For years, Patrick Wallen worked at designing displays and refrigeration techniques for commercial groceries. Over fifteen years ago, he decided to leverage his skills and flip to creating custom wine cellars. Currently being in the heart of the northern California wine nation, his business, Artistic Wine Cellars took root and has given that become a single of the most sought following designers of upscale customized wine cellars.
Patrick was so gracious to permit Decoist cost-free run of the prime of the ideal of his creations and to sit down and join us for an interview. So sit back and relax as we display you some of Artistic Wine Cellars ideal eye candy as we proceed with the interview.
Decoist: Patrick, thank you so considerably for taking time out of your active routine to meet with us. What prompted you to move from the business display layout and grocery refrigeration company to designing customized wine cellars?
Patrick Wallen: It was about 1987 and I acquired a phone from a Client who desired a climate manage program for a wine cellar and she also had no supply for a racking technique and was persistent in that request. I liked design, so we went for it and the rest is Background.
Decoist: Did a really like of wine or currently being in the heart of California wine country influence that decision?
Patrick Wallen: It was really the profitability inherent with carrying out customized wine cellars that persuaded my employers to let me run with this. The revenue margins in business refrigeration equipment was and is very lower and competitive. There were quite couple of enterprises involved in customized wine cellars and none in Marin County.
Decoist: In searching at some of your designs, we can just see the passion you have for your perform. What keeps that “fire in your belly” going?
Patrick Wallen: Wine Cellars are primarily “guy things” and I relate to their passion as Collectors who want to demonstrate off their collections. They have to have a passion and that in turn motivates me to supply everything he’s seeking for and far more. I have designed and built more than 1000 wine cellars, but each and every new venture is possibly the final I will do for that Consumer and it’s quite critical.
Decoist: It seems you use just about every single wood known to guy in your various custom wine cellars. Do you have a favorite which you like to work with?
Patrick Wallen: Organic clear heart redwood is indigenous to Northern California and is nevertheless the common wood used in my occupation simply because it is straightforward to mill, doesn’t consume up our noticed blades, it’s extremely light in weight (keeps transportation charges in check out) and seems to be amazing.
Decoist: Have you ever integrated employed wood that was from outdated wine casks?
Patrick Wallen: I have swayed away from doing work with reclaimed resources, also several hassles in manufacturing and it plays hell on our saw blades.
Decoist: In your designs it is apparent your purpose is not only to meet the customer’s desires, but to surpass their expectations. Has a customer ever offered you carte blanche in creating their wine cellar? What was that undertaking like?
Patrick Wallen: I’ve had Clients stroll through my doors that say “I have Architects, interior designers and a wife who all haggle above information that do not interest me, but the wine cellar is my room and I want it to look fantastic. A area where I can hang out with my buddies, smoke cigars and talk sports activities.”
Prior to the economic downturn, these variety of remarks had been not unusual, but that has all gone by the wayside. Now it’s “what can be done with a lower budget in mind?” We have manufactured substantial modifications in our designs to accommodate the occasions, but not as considerably enjoyable as it utilised to be.
Decoist: have to inquire this old question: Do you have a preferred layout? Why is it your favored?
Patrick Wallen: I undoubtedly do, but I have however to promote it. Briefly, it functions all individuals far more expensive amenities this kind of as a good deal of rounded corners (bent wood), archways that section off the wine cellar into various quadrants every offering one thing exciting and unexpected. I phone it “infinity” simply because the ceilings are clad in mirrors so when you look up, the cellar racking goes forever.
Decoist: We see that you can meet any wine collector’s needs from modest 200 bottle collections to innovative collections of much more than 2,000 bottles. What is the dimension of your largest design? Would you describe it for us?
Patrick Wallen: The cellar holds 20,000 bottles and had a smaller sized cellar inside of the primary cellar to holds bottles that had been at least 25 years old and older and he wanted these stored at a lower temperature so maturation was currently being held in check out. The cellar project came to me on a cold contact driving previous a task internet site in progress and I knew the venture manager who mentioned I was also late and that he thought the Consumer was going with another Company. He took me to meet the Consumer and I was proven the present design which featured 16k bottles, but he wanted a lot more storage. I went to work right away on a redesign and was ready to give him what he wished. We went with mainly double deep storage on the perimeter walls with huge peninsulas (back to back single deep racks jetting out from the perimeter walls). The project has been featured in a couple of Television displays such as “In Wine Country”.
Decoist: In your temperature managed wine cellars, have you employed any high-tech controls this kind of as remote monitoring and mobile apps?
Patrick Wallen: Most of our projects have alarm functions and remote accessibility monitors as a lot of of my clients have far more than a single residence. And yes there are numerous Apps for inventory manage.
Decoist: What was the most unusual request a customer asked of you?
Patrick Wallen: A handful of many years ago, I had a male consumer who needed to have 1 diamond bin centered on a specific wall so his wife and girl pals could only get wine from that bin and I asked him why and he said, “they like to Get together, but it was costing him a fortune!”
Decoist: Just for entertaining, let’s say a client loves Edgar Allan Poe. What would you envision as a design based on The Cask of Amontillado?
Patrick Wallen: Definitely detached from the major home, all beneath grade, with bricks walls and ceiling, previous sconces which mimic burning candles, it ought to be lengthy and narrow with a secret passage back to the major residence that only the owner knows about.
Decoist: Would you share your private wine cellar with us?
Patrick Wallen: It doesn’t exist, but if it did, it would be the “infinity” layout.
Decoist: Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and styles with us.
We are confident you are just as thrilled by Patrick Wallen’s styles as we are. If you are interested in exploring an upscale wine cellar, pay a visit to the Artistic Cellars net website. You can also make contact with them at 415-492-1450 and e mail PW@ArtisticCellars.com. Greater yet, just check out the showroom at 4286 Redwood Hwy, San Rafael, CA 94903.
Be sure to let us know your favorites in the comments segment under. Although we haven’t noticed it, we would opt for the Patrick’s Infinity layout. We picture it will outshine all of his stellar cellars!
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