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The cosiest interiors when it’s snowing outside

Art, design, tradition and contemporary style meet in this chalet in Andermatt, Switzerland

Jean-François Jaussaud / Luxproductions

Un attico di 500 mq all’interno di uno chalet in Svizzera è stato trasformato in un accogliente ambiente in stile contemporaneo dall’architetto d’interni Pierre Yovanovitch

Pierre Yovanovitch reinterpreted the typical interiors of a chalet in the mountains with a contemporary touch.

The 550-square-metres house is divided into two sections: night and living area. On the lower level of this luxury apartment overlooking the valley, you will find the kitchen, a fireplace area and a reception area with wide windows (8-metres-high and 20-metres-long). On the upper level, there are the four bedrooms: the master bedroom, the kid’s bedroom and two others for guests.

Interiors are characterised by a wide use wood adapted to the irregular shape of the building, typical of the local tradition. Floors are made of durmast wood but several details are made of larch, like the balustrade of the main stairs, a sophisticated wooden fence recalling the rural context of the valley.


The wooden interiors are at times rustic, minimalist, traditional or contemporary depending on the area of the home. Elements like the sculpture-chairs or the long bent ribs on the ceilings are what make this house unique.

Besides wood, Pierre Yovanovitch selected other materials such as stone, marble, glass, steel, wool, linen, ceramics for the fireplaces and hemp for the rugs. 

The majority of the accessories and of the decorations are tailor-made and were personally designed by Pierre Yovanovitch. The sofas, the coffee tables, the dining table, the lamps and the fireplaces were all created by talented French and European craftsmen.


This chalet in the mountains has an eclectic style and combines unique and limited-edition pieces by contemporary designers such as Matali Crasset, for the round suspended lamp in the lobby, Jeff Zimmermann for the hand-made installation at the entrance, Lonneke Gordjin and Ralph Nauta for the ‘Fragile Future’ chandelier, Jos Devriendt for the chandelier in the living room and Mikko Paakaanen for the tiny ceramic lamps. 

The final outcome is a cosy wooden chalet with a warm and harmonious colour palette accentuated by unique details like the roof structure of the dining area.

This interesting collection of contemporary design pieces was also enriched by a smaller selection of American, Scandinavian and European high-end antiques from the 20th century. For instance, pine chairs by Roberta Matta, a sculpture-chair (near the stairs) by Philip and Kevin Lavern, a little bronze table from the ‘40s by Philip Arctander, an oak desk by Paul Frankl and a few sheepskin rugs by Charlotte Perriand.

The owner’s personal art collection (including a sculpture by Ugo Rondinone) completes the interior decoration of this mountain chalet.


by Paola Testoni / 15 March 2018


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