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The Intersection of Wine and Design: The DWR Champagne Chair Contest™

champagne_chair.jpgIt's pretty rare for the two halves of my life to intersect. As some of you know, by day I run a design agency, while by night I write this blog. There's very little overlap between the worlds of design and wine, except perhaps in the realm of wine packaging design, which is fodder for an entirely different niche blog somewhere no doubt.

Other than occasionally bragging about the design work that my firm does that is wine related, I don't find many occasions to explore these two hemispheres of my brain in a joint fashion.

But every year around Christmas the furniture company Design Within Reach holds the Champagne Chair Contest™, and I get to indulge both parts of my personality, so to speak, if only as a spectator.

The contest is remarkably simple. Entrants are merely asked to construct a miniature chair using only the materials from two champagne bottles, minus the glass, and glue. No other adhesives, paint or tape are allowed. The final chair cannot measure more than four inches in any dimension.

What people manage to produce using these simple materials are nothing short of extraordinary. Here are a coupe of links to a few images of 2007's winners and 2008's winners. Every year I'm blown away by what people come up with. The results are the most creative things I've ever seen done with wine corks.

So if you're design inclined, or simply find yourself with a little extra time, an Xacto knife, and some SuperGlue over the holidays, you should take a crack at it. Hell, at the very least it's an excuse to empty a couple more bottles of Champagne, and you can brag about how green you are, what with the fact that you're making furniture out of recycled materials.

More details including how to enter are available at the official Champagne Chair Contest™ web site. The deadline for entries is January 9th, 2009.

Comments (8)

Doug Cook wrote:
12.30.08 at 2:20 PM

It's not exactly Champagne, but I came across this the other day -- clever marketing by a company known more for the size of their bottles than for the liquid therein. However, some very cool designs:


Alder wrote:
12.30.08 at 2:30 PM

LOL. Not exactly champagne, indeed.

12.30.08 at 8:44 PM

we appreciate the link to the b.a.l.m. blog for the results to the dwr champagne cork chair contest. it seems you have a very nice blog and a good following. thanks for including us. :)

12.31.08 at 11:17 AM

I saw this on Haute Nature, I think. Clever design challenge. I have a cork from a bottle opened on November 4, 2008...

01.01.09 at 1:04 PM

I might compete I if I could down the 2 bottles of Champagne first - because that's something I wouldn't have the confidence to try sober. I raise my glass (of Champagne) to all you creative people!

Glenn wrote:
01.02.09 at 7:52 AM

That niche website about wine design, packaging, and marketing? Serious About Wine: http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/

Shannon wrote:
01.02.09 at 1:18 PM

I love to see these designs and they usually do a poster. Do you know where I can get one? Thanks!

Dylan wrote:
01.03.09 at 11:39 AM

Impressive designs from last year's winners. Really, seeing those reminds me that it's not what materials you have but what you do with them.

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