Joris-Karl Huysmans is one of my favorite writers. À Rebours is my favorite Huysmans novel. Jonathan Barnbrook is easily one of my favorite designers. Yet one of the greatest disappointments of my life, one of my greatest professional failures is that I’ve never been able, for one reason or another, to get a wine finished and to market with one of Jonathan’s designs. They’re pure genius. Every one. There are several on this site. Jonathan’s also a fan of Huysmans, so he was delighted to work with the label. Life is not over, so maybe there’s still time to bless the world with Barnbrook wine labels.
Atlanta designers Red Hook presented these wonderful labels to me when I was considering a jug wine.
I explored a fire-treated single bottle box for the reserve Evil wine, Evil Incarnate. The prototype was awesome—it could have come from Satan’s workshop. But not practical to produce.
Tokyo based artist, performer and designer, Rob Kidney created these wine label concepts that are still as original, shocking and spectacular as they were ten years ago when he sent them to me. Wine design is typically a conservative game. Rob's work takes wine design in a totally new direction. I still love this concept and wish it could get to the market some day.
Incredible artwork from Istvan Orosz for a super reserve Mataro for the Chateau Chateau series, but the wine never made it to market.
Alan Aldridge has an incredibly agile, restless and expansive mind, evident in these early drafts for Green Lion.