My Mission

“When you engage with me at 13|55, I will make it my mission to design a wine space or cellar that is completely personalised. I will address every aspect of your individual requirements, ensuring it is created and installed with the same level of craftsmanship, quality and customer service; whether you are commissioning a walk-in cellar with space to entertain, an ‘under stairs cellar’ to accommodate just a few dozen bottles – or anything in between.”

My Journey

“Design is in my DNA. I began my career as a marine engineer, spending time in the Royal Navy before following my true vocation and completing a BA (with Honours) in Art and 3D Design. I ran my own successful interior design business for many years, helping clients to improve and transform their homes. Having worked with a number of clients interested in bespoke projects, I became disillusioned with a lack of opportunity to lead on design in my work. Whilst considering my next steps, I was offered the chance to work in a company specialising in wine cellars, giving me an opportunity to immerse myself in this niche sector. I spent over 3 years with one of the industry’s best-known brands, working initially in after sales and project management, later moving into product development and design. The responses that I received from that company and from their clients to my design ideas convinced me that this was my future.”

My Approach

“I personally manage and oversee all stages of every 13|55 project, from initial concept through to final sign-off. My approach is hands-on, collaborative and flexible. Utilising my design and engineering skills, I will balance innovation and practicality to help you realise a wine space or cellar that will exceed your expectations. Whilst I will advise and recommend, you will always be able to have as much say over details and specifications as you wish.”

Charles is not only creative and professional at all times but is involved in its installation and delivers what he says. No corners are cut and the finishes are exemplary.
Alistair & Lilly Blacklaws
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