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Industrial Chic

When the first loft conversions in Toronto started changing the condominium landscape 20 years ago, many were in awe of the raw structural elements such as polished concrete floors and posts, open beams and visible pipes and ductwork. While it all looked super cool, would these industrial elements work well in a residential setting? Over the years, modern industrial interior design evolved to answer that question with a resounding Yes. Now, industrial chic is about tastefully exposing what lies beneath in a manner that is simultaneously edgy and elegant. It’s like deliberately showing the seams on a designer garment: it’s…

Luxury living is in the details

It was Hubert de Givenchy who said “The luxury is in the details”, but this simple phrase can be applied to so much more than the world of haute couture. When it comes to luxury living in the world of interiors, luxury is more than a feeling…it’s the little things we add that lend an indescribable air of indulgence to a home. One good dictionary definition of luxury is “conducive to sumptuous living…usually a delicacy or refinement rather than a necessity.” It’s easy to argue, though, that modern living demands some amount of luxury almost as a necessity. Anyone who has ever experienced the touch, smell, feel…

Luxury metal wine racking systems

If you store your surplus bottles in a cardboard box in the basement, and that’s how you like it, so be it. Yet if you have given serious thought to storing your wines in such a way that the bottles can be displayed for aesthetic pleasure while your wine matures in optimal conditions, you may be dismayed by the abundance of commercially available wine racks that come in standard sizes and cheap wood. Depending on where and how your wine storage space is configured, ordinary wooden racking systems simply may not work with your space and design. Many have recognized…

What to include in a small wine collection

In the wine world, there is much talk about how younger wine collectors are changing the way that wine is consumed and collected. Although thrifty Millennials are said to spend less per bottle than their parents did, there’s no doubt that this generation has produced some serious collectors – and whether or not they are completely revolutionizing wine, they have certainly had a big part to play in the exposure of small producers making unique wines in obscure spots around the world. As with virtually every other passion in the modern world, habits are changing when it comes to acquiring…

Wine Collecting Isn’t What it Used to Be

Do you think of wine collecting as the pastime of the uber-rich? When you hear the words ‘wine collector’ perhaps the image of a stern patriarch wearing a tweed jacket with elbow patches, smoking a pipe in a dark wood-paneled wine cellar surrounded by thousands of bottles, comes to mind? That’s so last century. For better or worse, wine collecting isn’t what it used to be – and if North America’s 75 million-strong Millennial cohort has already changed the world of wine collecting forever, imagine what the world of wine will look like to subsequent generations! Today’s wine collectors are…

Modern wine systems vs traditional systems

Do the words ‘wine cellar’ conjure up an image of damp, crumbling stone walls where inset bottles languished underground for hundreds of years? If so, welcome to the 21st century, where many wine cellars would be unrecognizable to our ancestors. First and foremost, wine collections aren’t always stored in a traditional, below ground cellar anymore! For people with modern sensibilities and tastes, wine must still be properly stored, but a collection will do just as well if not better with today’s modern racking systems than in the cellars of yore. All that matters, essentially, is the purchaser’s taste. Here we’ll…

The minimalist nature of “The Cable Wine System”

Are you a devotee of the philosophy ‘less is more’? If so, you may be a minimalist – someone who is interested in achieving happiness not through accumulating an excess of things, but through life experiences. Embracing minimalism doesn’t mean you have to do away with personal possessions and start backpacking across the world (although some do!); the point is more to experience freedom from the cumbersome, often overwhelming trappings of modern life and instead make conscious, deliberate decisions about what really matters, so you can find fulfilment in life. At Cable Wine Systems, we took the concept of minimalism…

Things Wine Lovers Should and Shouldn’t Do

Wine lovers are typically inclined—and even expected—to follow certain rules of etiquette when enjoying their favourite libations in various capacities and environments. There’s no doubt that the behaviours people exhibit are largely influenced by their surroundings. You could be sipping wine in a fancy restaurant, a bar, at a wine tasting event at a winery, or even if you’re just indulging in a glass of red or white in the comfort of your home; all of these circumstances inadvertently dictate your behaviour. The Dos and Don’ts of Enjoying Fine Wine It goes without saying that certain wine drinking practices are…

How Long Should You Store Wine?

One of the greatest misconceptions perpetuated about viniculture is that all red wines are specially formulated for ageing and white wines can only be consumed immediately after purchase. The truth of the matter is that only a small proportion of mass-produced wines—including both red and white varietals—are intended for long-term storage. Most vintners anticipate that the grand majority of their products will most likely be consumed within a short period of time; therefore, a lot of modern wines have a short shelf life. Of course, as all wine connoisseurs know, certain wines improve tremendously with age. It’s just a matter…

Display Your Collection in Style with Floating Wine Racks

As a growing number of young people are showing an interest in collecting and prominently displaying their wine collections in their homes, floating wine racks are becoming increasingly popular decorative household fixtures—and for a good reason. Not only are they incredibly versatile, adaptable, and sleek; they’re also a stylish yet practical way of storing your wine. It doesn’t matter whether your intent is short- or long-term storage, this kind of luxury wine racking creates endless possibilities to comply with your aesthetic tastes and functional requirements. A Beautiful Way to Store Your Wine Bottles Most residences and public places in Toronto…