Here are some of the more creative ways to store wine that we've found:
First is the aptly named "Wine Rack" (pictured left) by Brooklyn designers John Buckley, Marcel Madsen and Max Wang of Produce Design. This beautifully-shaped rack stores your bottles in an Escher-like pattern of bent carbon steel fins. The fins attach to one another by water-jet cut slots. Fill selected slots to dictate your own artful pattern. ($850, www.produce-design.com.)
Designers Marc Maiorana and Robyn Raines of the Iron Design Company have come up with a space saving and symmetrical way to store up to half a case. Don't let the picture fool you. The shape of the rack is pre-formed and made out of powder-coated steel. A little eye trickery was a bit what the designers had in mind. "Our specialty is giving grace to a bold, stubborn building material and kind of defying the structural stereotype that steel is often associated with," Maiorana explains. ($240, hardware included and sold in specialty stores and irondesigncompany.com.)
Wool felt is cropping up everywhere -- in bags, rugs, lampshades -- and now in a wine rack. Available from etcetera goods, their wool rack is naturally renewable and 100 percent recyclable, and it can be folded and put away when not in use. ($40, available from etceteramedia.supermarkethq.com)
Fans of the industrial aesthetic will love this gem from retailer CB2: Hand-welded galvanized sheet metal-cum-tubular sculpture, this rack can be used horizontally or on its side and it holds a full case. ($79.95, cb2.com.)
Storvino has taken the ubiquitous plastic crate and fashioned a wine rack or holder. It's not the most eye-catching option, but they offer a modular one to stack as needed. The crates are also made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic. ($19.99 per crate, The Container Store).
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