Located on the lower ground floor of this modern architectural home, is this contemporary take on an old French wine cellar. During the initial build, when all designs had already been signed off, the client flew into town one day, excited about a weekend dinner she and her husband had had in the cellar of a 16th Century French chateau. Her brief to us was to translate the feeling and ambience they had experienced into this contemporary idiom. After some, top London Interior Design StudioRené Dekker Design presented their ideas to the client. The essential elements would be a combination of vaulted stone ceilings and gilded oak joinery with traditional style light fittings. The joinery needed to house not only standard wine and champagne bottles but also larger ones like the Magnum, Jeroboam and even Nebuchadnezzar. To update the feel of the units, the oak was first stained really dark and then over gilded making them look at once traditional yet emanating a glamorous look and feel. We included open shelving as well as closed units and drawer storage for wine accoutrements and we were privileged to work with Belgian artisan Luc Druez who supplied hand woven gold (not real) metal mesh for the cupboard doors which added a further layer to the design. Voila!