Newton Vineyards

'Re-Inspired Elements' was designed for Newton Vineyards in California. Newton asked Claire to design a wine related object that reflected their ethos, approach to winemaking and their beautiful vineyards in Napa Valley, CA. Therefore this piece was purely inspired by these things.

Claire felt a real resonance between their thinking and her approach to design. She really admired Newton and their respect for the land that their grapes grow on. For example only 20% of their land is used to produce wine, leaving the original trees and rugged shrubbery in the remaining space.

Blocks of vines wrap themselves around the mountainside. This very calculated process somehow integrates amazingly into its wild surrounding - Balance between man and nature, both working happily with one another.

Their commitment to producing fantastic wines also means not always doing things easily. For example growing right up on the mountainside where it is so hard to harvest. Each 112 blocks of vineyard is treated completely differently - picking them 3 or 4 times, making sure each grape is ripe and ready.

Claire has the same feeling about using reclaimed materials even though it adds a lot of time to the making process, as it produces a newly designed object with a certain depth or history, making it worth spending hours pulling nails out of wood and scraping off old paint.

With 5 of these pieces having been made you'll find 3 in the USA, one in Asia and another in Stroud.

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