As we head into the cooler months in Melbourne, we can’t help but feel inspired by Charlotte Perriand’s modern approach to the rustic mountain style found in the French Alps. Les Arcs ski resort, designed by Perriand in the 1960s, brings together the ideals of modernism with the unmistakeable aesthetics of the ski chalet. It is an incredible example of how architecture can shape an entire way of living.
The extraordinary resort made skiing the slopes of the Alps accessible to the masses for the very first time. The sheer scale of the project and the considered approach to design and construction – from the size and orientation of each of the 28,000 units to the simple pine furniture used throughout – made this possible. It was a turning point for post-war France and a chance for Perriand to put her experience working alongside famed French architect Le Corbusier to good use.
Perriand designed minimal, modestly-sized apartments with white walls and a carefully-curated selection of chic modernist pieces in raw natural materials like pine and leather. Colour also played a big part; the prefabricated kitchens and bathrooms were finished in shiny, bright colours adding a healthy dose of playfulness.
Perriand chose to position the buildings to mirror the slope of the landscape, blending the architecture and environment in perfect harmony.”
Perriand chose to position the buildings to mirror the slope of the landscape, blending the architecture and environment in perfect harmony. The buildings virtually disappear into their surroundings when layers of snow blanket the rooftops in the height of winter. It’s magical.
We’re excited to share a special edit of furniture Perriand would be sure to approve of, perfect for adding a touch of cosy chalet chic to your home. Get cosy, get comfortable and discover pieces by Dutch designer Ate Van Apeldoorn; simple brutalist forms highlighting the natural beauty of wood designed from the tree up and don’t forget a pop of colour à la Les Arcs!