Express the Artist Within Through DWR’s Champagne Chair Contest

2016-chair-siloWinemaking has been called a form of art. We often use the term “crafting” to describe a vintner’s work in the cellar.

Wine bottle labels often involve artistic expression, and some wineries, such as Kenwood Vineyards, annually produce an “Artist Series” bottling.

There even have been books written on the subject of wine label art, as this blog describes.

But I just learned… a little too late, unfortunately… that Design Within Reach (DWR) conducts an annual “Champagne Chair Contest.” It involves crafting miniature chairs using any of the materials from no more than two Champagne bottles, except glass.

There are more specific rules, too, dealing with the size of the chair, permitted and restricted adhesives, etc. Making miniature cork chairs, it would seem, is serious business.

(Actually, with cash prizes ranging from $1,500 down to $500, there is a good reason to have clearly delineated rules.)

The deadline for the 2016 contest has already passed, but you can still check out more of the miniature works of art, and read the full set of rules, here.

Perhaps you’ll be inspired to enter next year’s competition. Expect the call for entries to go out late this year. Meanwhile, it never hurts to start planning your masterwork. After all, an important part of the artistic process is planning.

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