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Monday, July 7, 2014

Uncorked: Wine Cellar Style


A few months back while roaming the grounds of the 50th annual Pasadena Designer Showcase House of the Arts, I wandered down a tree-lined path and over a small footbridge (because all self-respecting estates have footbridges) and found myself at the entrance to a historic stone outbuilding once referred to as the Spring House -due to the artesian spring that exists beneath the structure and keeps it cool. The little cottage predates the current estate and was built in the 1800's by dairy farmers Edwin and Abigail Baker. At that time, the structure was called the "Stone and Milk House" because that was where the Baker's kept the milk cool. No small feat in the sweltering heat of a Pasadena summer.

 Today, thanks to Steven Sandalis and Shannon Ggem of Mystic Water Gardens, the structure is once again being used as a cooling room --this time as a wine cellar. Because next to footbridges, babbling brooks and winding paths for contemplation (also reimagined by Sandalis and Ggem) --everyone knows you've gotta have a wine cellar. This one makes me think of a tree-house, of sorts --for adults! 
Password: Corkscrew!

Sandalis also used the existing spring to irrigate surrounding gardens and fill a natural pool beside the structure.
 
 Several pieces of outdoor furniture surrounding the Creekside Spring House retreat were designed by Zin Chair and made out of repurposed wine barrels! Love!
 You can see the metal band and wooden slats reworked into the Zin Bar Stool (shown here).
The hole in the barrel has been incorporated into the design of the Zin Beach Chair (below).
They were the perfect touch!




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