Placed in the Swiss village of Andermatt, this 5,400-square-foot residence is a true representation of interior architect and designer Pierre Yovanovitch’s different way to design. A reimagined Swiss chalet brings together local influences, vintage details, and a customized modern aesthetic.
Committed to designing the interiors of a two-story residence in Andermatt, Pierre Yovanovitch, approached the design project more as haute couture than architecture, collaborating with contemporary artists and artisans on site-specific installations and custom furniture to set a polished yet laid-back design aesthetic that harmoniously mixes the avant-garde and the natural.
“I wanted to create an interesting, yet inviting, space without detracting from the stunning view of the surrounding alps.” Pierre Yovanovitch
“To do this, I incorporated design elements inspired by the region, such as the cantilevered staircase made of spruce and inspired by rural fences. I worked with specialty craftsman from throughout Europe to create custom furniture pieces which I mixed with vintage furniture and art, such as Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s stone sculpture.”
Solid wood is also highlighted in many of the bespoke furniture designed by Pierre Yovanovitch, such as the angular sofa of grey-tinted larch wood and matching daybed in the living room, and the two semi-circular benches of solid oak in the entrance hall, both made by French carpenters Pierre Elois Bris.
The predominant usage of natural materials is complemented by a diverse range of light fittings that are inspired by nature such as American designer Jeff Zimmerman’s hand-blown suspension lights in the hall inspired by salt crystals, and “Fragile Future”, an ethereal chandelier above the dining table, inspired by the fragility of the dandelion.
Photo by Jean-François Jaussaud / Luxproductions.