Les Rivières

This newly build chalet in the heart of Verbier Switzerland is made and conceived like an old timeless chalet with walls and ceilings clad with old wood on the interior and exterior. Floors are made from local slate in the main rooms like on the traditionally made roof of the chalet. Vernacular architecture of the Alpes, humble material and design all contributes and goes back to the simple and trivial life of the mountains.
Locally sourced antique pieces made by unknown craftsmen are juxtaposed with Bauhaus pieces like a Mies van der Rohe leather ottoman.
Questioning the relationship between the past and the present and local traditional culture in an international ski resort - we envisioned a set of contemporary pendants which both resemble the 50s designs and an ethnic inspiration. The antique Chinese dining chairs gets us closer to the origins of Zen, where each element contribute to the whole.
Peasant primitive pieces, alpine wools blend with refined fabrics of the cashmere curtains, a faded antique Aubusson rug, and antique linens, in this very neutral and seasonal winter palette of creams and browns. Earthy tones and touches of rust color and copper brings all the essential elements together.

Residential project: 2013
Category : Mountain Switzerland
Photography: J.WILSON