Pure Talents: Wine meets Furniture

Imm Cologne Press / Danica Maricic, Editor-in-Chief

January 7, 2016

Eco Design

The designer Magnus Mewes creates furniture from barrique barrels. The shapely stools, chairs and tables have a history: for the famous barrique barrels, which are intended for the maturation of great wines, the oldest oaks, often 200 years old, are cut down. Four times they are filled with red wine, then they are used for the oak furniture.


© Magnus Mewes


On his wife Carolin Bergdolt’s vineyard, Mewes helped to store disused barrique barrels. There came the idea for the first barrique chair: the barrel staves had the ideal ergonomic form for seating surfaces and chair arms. Meanwhile, there are over 20 sorts of furniture, from children’s chairs and tables to chopping blocks. The classic barrique chair is the“Barrique Limited”, 100% made from used barriques (225 litre barrels). The chair is built like a barrel. The coincidentally ergonomic form is an optimal seating and back surface, giving the comfort of a molded wooden shell. The sides are made from recycled barrel bases – a natural red wine colouring can be seen here, from shades of brown to deep red.


© Magnus Mewes


Magnus Mewes works with this sustainable material, which is set to craftunion skills in a different context. Without new material costs, just by editing, we find the barrique furniture in an ecological cycle. Some vintners burn their signature into the barrels and send them to Mewes to get a unique barrique chair.

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