Type of work
Interior design, preliminary project
Area of intervention
Number of floor
The apartment is a civil conversion of a rural barn of “chalet hameau”; because of this peculiarity, the requests of the client were to maintain the atmosphere of the building. The choice, after constructive dialogues with the property, was to favour the conceptual-ideological rather than the lexical-stylistic approach, brings a 21st-century sensibility to a very traditional form, emphasising the original open plan distribution with its pilasters, its beams and open fireplaces. What had struck the property was the rustic chic style that was evident both from the spatial distribution and from the specific use of wood, each of them typical of this architectural typology and that, in owners, evoke an idea of warmth, intimacy and refinement. The approach was to return an interior that recalled the rustic visual connotation of the chalets, but within a conceptual and stylistic composition of international breadth characterized by materials and shapes sought after by sartorial and artisan realisation and finishes. Central to the chalet apartment is its large, airy, and bright one room space connotation. To achieve into chalet volumes this sensation, the planimetry is structured like a large and open plan with all features in it, no blind partition has made; different function area (living, sleeping, connective) are dived by wood pilaster. The boiseries reproduce the planing finishes typical of the indigenous hand crafted process, but realized with a gouge to obtain more intense aesthetic effects. The wood-swathed interior is a showcase for the carpenter’s art, with walls, ceilings and steps created from meticulous joinery. Cashmere and suede upholstery and padded items serve to give refinement and comfort to rustic and simple shape furniture. The composition of the elements refers to the distribution without formal and functional relationships of traditional historical mountain’s interiors where the different furnishing elements are used for multiple functions. The reciprocal dialogue among materials of different cultural-stylistic extraction (wood, metal, mosaic in gold leaf glass, leathers and fabrics) recreates in a modern and personal key, according to the wishes of the client, the original atmosphere of the “chalet hameau” rooms. The fulcrum of the interior is achieved by the oppositional relationship of two registers: one leaded by materials and neutral approach with strong references to rural and traditional connotations (composed by furnishings and surface finishes) and the other, as scenic counterpoint (light fittings), characterized by sculptural forms with a strong contemporary design.