/ September 29, 2012
In 2011, I wanted to fit out a cellar in our new house. I had the space, but was not happy with any of the commercially available racking systems. Every existing system either (1) did not pass the test of being “good to look at”; or (2) could not store my wine collection at the density that I wanted. Most systems failed on both accounts. Diamond bins came closest to what I was after, but a diamond shape is not ideally configured to stack wine bottles.
NASA research conducted in the 70′s pioneering the use of isogrids in the construction of rocket capsules. A recent revival in isogrid design lead to their application in surfboard blank construction. Taking inspiration from these efforts and after much prototyping down in the garage, I developed a vertical, timber-based system that neatly stacked 19 bottles in each hexagon plus additional room for large bottles (magnums etc) in the triangles – ISOVIN was born!
More testing showed that ISOVIN racks outperformed pocket-style wine racks when it came to temperature stability. This was no surprise – French chateaus have used large-scale bottle stacking for centuries!
Now I have a cellar that looks great and works well!
The design process is by no means finished – the ISOVIN system will evolve in the coming years to meet the requirements of other storage applications. If you are interested, stay tuned to this blog to first hear about each new development.