Design for Urban Living

Swiss Chalet


Posted on December 20th, by David Bjorngaard in Inhabit, Knowledge, The Moment. No Comments

In the dark, cold days of winter, I dream of settling into a nice chalet in the mountains. Surrounded by snow and cold, but engulfed in the warm glow of a fire and the comfort provide by rustic materials, friends, spirits and a good view. A comfortable modern aesthetic, laid back with a good place to read, nod off and cook up a good meal. My friends can go skiing.  For me, a really comfortable chair, a nice window seat,  and a simple but well designed kitchen would work wonders.

Chalet in Andermatt, Uri Canton, Switzerland by Pierre Yovanovitch, #bjornstudio

This home in the Swiss Alps plays on local architectural vernacular, and provides a glimpse of what I admire: a mix of wood both warm toned and cool, refined and rustic; vintage furniture; organic shapes and materials; punches of color; and a bit of brainy fun. A home in Tahoe could take inspiration from this chalet.

Chalet in Andermatt, Uri Canton by Pierre Yovanovitch, Switzerland, #bjornstudio

The entrance provide multiple points of interest. Lined in red-painted shingles, the entrance inverts the skin of the exterior into the interior, singling that something different is going to happen. Unfinished metal walls and raw wood floors, combine with contemporary art and velvet to create a warm embrace from the cold.

Chalet in Andermatt, Uri Canton by Pierre Yovanovitch, Switzerland, #bjornstudio

The landing is decorated with a custom wool rug, a “donut” pouff, and ceiling light sculptures by Jeff Zimmerman. Icicles in the entry…a nice touch.

Chalet in Andermatt, Uri Canton by Pierre Yovanovitch, Switzerland, #bjornstudio

A simple-looking stack of lumber creates a welcoming spot to take off boots.

When the floors, walls and even ceiling are wood, the eye needs a visual break with other textures and colors.  Here in the living room, a muted color palette of grey  and white combine to create a calming environment, with pops of gold and tangerine to add some energy and movement.   The living area is a casual-looking grouping of different seating areas, composed of custom raw lumber sectionals, contemporary marble tables and antiques. Two asymmetrical chairs in the living room are upholstered in different shades of Rosemary Halgarten fabric, providing a soft welcoming hug, while echoing the two coffee tables of similar but different dimensions.

Chalet in Andermatt, Uri Canton, Switzerland by Pierre Yovanovitch, #bjornstudio

The immense sofa invites after skiing lounging and refreshments.

An inglenook off the main living area provides an intimate place to connect, and capture the warmth of the fireplace.

Chalet in Andermatt, Uri Canton, Switzerland by Pierre Yovanovitch, #bjornstudio

Fireplace flue is covered in custom, hand-painted ceramic tile.

Echoing the inglenook, the dining room is enclosed in its’ own sky hut, accessible to the kitchen through an operable window.

Chalet in Andermatt, Uri Canton, Switzerland by Pierre Yovanovitch, #bjornstudio

The kitchen combines unexpected finishes: wire brushed wood, grey marble and painted enamel backsplash. And a lovely suspension lamp adds even more fun. Too much fun?

Chalet in Andermatt, Uri Canton, Switzerland, Pierre Yovanovitch, kitchen

The rustic flooring is given an interesting parquetry detail in the stair landing.

Chalet in Andermatt, Uri Canton, Switzerland by Pierre Yovanovitch, #bjornstudio

The bedrooms continue the neutral color palette, mixing in vintage lamps, textiles and bedding for texture.

Chalet in Andermatt, Uri Canton, Switzerland by Pierre Yovanovitch, #bjornstudio

Chalet in Andermatt, Uri Canton, Switzerland by Pierre Yovanovitch, #bjornstudio

A Philip Arctander chair in sheep skin sits in front of a custom-ceramic clad fireplace.

Chalet in Andermatt, Uri Canto, Switzerland by Pierre Yovanovitch, #bjornstudio

Flat woven rug and texture fabric on the sofa provide graphic interest in this corner of the bedroom.

Chalet in Andermatt, Uri Canton, Switzerland by Pierre Yovanovitch, #bjornstudio

These bunk beds provides plenty of room for young guests.

chalet-in-andermatt-uri-canton-switzerland

 

Sign me up for this holiday trip!

David Bjørngaard, December 2016

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