Project Team

Interior Designer: Luchetti Krelle

This November, Tourism Victoria will showcase the finest King Valley wines at its innovative new pop-up bar King’s Vault.

Over just five exclusive nights, the Open Vault evenings held from 6.30-11.00pm, will woo Sydney winelovers by offering an intimate King Valley experience. Located close to the popular eating and drinking strips of Sydney’s east, King’s Vault will be open to the public on Wednesday 18, Thursday 19 of November and again the following week, on Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 and Friday 27 of November.

Rachel Luchetti of Luchetti Krelle was responsible for the design of Kings Vault.

What are some of the design elements that need to be considered when designing in a temporary location such as the King’s Vault pop-up wine bar?

The building is awaiting demolition so this is our last chance to enjoy this wonderful space. It’s all about capitalising on the features in the existing building whilst being as resourceful as possible. Everything that we’re putting in the space is either recyclable or borrowed reclaimed objects.

Have you ever designed a pop-up venue before?
Does a house party count?

What was your design vision for the space?
We were inspired by the Italian varietals from the King Valley region and the rustic authenticity and honesty of winemaking. We wanted to really take people there and educate whilst capturing their imaginations with simple, clever appropriations of wine related concepts – avoiding the obvious clichés and promoting a friendly, communal, contemporary experience not dissimilar to what you would find at a cellar door in the King Valley.

What is your favourite design feature of the King’s Vault?
The bar front – It plays with perception and defies logic.

What three words would you use to describe the space?
Spirited, playful, original

Were there elements of the existing space that influenced the design?
The space is lofty and the ceilings high with a character all of its own.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome designing the King’s Vault?
We had to think on our feet and make do with the limited resources available and a building in need of a lot of love.