January 31, 2019

Studio Becky Carter’s Design for VML Winery’s Tasting Room in Sonoma Intoxicates

Alexis Moran’s custom dining tables are blackened steel, with custom-stained oak tops; the back wall’s sconces were also custom made by Omega Lighting. Photography by Aubrie Pick.

The golden light washing across the rolling hills of Sonoma County, like the grapes it nurtures, is beloved by tourists and vintners alike. But if you must come inside, ideally it’s for a sip at the Studio Becky Carter-designed Tasting Room at Healdsburg’s VML Winery, which takes inspiration from the natural world without merely replicating it.

Leather-topped Noir Trading stools warm up Unimarble’s honed quartz bar. Photography by Aubrie Pick.

“The connection to the land and holistic process in biodynamic farming, and the intersection of nature and astrology, has largely inspired me,” Becky Carter says. She uncorked a grapey palette of burgundy, browns, and greens, with woven baskets as pendant fixtures that dangle among sun-shaped terra-cotta planters. In back, a custom mohair banquette sits proudly below Dagmara Weinberg’s abstract photographs printed on panels inspired by Victorian molding.

Lincoln Brooks’ bent bamboo chairs, with hand-stretched caning and leather seats, line up to honed-quartz and iron tables. Photography by Aubrie Pick.

For a cosmic touch, Carter and furniture maker Alexis Moran carved ancient celestial charts into the tops of common tables. It’s a sign that, whatever else the future holds, a glass of fine wine is a certainty.

Carter collaborated with Chris Wolston to make the hanging terra-cotta planters. Photography by Aubrie Pick.
Carter stained the original concrete floors a vibrant green, for a painterly touch. Photography by Aubrie Pick.
Bar storage is walnut-stained birch plywood. Photography by Aubrie Pick.
Carter designed the pattern for the bar front with multiple colors from American Restoration Tile. Photography by Aubrie Pick.
Below Cedar & Moss sconces and a mirror from Room & Board, Bedrosians’ porcelain tiles frame a Kohler sink with Signature Hardware faucet. Photography by Aubrie Pick.

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