Design: Pedro Geraldes + Nuno Travasso
Function: Wine bottle coaster
Year: 2012
The object: CEPA is a wine bottle coaster, designed with a particular focus on Port wine, developed by the architects Pedro Geraldes Santos and Nuno Travasso, with the support of Museu do Douro and Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto (IVDP). A piece that contributes to a new form of presentation and ritual of serving, interconnecting the bottle and the wine with materials that are at the core of its production and conservation.
CEPA is produced from a single piece of solid wood or cork, in which two intersecting cavities are cut out: one for the bottle, another for the stopper. The asymmetry of the cavities allows the piece to be transported, in a stable way, with the left hand, while the wine is served with the right.
A piece in which the nobleness of the woods from the Douro Valley, or the historical relevance of cork, combined with the wisdom of the hands of local artisans join the wine, through the simplicity of design.
Photos: Alexandre Delmar - A Caixa Negra
On the media: Mocoloco, TimeOut, Portugal Design, The Creative Finder, Público, Revista de Vinhos, among more than 50 online and printed editions.


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