Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Donald M. Rattner.
What better inspiration for a wine rack than a bunch of grapes? Grape is a modular wine rack that can be mounted on a wall, placed on a table top or sat on a floor. Interlock multiple units for a growing wine collection in all sorts of appealing configurations.
The rack is made of expanded polypropylene, a 100 percent non-toxic, recyclable closed cell foam. Because it’s both light weight and strong, the material is used as a packing material for high-end electronic goods which need maximum protection with minimal added weight during shipping. Reducing shipping weight has the added benefit of lowering the carbon footprint, adding to its environmentally friendly qualifications.
One unit holds 12 bottles and measures 23 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 7. Grape is sized to accommodate Champagne-sized bottles too.
Robert Bronwasser designed Grape in 2007. Son of an architect, Brownwasser is the principal of Smool, an award-winning and widely exhibited design firm based in Amsterdam.
There is a lot to love about this wine rack, created by New York based designer Edward Kilduff of Pollen Design. Aptly called Houdini, the piece disappears into a thin wire mesh when folded. And thanks to its modular construction the rack can easily expand to accomodate 12, 24, or 48 bottles of wine. The assembly is a snap, quite literally. I like how minimal and unobtrusive this product is. You can easily add it to your existing storage, put it in your pantry (if you’re lucky to have one) or even your fridge. One unit unfolds to reveal a four-bottle wine rack. The piece is made of high-tensile strength coated wire. Available for purchase here.
Philadelphia based industrial designer John Paulick had a great idea. He created a system of modular wine racks, inspired by beehives, capable to accomodate a wine collection of any size and fit in any space. The product, called WineHive, is lite, sturdy, fully collapsible and ships flat. You can start with the wine rack of any size. And when you are ready to add to your honeycomb-looking structure – you simply slide panels into each other and voilà. No tools, no sweat, no manuals to read. The WineHive rack system is currently displayed on Kickstarter, and for the next 13 days you can pledge to get your set.
This cool modular wine rack, called Woo Wine, was initially created by the Warsaw-based designer Sandra Laskowska as a birthday gift for a wine-lover friend. Built from individual wooden or plexiglas hoops, these racks can take as much or as little space as you wish. They can take different shapes too. The hoops can be painted in different colors, which makes them even more customizable. And if you simply run out of bottles to hive (in an infinite Universe anything can happen), the Woo Wine maze can be taken apart and stored flat. Brilliant!
Modern Cellar company is known for its massive projects like custom built wine cellars and specialized wine furniture. The object in question – Insta wine rack – is a byproduct of the main line of merchandise. The ‘off-cuts’ that would otherwise end up in the dumpster are salvaged, redesigned, hand polished and given a new purpose. And there you have it – a modern wine rack and a glass holder in one, elegant and functional. Made out of waste and wastes nothing.