Tobias Horrocks is an architect that works with cardboard. He is a cardboard architect and the Founding Principal of Fold Theory. I met him when he was renting space in one of the warehouses I converted into studios for the Creative Spaces program many years ago. When the time came to think about packaging for Mount Monument wine, I sought him out as I wanted something exceptional in which to house it.
I spoke to Tobias about creating something unique for us. I wanted to use his brilliant design aesthetic and strong sustainability principles to inform the work (no glue or staples are used in his work and the cardboard is recycled). After making it clear to me that he was no product designer, and after making it clear to him that that was precisely why I chose him, he embarked on designing a wine box that functioned as both packaging and seating. A wine stool.
The wine stool is a stunning hexagonal shape that holds six bottles of wine and is able to support 300kg of weight. It has been specifically designed for Mount Monument and will be sold containing six bottles of our Pinot Noir 2014 at this year’s Mount Macedon Budburst Festival. The wine stool is assembled by hand and is an art piece in its own right. You will find great pleasure in it for years to come, quite literally!