. The wine cellar counter top is made of hand-made hexagonal larch blocks in perfect harmony with the sideboard and the dining table. The sideboard is accompanied by two antique chairs and a tapestry depicting medieval wine production in its various stages. All luminaries are specially designed and wrought by hand for this interior.