Elle Decor Italia
by Jeremy Callaghan
photos by Gaelle Le Boulicaut
A collector of designer pieces entrusts the renovation of his Savoy home to Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. The result: a creative, modern version of the classic Alpine chalet.
The owner of this house describes himself as a collector and art and design enthusiast, with a particular interest for the French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. When he later purchased this chalet, a former restaurant with an adjoining farm, where the three valleys of the French Alps cross each other, he entrusted the renovation of the property to the designer. Duchaufour-Lawrance accepted only on the condition that the owner would give him carte blanche and reinterpreted the external landscape of the interior design with a constant reference to the natural Alpine architecture.
Surrounded by the immensity of nature, the strong symmetrical geometry of the traditional chalet was abandoned in favor of the organic curves that are so characteristic of this designer. Soft, organic and fluid, a strip of wood used as seating, walls and ceiling, emphasised by the tradition of wooden slats, expresses the double passion of Duchaufour-Lawrance for materials and for shapes. The concrete flooring is transformed into a raised surface in Corian for sharing meals. A white monolith by Boffi hides all the elements of the kitchen. The designer has infused great lightness into the materials, more traditionally associated with a rustic presence.