Like a Fine Wine – Libreria del Vino from Living Edge

Words by James Lyall Smith
Photography by Toby Scott & Peter Clarke
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Much like the wines it has been designed to display, the Libreria del Vino – ‘wine library’ – wine rack storage system by Elite, To Be is a timeless yet complex example of expressionism, savoured by observers like a glass of fine vino. Manufactured in Italy and available in Australia exclusively through Living Edge, Libreria del Vino represents modularity without limits.

Designed by Elite, To Be – the design brand founded by Australian-born, Italy-based brothers – Libreria del Vino is a study in close attention to detail and intricate fabrication, drawing inspiration from the designers’ love of travel. Streamlined, functional and aesthetically pleasing, Libreria del Vino allows users to equip walls of varying volumes and lends itself to a wide variety of residential and commercial spaces.

Manufactured in Italy and available in Australia exclusively through Living Edge, Libreria del Vino represents modularity without limits.

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Complex yet sleek, rugged yet soft, the versatile Libreria del Vino, with cavities suitable for storing bottles of multiple sizes, is entirely derived from laser-cut iron and is available in a range of metal finishes. Proud owners of the Liberia del Vino are invited to combine the weathered patina of corten steel with the natural warmth of oak and suar to create a cosy atmosphere or choose from a range of powder coat finishes in shades derived directly from wine varietals. The powder coat finishes add different nuances to the iron frame, bringing character and colour to its environment, while the antique brass finish offers a classic, distinguished alternative that will patina with age.

A truly modular product, units can be tailored for any wall or freestanding partition and include eight, 16, 18, or 24 bottle units with the ability to hold bottles in a horizontal or vertical position. With the addition of a timber frame, the system becomes an ideal room divider for open-plan spaces including lofts, penthouses or tasting rooms, making elegant and efficient use of unused areas. Sleek, space-efficient and visually arresting, Libreria del Vino allows for the display of wine labels while maintaining free airflow with proper storage positioning.

Libreria del Vino allows users to equip walls of varying volumes and lends itself to a wide variety of residential and commercial spaces.

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Libreria del Vino appears in all Living Edge showrooms across Australia and most notably Living Edge’s award-winning Sydney showroom, where it has played an integral role in transforming the flagship space into a worldclass showroom cum events and entertaining venue. “Of all the features of our Sydney showroom, the wine library from Elite, To Be is the most consistently admired by visiting architects and retail customers alike,” states Living Edge CEO Aidan Mawhinney.

A simple installation process combined with multiple modular configurations and bespoke material finishes make Libreria del Vino a versatile solution for numerous residential and commercial applications. Available in Australia exclusively through Living Edge, the timeless design of the Libreria del Vino renders it a perpetual centrepiece within any space it resides, standing the test of time and ageing much like a fine wine.

Libreria del Vino appears in all Living Edge showrooms across Australia and most notably Living Edge’s award-winning Sydney showroom, where it has played an integral role in transforming the flagship space into a worldclass showroom cum events and entertaining venue.