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This large-capacity wine storage and display unit by Aurora Australis features an Eisno wine cooler with dual temperature control and low-E door glass, LED internal lighting and display shelving

Large custom wine storage unit makes living room feature


If your passion is fine wine then there's no point hiding those prized vintages out of sight down a dark, winding stair.

For this project by experienced kitchen and interior designers Aurora Australis Interior, the clients wanted their 800-bottle wine collection to be on show to the living areas, says lead designer Robert Xia.

"The available space was quite limited and the wine display also had to have a sense of connection to the nearby kitchen."

Aurora Australis is known for its fine joinery skills and knowledge of the latest appliance and cabinetry technologies and both were brought into play here.

"We created a furniture-like display with sculptural storage-display shelves, flat shelving, and six storage drawers beneath," says Xia. "The unit is finished in the rich tones of Bestwood Melamine to match the cabinets in the adjacent kitchen.

With so many bottles to be stored, the drawers had to be extremely strong and at the same time offer a smooth operation. To meet these requirements, Xia chose the Blum Movento Drawer system, which offers a generous load capacity and smooth operation."

As a central focal point in the display, Aurora introduced the Eisno Wine Cooler, which includes dual temperature zones to keeps wines at their correct storage and pouring temperatures.

"The wine cooler features a low-E, triple-layer glass door to protect the wind from sunlight and is internally lit with low-energy white LEDs," says Xia. "Its slim 600mm width was ideal here where space was limited – but, it still holds 152 bottles."

This furniture-style unit is an example of the calibre of design, technology, sheer ingenuity and wow factor reflected in all the company's work – be it a one off piece or up-to-the-minute entertainer's kitchen.

For further details, contact Aurora Australis Interior, Unit 1/155 Blenheim Rd, Christchurch, phone (03) 423 9067. Email:, or head online:


First published date: 19 July 2017

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