Constantia | Wine Bar | 2018 - CCMI





A large collection may need to be both stored and displayed simultaneously, and creative cabinetry design can certainly solve the form versus function debate.  Lighting within cabinets, combined with transparent cabinet fronts, allows the contents to be visibly displayed where they are stored.


What could be better than sitting around a table with friends and enjoying a glass of fine wine in your own private bar? A solid oak table stands at the centre of the room – showcasing blackened steel banding secured along the edges with antiqued-brass studs.

A steel-clad fireplace and TV unit is at the centre of one wall with cabinets to either side. The satin-finished black cabinets feature antiqued brass handles, hammerite finished steel mesh panels, glass shelving and mirrored backings, with interior downlighting to illuminate the cabinet contents. The opposite wall has a serving area fitted with a Scotsman ice machine, Snomaster beverage coolers and a full height Snomaster wine cooler, neatly finished off with a Vanilla Noir Caesarstone countertop. The display shelf above is fitted with LED lighting to accentuate the Caesarstone and smoky grey splashback.

The adjoining cellar provides sufficient storage for a collection of fine wines, all neatly put together using Egger Feelwood to create warmth.

Purpose built is the phrase to define the shelving in this cellar, yet there are a variety of shelf styles used.  The main purpose is of course to preserve the contents of the bottles, and the secondary purpose is to display the bottles in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Bottles can be stored upright, slanted, and horizontally.

The cellar is of course a climate controlled environment, ensuring that the wines are stored at an optimal temperature.  


Strip lighting installed beneath the slanted shelves illuminates the contents of the counter level shelf beneath.  A reflective black glass installed above the slanted shelf subtly reflects the bottles displayed below.

Criss-cross shelving provides ample storage for wines stored horizontally in batches.  Individual wines are stored in pigeon holes for easy identification and access without disturbing other bottles in the cellar.

The serving area features a Ceasarstone countertop with an underslung sink and black mixer.  The space beneath the counter has a bin system concealed in a drawer, an icemachine and two drink coolers installed side by side. 

A floating shelf above provides space to store additional bar accoutrements.  Seamless stip lights are installed beneath the floating shelf providing light to the worksurface below.

Mild-steel cladding has been used to frame the TV and fireplace at the centre of the wall. The patina of the steel has and will continue to change over time adding charcter to the space.

The solid oak table at the centre of the room brings a tactile appeal to the space with its warmth and natural grain.  The entire space is a visual and tactile experience with an array of textures and tones that range from industrial to lustrous satin finishes.


Getting to know our clients is very important to us.  Knowing how each individual lives and works in a space helps us to create spaces that are uniquely suited to each client’s lifestyle.  We do our utmost to ensure that every space is built for convenience and ease of flow.