Stil Novo Design's recycled oak wine barrels creations, unique eco-friendly custom furniture, elegant home & wedding decor & 'green' gift ideas are made with recycled French oak wine barrels. We are a family business located in California where we design and manufacture all of our creations. Every piece is a 'one of a kind' item, every decor is original and completely hand painted.
Why wine barrels? The chemical properties of oak itself play a significant role in winemaking, affecting the color, flavor, and texture of the wine; over time many of the oak properties get "leached" out of the barrel though and after 3 to 5 vintages the barrel is ready to be discarded. That's when we rescue, recycle and transform them into unique beauty to be given a new life in our customers' hands. The natural arch of a barrel stave confers striking finesse to the silhouette of each of our designs. The barrel's metal hoop is integrated whenever possible.
The red wine previously held in the barrels stains the underside conferring its particular character to it. Each piece will show natural variations in color, grain & dimensions from piece to piece. Imperfections of the weathered wood are welcome part of its history and unique charm.
Our European heritage brings an innovative, highly sophisticated sense of style and superior manufacture standards to this century’s ‘green revolution’. The upcycled shouldn’t be inferior to the high-end market’s standards and moreover should maintain the same sense of exclusivity and distinctiveness. Our concern for the environment doesn't affect, nor compromise, the quality and sense of esthetic conveyed in our creations.