When I walked into Le Vigne in Greenwich Village yesterday, I felt like I was seeing what would happen if Pablo Picasso, Lewis Carroll and Louise Nevelson met over drinks and decided to open an Italian wine shop. The decor is minimal and worn in a good way but the charm and genius is in the shelves and storage assembled from second hand tables, chairs, desks and shelves fabricated together whimsically and specifically to hold the many bottles of wine. Le Vigne's owner, Carlo, is eager, friendly and excited to talk about his wine selection as well as the store. Although at first it may strike one as a bit random, the placement of the wines in their respective regions makes sense if you view the center mass of melded furniture as a sort of map of Italy with the north region being closest to the front door. What hits home especially in these times is the overall design was brought about and inspired from wanting to keep the budget as low as possible. Style born out of necessity!
(Images: Sparrow King)