Located along Highway 29 in California, just north of Napa city, it would be easy to mistake Ashes & Diamonds for a modern tech company or a mid century structure straight out of the Palm Springs desert.
This unique winery spans across the 30-acre site and features a public courtyard with zigzagging footpaths that join the tasting rooms and production facilities.
When Kashy Khaledi purchased the building, he wanted to transform the structure into a modern space with a relaxed feel. With the help of L.A.-based Bestor Architecture and Barbara Bestor, herself, he as able to make this vision into a reality. Bestor has also previously designed Beats by Dre headquarters and the Palm Springs Hotel. “The midcentury era isn’t a gimmick for us. It was an era of lightness, optimism, and possibility,” Khaledi says.
Ashes & Diamonds welcomes their guests with a triple floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and a bright yellow pivot door that looks as if it’s jumped straight out of a post card from Palm Springs.
“As an homage, the iconic zig-zag roof and portholes are a few of the iconic references to the heritage of California mid-century modern design,” the company explains. The custom zig zag canopy is also a nod to the folded plane-like architecture of Donald Wesley and adds shape and character to the otherwise box-shaped construction.
The most notable mid century feature on the two-story production building is the Albert Frey-inspired porthole windows that cover three sides of the structure. Just outside of this building, the courtyard has been decorated with small cacti and patches of grass.
Inside the winery, they have continued with the mid century modern theme by furnishing tasting rooms with a mix of mid mod and contemporary designs. From the cork stools to the vibrant purple and yellow armchairs, Ashes & Diamonds is truly a mid century modernist’s dream winery retreat.