Good wine or good vibes? Both actually. Whether you are a hipster, chic dandy, Goth or a hippie, everybody now feels the need to revert to core values. The ubiquitous green and white of a decade ago are out. The prevailing pessimism has made black a key colour in our homes and yet the need to be with others has never been so strong. The industrial bistro style is now mirrored in our kitchens, but family and friends savour heirloom vegetables, drink good wine and take cookery and even wine tasting lessons around the central island.
“The rule book has been torn up when it comes to fashion, cookery and interior decorating... It’s now a mixture of everything”, recounts interior designer Valérie Fenet, who specialises in kitchens and life coaching. “Nowadays, restaurants look like homes and vice versa.” Similarly, wine is no longer a rarity hidden three feet underground and then taken out to impress guests. Drinking good wine in small or large groups, at any time of the day, is now a modern, democratic gesture of community spirit. Bottles therefore are on display, for all to see.
Wine cabinets equipped with ingenious systems for storing great vintages in perfect conditions have made their way into the visible parts of our home. “Our wine cabinet will be fitted into a wall in the kitchen so that it can be seen from the lounge”, says Julie who is having a house built near Lyon, France, with her husband. “Our kitchen will be designed like an industrial bistro where the wine cabinet will have its rightful place. We have started cellaring some top quality wines. From a practical perspective, it will connect the kitchen, lounge and dining room.” Julie belongs to a generation of thirty somethings who are reinventing the home as a foil to the mayhem outdoors. Could wine cabinets in living areas be a new generational phenomenon?
Inspiration - M size, Stainless steel glass door
photo Studio Guy Renaux