One project we assisted on was the interior of the Grand Bohemian Charleston's upscale Élevé bar and wine tasting room. The Grand Bohemian belongs to hotelier Richard Kessler's Autograph Collection of boutique, designer hotels spanning the globe, each of which offer a cultured lifestyle along with their elaborate rooms, furnished with Bohemian-resemblant decor.
The first of the collection was the Mansion on Forsyth, and quickly caught on elsewhere. We've worked with Mr. Kessler for a variety of projects, from flooring to custom furniture.
For this hotel in particular, we provided reclaimed heart pine for the wall and overhang of the main bar, which accents the rustic charm of the whole establishment. It's quite flattering to us that our antique and aged wood serves as a centerpiece.
We also built a massive refectory table out of one of our reclaimed antique factory worktables, which now serves as workspace and seat of their magnificent wine blending room. This room also features two large reclaimed doors we made and fitted.
In the corner you can see one of two sliding barn doors we made out of reclaimed wood. They were custom ordered specially for this blending room, and look great! Also in this room is a custom heart pine shutter to accent the wine-supplies.
The wine blending process has struck vino-thusia throughout the Charleston area, with quite a few wonderful articles about the actual process. At the hotel, classes are available to learn the craft and enjoy your own mixture. You can read about it (and see some nice pictures of the table!) here. The hotel is, in fact, the first stand-alone hotel offering wine mixing classes in the United States. You can learn more or sign up on the Wine Blending site.
With the complexity of the process, it's relieving that the immense size of the table has enough room to accommodate, and leave all wine mixers and mixing comfortable.
If you happen to be in Charleston, looking for a place to stay or a breathtaking bar to visit, think about Élevé, and tell us what you think about the wood, doors, shutter and table!