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Art Design Home Tour: A Modern Penthouse In France That's An Alpine Getaway

Home Tour: A Modern Penthouse In France That's An Alpine Getaway

Home Tour: A Modern Penthouse In France That's An Alpine Getaway
By Leanne Mirandilla
July 04, 2020
Crafted as a second home that's made for all seasons, Inside Outside Designs creates a contemporary penthouse within a historic building located in the French Alps

When Inside Outside Designs was commissioned to transform this penthouse in Chamonix Mont Blanc, France, into an all-season dream home, they had their work cut out for them. The two-storey apartment is one of six in a 120-year-old building, which used to be a hotel until it was converted into private apartments 45 years ago.

However, the building had not been renovated since the conversion. On top of that, this was the firm’s first time designing a project as far afield as the French Alps, which required navigating differences in culture, working styles and building codes. The firm proved they were more than capable of rising to the occasion, giving the space a comprehensive overhaul.

Fur throws on the chairs add a cosy to touch to the dining area
Fur throws on the chairs add a cosy to touch to the dining area

Rather than a typical rustic mountain retreat, the clients envisioned a home that balanced timeless design with modern style. “The client wanted an interior that reflects life in the mountains, but with contemporary furnishings and lighting pieces,” says Jeanette Maria Zmijewski, founder of Inside Outside Designs. “The home should also reflect their love of travel and incorporate their specific art collections, and use technology to promote sustainable living.”

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The penthouse is located in a historic building that’s surrounded by majestic views of the mountains in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France
The penthouse is located in a historic building that’s surrounded by majestic views of the mountains in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France

The clients also requested the preservation of specific historical details in the interior, such as old wooden beams, and for the home to be designed for year-round use. The firm thus created an interior with a neutral palette and monochromatic bathrooms, while accentuating these spaces with pops of colour through statement-making sofas and large-scale artworks.

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The Roche Bobois Bubble sofa in magenta echoes the shades on the painting in the living room
The Roche Bobois Bubble sofa in magenta echoes the shades on the painting in the living room

The brief called for a much greater breadth of materials and furnishings than what was available in the vicinity, so the firm acquired the necessary items from across the globe, making sourcing trips and placing orders as far afield as Australia, Indonesia and South Africa.

They filled the home with furnishings by Roche Bobois, Poliform, Visionnaire, Tom Dixon, Versace and Toto. Due to the building’s narrow elevator and staircases, the supplies and furniture had to be transported by crane through the windows—sometimes even in the rain and snowstorms, since construction began in the winter.

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The metallic finish of the cabinetry and the grey wood panels bring a modern touch to the master bedroom
The Roche Bobois Bubble armchair and the Cassina Réaction Poétique side table by Jaime Hayon are among the pieces selected for the master bedroom
The vibrant-hued bed linen and cushions add life to this bedroom
 

The kitchen was one of the most challenging spaces to design in this home. The firm opened up what was originally a cramped, dark and low-ceilinged space by removing the walls and installing steel beams. Then came the state-of-the-art appliances, such as an oven with a built-in air fryer and a tap that converts regular water into sparkling water.

Inside Outside Designs even managed to locate a specific type of kitchen tile the client coveted but couldn’t recall the brand of. These were used to create a unique backsplash and accent wall, for the perfect finishing touch.

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The antique-inspired look of the wall tiles references the historic elements of the home and is furnished with Miele ovens and a cooking range from Lacanche
A ski locker was also built for the exclusive use of the penthouse owners in the basement of the building
 

After a year of hard work, the project was completed in 2019, with a tearfully joyous response from the clients. The team behind Inside Outside Designs were as cheered by the result; they’re now ready to tackle any project, even if it’s outside of their comfort zone.

 

Jeanette Maria Zmijewski
Jeanette Maria Zmijewski and King Perez of Inside Outside Designs
King Perez

Inside Outside Designs

Based in California and Singapore, Inside Outside Designs comprises a dynamic team of multidisciplinary designers led by principals Jeanette Maria Zmijewski and King Perez. In addition to interior and exterior design solutions for residential and commercial projects, the firm also offers events styling, set design and staging services thanks to the team’s diverse backgrounds. The 12-person agency is also trained in real estate marketing, and are specialists in space rehabilitation.

Inside Outside Designs
106 Bukit Teresa
Tel: 6260 0446 | 9767 2240
inside-outside.com

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