When designer David Spon started designing cellars in the late 1980s, most residential ones held only a few hundred bottles, and his larger commissions were for restaurants. Fast-forward two decades, and his clients are part of the new breed of serious collector, some with 9,000 or more bottles, who let him get creative with his designs. One of his latest projects: 30 cellars in 15 Central Park West, the new New York City building by architect Robert A.M. Stern. Here are some of Spon’s key ideas.
- What is the most logical way to organize a wine cellar?
- What are your favorite building materials for cellars?
- What kind of shelving do you usually install?
- How do clients show off empty trophy bottles?
- What’s the best way to store cases of wine?
- Why do collectors store bottles in their original cases?
- What is the most versatile style of wine storage?
- What’s the best temperature and humidity for storing wine?
- What are the latest trends in cellar design?
- What’s the best way to manage a large collection?
Regardless of size, most people organize by region. In a cellar that I’m working on right now, we are dedicating one room to Bordeaux, one to Burgundy and so on. In each room, the shelves are organized by drinkability. Ready-to-drink wines are stored at waist-to-eye level; wines that require aging go up higher, since they don’t need to be as accessible.