When Will Wick and the team at
Wick Design agreed to remodel the Medlock Ames Tasting Room & Bar in Alexander Valley, California, they seized the opportunity to reclaim and reuse materials for a sustainable project with a transformed aesthetic. The result is property that retains its native charm and celebrates the serene landscape with clean lines and modern simplicity. 71
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Once a local general store and bar, the structure possessed a natural charm that Wick sought to preserve and enhance. By integrating original materials wherever feasible, the building was refurbished with the utmost respect for its history and surrounding environment.
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Designed with a farm-to-table sensibility, the outdoor seating area overlooks a seasonal garden, whose flavors inspire and infuse the cocktails inside. Lined by a fragrant Pineapple Guava hedge, the outdoor seating area is an artful blend of old and new. Ipe wood tabletops rest on galvanized pipe table bases, and the oak bench along the outside wall is made from wood reclaimed from the garden.
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The fire pit space is both cozy and clever. The table is constructed with a built-in trough designed expressly for wine tasting. The landscaping supports the surrounding environment with a leach field drainage system created by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.
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Industrial pipes add modern style to the space, serving as both the light fixture system above the zinc bar and the attached foot rail below. The vintage fridge is a nod to the former incarnation of the space.
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In the center of the space sits a 13-foot custom farm oak table with a trestle base illuminated by 1940s industrial pendants. And the seating solution is yet another delightful find: 1950s chairs designed by Walter Gropius.
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Triple hung windows create an open path to the contiguous indoor/outdoor space. The indoor space is decorated with custom rise and fall pendants, which cast a warm glow in the evenings.
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A focal point for the room, the custom wine display showcases the distinctive Medlock Ames wine bottles. Banquette tables are nestled on repurposed galvanized pipe under vintage scissor lighting sourced from Battersea, Wick’s antiques and accessories showroom in the
San Francisco Design Center.
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The custom stained finish on the cedar planked walls brings new life to the gracefully aging structure, creating a clean, modern finish.
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The bar area adjacent to Tasting Room channels a storied speakeasy vibe. The mix of Victorian piano stools and Victorian pub tables adds a sense of authentic character, and Wick’s custom-designed wall sconces complete the theme.
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With tin tiles on the ceiling and a custom tobacco paperback faux finish on the walls, the space is a fresh take on the past, complete with reclaimed wood behind the bar and vintage accessories sourced from Wick’s Battersea showroom.
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The 18 raised plant beds are the heart of the landscape, alongside a meadow brimming with sunflowers and other plants that attract hardworking insects and pollinators.