Located in Courchevel, the quintessential Alpine ski resort in France, Le 1550 chalet upends the concept of luxury mountain living by swapping the classic aesthetic of rustic minimalism for sculptural forms, handcrafted textures and vibrant splashes of colour. Paris-based interior designer, art curator and creative director Joséphine Fossey, working with Lyon-based interior architects Atelier Giffon, have created characterful interiors that channel the artful authenticity of the Arts and Crafts movement filtered through the avant-garde perspective of early modernist architects such as Charlotte Perriand, Marcel Breuer, Henry Jacques Le Même.
Part of Iconic House, a boutique collection of luxury rental homes founded by French entrepreneurs and brothers Thibaud Elzière and Robin Michel, while the seven-bedroom property isn’t short of amenities offering guests spacious living areas that include a private cinema, a children’s playroom and a private spa with indoor pool, hammam and saunas, the chalet’s most luxurious aspect is the feeling of bespoke craftsmanship, courtesy of Fossey’s selection of vintage pieces, collectors' items and custom-made furniture created in collaboration with local artisans, sculptors and painters.
Enveloped in natural wood finishes, from hardwood floors, walls and ceilings, to built-in bookcases, joinery and furniture pieces, the spaces feel warm and cosy but at the same time bright and airy thanks to wide views of the surrounding Alpine landscape. Working with local upholsterer Atelier des Frères, Fossey has complemented the predominantly timber palette with an eclectic selection of plush textiles: curtains, cushions, headboards and throws invigorate the otherwise subdued interiors with vibrant splashes of colour and playful geometric patterns. Just as eclectic is the designer’s curated collection of artworks, decorative objects and furniture pieces, many of which have been custom-made for the property like the solid oak console in the entrance vestibule hand-carved by France-based Swedish designer Patrick Kim-Gustafson of Ateljé Loupchat.
Undoubtedly, the chalet’s most impressive space is the living room; featuring large windows on two sides that offer panoramic mountains vistas, the room’s majestic sensibility is enhanced by a seven-tone Mont Blanc granite boulder that doubles as a coffee table and fireplace base, and the imposing roof structure whose timber rafters are adorned with colourful geometric patterns. As impressive is the lacquered wood table in the dining room which pays homage to the work of Charlotte Perriand. Custom-made by Savoy-based cabinetmaker Sylvain Perrier, the table is accompanied by a series of small, modernist-inspired sculptural objects, also lacquered, made from the leftover wood scraps which Fossey has artfully displayed as part of the coffered ceiling.
Further enhancing the sense of hand-craftsmanship is the Prieuré floor lamp which was crafted in solid oak by Maison Henry Jacques Le Même in a limited series of 30 copies based in the late architect’s archives. From art and design pieces like the Prieuré floor lamp, to the handpicked art books, novels and biographies that fill the library shelves, the chalet is a veritable treasure trove of modernist-inflected charm and authenticity in the French Alps, as well as a testament to Fossey’s eye for detail and curatorial acumen.