You may have seen glass aggregate and fiber-optic lighting in countertops before, but you’ve never seen them quite like this.
Catering to his client’s passion for fine wine, Scott Cohen, owner of The Green Scene in Canoga Park, Calif., crafted this striking outdoor serving counter, which incorporates more than 200 recycled wine bottles.
Most of the bottles were stacked into the base of the counter and lit with more than 400 fiber-optic cables. But the bar surface is what really makes this project top-shelf. Cast in place using Styrofoam forms, the countertop showcases 14 wine and Scotch bottles that have been melted — Cohen used his 1,500-degrees Fahrenheit kiln — and flattened for use as custom tiles. The melted bottles were wired with an additional 700 fiber-optic cables while casting.
The concrete itself was integrally colored with Davis Color’s Sandstone and hand-seeded with smaller pieces of recycled glass bottles. After the concrete had cured for 28 days, Cohen used granite polishing tools to finish the surface and a double-coat of sealer to protect the artfully constructed countertop.
Though this piece was Cohen’s first using flattened-wine-bottle tiles, it didn’t take long for the technique to attract attention — especially since this countertop, along with many other Green Scene projects, has been featured on the HGTV network.