Tantalus Estate VineyarD
Tantalus Estate was founded in 2013 on twenty acres of established vineyard on Waiheke Island. Since that date, the venue was closed to the public while they undertook an extensive renovation of the winery building. Epsilon Lighting along with Emily Priest from Cheshire Architects have worked together and created a wonderland of lighting, taking organic materials from the vineyard, adding brass elements and handblown glass spheres. Resulting in a wonderful mix of industrial organic forms, warmth and intimacy to the beautiful detailed finish that is Tantalus.
They have since opened this fantastic Estate, located 70-72 Onetangi road, Onetangi, Waiheke Island, Auckland.
'Divine Lighting' - An excerpt from Interior Magazine dec-feb 2016-17 - Written by Camille Khouri
Credit for this sparkling effect is due to James Russ and his team who took sketches from Cheshire Architect, Emily Priest and created these remarkable lights using uprooted vines from the estate and more than 4,500 miniature LEDS, handwoven into the vines with exposed copper wire. Despite the organic material, these are very high-tech lights, with LED drivers hidden within the fixtures and high CRI LED bulbs used to ensure the food looks its best. A skeletal structure of solid brass holds the vines together. To make the junctions for these, Epsilon 3D-printed the mould, then investment-cast them, then poured molten brass into the cavities. This meticulous process gave the parts an aged, textured look. When Epsilon ran low on brass, they bought out all the brass taps at local hardware stores and used those. "They were looking at me like I was crazy," says Russ. "Its a real kiwi ingenuity story really, using basic materials to create fine art."