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About this Project

The brief was to develop the space as an active trading warehouse. A concrete shell was handed over and the subsequent fitout features a bespoke cabinetry ‘kit' to display the stock in an active retail format.

The primary ‘seed' for the development of the cabinetry is the traditional pine fine wine box. The cabinetry ‘boxes' are shelving units to the perimeter and a ‘palette' on wheels to the shop floor, both with flexible elements for active display. Cabinetry is made of solid unpainted pine, intended to ‘season' in use, wine ‘ageing'.

Primary elements; sales counter-money/kitchen-food/bathroom-toilet are in the corporate colour, orange (the link a private joke). A bottle wall, reminiscent of indulgent NZ summers, provides a screen between the formal shop area of retail and wine school and the working dispatch and warehouse areas.

Awards Won

  • 2004 Designers Institute of NZ Best Award - Retail Design


Client John and Richard Caro

Location St George’s Bay Road
New Zealand

Completion date June 2003



01 Caros Wine Shop s


02 Caros Wine Shop s

Bottle wall screen between retail and wine school

03 Caros Wine Shop s

Wine School

04 Caros Wine Shop s

Cabinetry Boxes

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