Champagne is For Drinking... & Making Adorable Mini-Chairs
What do you do with the completely absurd amount of corks you have saved from the wine-coated memories of your past? Pinterest has DIY projects for those retired corks- from picture frames to wedding table card holders and Christmas ornaments to actual cork boards. Suddenly, the little gems are so much more than a tally of the bottles you've consumed.
But maybe a cork doormat just isn't your thing. We get it. What about a mini champagne chair made from the cork instead? We could get on board with that.
The 2017 contest boasted over 500 entries in two categories: Most Original and Best Likeness. Using only the foil, label, cage and cork from no more than two champagne bottles, contestants created everything from your grandmother's front porch rocking chair to Paul Frankl design lookalikes.
Thank you to everyone who entered the 2017 Champagne Chair Contest. As always, there were some truly amazing chairs and our judges spent over two hours deliberating. We're thrilled to announce that in the category of Best Original, First Place is awarded to @rdmetzgar (left), in Second Place we have Erin Lew (center left), and Third Place goes to John Reyno's Laiki Lounger (far right). First Place in the Best Likeness is awarded to Isabella Sa with her replica of the Tube Chair by Joe Columbo. #designwithinreach #winners #dwrchampagnechair
How does one win the Champagne Chair Contest? The top 20 entries are set apart from the rest through a popular vote. From there, a panel of design experts chooses a first, second, and third place in the Most Original category and a first place for Best Likeness. Judges included PJ Mattan, of Studio Mattan in New York, Tucker Viemeister, head of Viemeister Industries in New York, and Elish Warlop, an architect and industrial designer.
Using tools meant for life-sized chairs, winners Robert Metzger, Isabela Sá, John Reyno, and Erin Lew admit there were more challenges than expected when making the adorable chairs. Whether it was removing the foil of the label without tearing it or keeping the legs of the chair straight under the weight of the cork, the mini chairs proved to have mega challenges. But once completed, we're certain the chairs are straight from our tasting room dreams!