From 1988 to 1998, one of my all-time favorite artists and architects designed and constructed Quixote Winery in Napa, CA. Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) was a visionary whose values, mentality, and artistic vision were cutting edge to say the least. As a contemporary artist and architect, he broke all the rules, created freely, and he certainly didn't care for straight lines or bland colors. These points are so gorgeously reflected throughout the grounds of Quixote, which makes for an absolutely visceral experience. The atmosphere within Quixote is almost intoxicating...literally a breath of fresh air from the mundane buildings of the present. Everything from the gold-capped turret roofs to the hand-painted pillars to the custom-designed font that Hundertwasser himself created for the winery's logo, is vivid and amazing. Okay, I'm going to stop ranting now and just show you the photographs! The grounds:
Inside the Quixote offices:
Even the bathrooms are cool!
Pretty sure this is an original...
One of the labels:
From Hundertwasser's original sketches for the grounds:
After our trip to Quixote, Jen and I found beautiful rings at a store in Sonoma, handcrafted by Navajo Indians. Mine reminded me so much of Hundertwasser's asymmetrical designs!
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