Chandon Australia

Chandon Australia

Architect
Foolscap Studio
Location
Yarra Valley, Australia | View Map
Project Year
2017
Category
Bars
Stories By
Foolscap Studio

Banker Wire
Tom Blachford
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Wire MeshBanker Wire
Custom metalworkFormanova Metals
Spotted gum timber flooringGeorge Fethers & Co.
Architectural lightingLight Project
Printed textiles by Indigenous artistsNorth Fabrics
Specialty paint finishesPorter’s

Product Spec Sheet
Custom metalwork
Spotted gum timber flooring
Architectural lighting
Printed textiles by Indigenous artists
Specialty paint finishes

Chandon Australia

Foolscap Studio as Architects

A dynamic retail experience, Domaine Chandon restaurant merges traditional French winery concepts with the new world wine culture of Australia. The comprehensive design by Foolscap Studio was influenced by the dramatic luxury of Louis Vuitton stores as well the process of alchemy, being the transmutation of ordinary materials into gold. The designers undertook an intensive process of testing various metalwork techniques to develop custom metal finishes. Colours used reflect seasonal tonal shifts in the landscape, with dusty pinks and green velvet, natural bronze-tone hues, aged leather and printed textiles. Brass light fittings meanwhile recall a Parisian bistro aesthetic.

 

One a disjointed, chaotic space, the new spatial concept was also key component of the design. Within the existing voluminous architecture with barrel-vaulted ceilings, a new layout encourages visitors to linger within a diversified space that includes intimate tasting rooms, airy lounges and a terrace extended to maximize vineyard views. 


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Iconic method traditionelle producer Chandon Australia was due a cellar door rejuvenation that matched the caliber of its offering and heritage. Conceptually marrying the winery's French origins with its new-world locale, we created a new brand-immersion across retail, bar, tasting and dining.

 

Our brief was to overhaul the site with a tight focus on customer brand experience. However, the budget demanded that the voluminous architecture with barrel-vaulted ceilings be retained, requiring subtle management of acoustics and considered demarcation of zones. The original layout of the site was disjointed, resulting in a chaotic atmosphere. This meant that on busy weekends, visitors were typically staying for just a quick, half-hour tasting stop before moving swiftly onto the next winery.

 

To encourage customers to linger, we separated and diversified the bar experience into two distinct functions. Our concept ‘compression/release’ is revealed in the adjacency of the intimate tasting room and the airy lounge bar. Mezzanine offices were repurposed into private tasting rooms to host larger groups, while the terrace was extended to maximise the magnificent vista of the vineyards beyond. These spatial reconfigurations were made possible through the client’s wish to reduce the footprint of the brasserie, a relatively formal space, which needed to become a more inviting and casual experience for daytime dining.

 

As product purchase is the main drawcard for visitors, retail became a critical component of the brief to resolve. We strove to integrate it into the customer experience in a fluid and holistic manner; and to advance retail design methodology, rather than keeping it the usual separate exercise. By strategically relocating this offering to a prime position between the lounge bar and brasserie, patrons are encouraged to naturally wander between the zones.

 

Acknowledging Chandon’s parent brand—LVMH—we created a unique and dynamic retail experience influenced by the dramatic luxury found in Louis Vuitton stores. Referencing alchemy (the transmutation of ordinary metals into gold), we engaged in an intensive process of testing various metalwork techniques to develop custom metal finishes. The results are reflected in the bespoke joinery we developed in close collaboration with local fibreglass and metal craftspeople: framed bubble-inspired discs for bottle display; folded and curved storage systems; and portable merchandising plinths in the form of abstracted wine corks. Exceeding key aspects of the client’s brief, the product is now showcased in a creative setting that elevates it to the highest standard.

 

Colours reflect seasonal tonal shifts in the landscape, like dusky pink and green velvet, natural bronze-toned hues, aged leather and printed textiles by Indigenous artists. In the restaurant, brass light fittings suggest a Parisian bistro aesthetic, while the use of Queensland ‘Dreamtime’ marble and native, spotted gum timber joinery and flooring throughout, anchors Chandon to its Australian setting.

 

The alchemic finale was the outcome of collaboration between metal-craftspeople and our designers – a kinetic mobile suspended over the lounge bar’s central banquette. Dynamic, buoyant and delicately weighted, this sculptural pièce de résistance projects a sparkling patina in a playful take on the unpredictable nature of bubbles.

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BANKER WIRE MESH SPARKLES IN AUSTRALIAN DOMAINE CHANDON RESTAURANT

Banker Wire as Wire Mesh

On a picturesque Australian winery in the Yarra Valley, the Domaine Chandon restaurant incorporates the aesthetic of the industrial wine making process with a refined finish in line with the decadence of the brand. To achieve this, Interior Architects for Foolscape studio selected Banker Wire mesh for its hand-woven architectural appearance that is both industrial and sophisticated. Three of Banker Wire’s woven stainless steel mesh products are used throughout the space (S-15, S-32 and S-30), installed in key visual points such as the cellar doors, along stairways as an a theatrical backdrop. The metal catches the light, reflecting it back into the space as well as adding a sense of drama, luxury and craftsmanship - all central element to the conceptual design narrative.

 

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Recently completed on a picturesque winery in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia, the new Domaine Chandon restaurant showcases an interior conceived by cross-disciplinary design practice Foolscap Studio, and utilizes three of Banker Wire’s woven stainless steel mesh products in a variety of applications throughout the space. The overall design aimed to incorporate both the aesthetics of the industrial wine-making process as well as a refined finished look that spoke to the decadence of the product being served.


“Banker Wire provided a sophisticated woven mesh solution, which is manufactured of highest quality and perceptible up close,” says Madeline Freeman, interior architect of Foolscap Studio. “We found that the quality and hand woven appearance of architectural mesh, for interior applications is not available from an Australian company. We were after a mesh that was both industrial yet refined.”


In order to achieve this harmonious balance between delicate details and hard metal, Foolscap Studio selected Banker Wire’s S-15, S-32, and S-30 products for their variety in size and weave, and played with a layered, considered application, installing them in key visual points of the cellar door. The large S-15 mesh was utilized along the stairway surround for depth and visual intrigue; the slightly tighter S-30 mesh was specified for the tasting room’s bi-fold doors for a semi-private feel; while the tightest weave, S-32, was used in the cabinet doors behind the bar that reveal the enticing silhouettes of Domaine Chandon bottles just beyond the guests’ reach.


“The three-dimensionality of the woven metal mesh catches the light, throwing it back into the space, and enhancing the sense of drama, luxury and bespoke craftsmanship, themes key to the conceptual narrative. Each of the three products are strategically placed. Creating a theatrical backdrop either for the product, or for guests as they enter and navigate the cellar door with Chandon champagne in hand.” adds Freeman.

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