A new design

Florent Breton is a new designer on the interior block.

With his contemporary interior project in Crans Montana, Le 36, he has brought a new look to Swiss ski chalets. A commission too photograph his design work was the opportunity to revisit the concepts of simplicity that are reflected in his aesthetic.

quiet living

The open plan living dining room flows around the impressive red tiled open fireplace which as the focal point of this space emits warmth and conviviality to this family holiday apartment.

Above the modular seating area designed by the Belgian furniture designer, Jacques Deneef for Ethnicraft, Florent hung a selection of posters expertly framed by his sister. This collection of imagery varying from sleek, super cars to coveted luxury brands highlights the essence of this space. The Vitra design pieces reinforce this. This is luxury, even in its simplicity.

Styled with a set of blue and white porcelain, the dining table captures one of the key elements that was important to Florent in his design process. Deeply inspired by Japanese culture and in particular the ideology of Wabi Sabi, the interior design aesthetic evolves from imperfection, impermanence, and incompletion. All these are present; it is for us to see and understand how, where and why.

Sleeping peacefully

With next to no distractions in the sleeping areas, Florent Breton encourages healthy and reposeful sleep in these bedrooms.

Each item is carefully considered and placed purposefully within its space. Again, he understands, captures and displays yet another Japanese ideology: shibui. This aesthetic values simplicity and subtle beauty of minimalism. A yellow flower modestly arches from its base vase to capture the first light of the day.

The seven essential factors of shibui are of course simplicity but also implicitness, modesty, silence, naturalness, everydayness, and imperfection. 

Details make the design

It is in the details that the interior designer, Florent Breton, has allowed the design to speak for themselves.

Take a look down; on the floor, threads of yellow gold weave across the living space,. The kintsugi tiles glisten and sparkle as the afternoon light flitters through the window treatments to bring an inanimate floor alive.

A stained mahogany hand mirror lies atop of the bedroom drawers. Adorned with the traditional Swiss alpine flora of edelwiss, the reflection of the red berries displayed in a worn ceramic vase creeps into sight. Without effort, wabi sabi is present.

As this is an alpine ski chalet, it is no surprise that there is a considerable amount of woodwork present. It is not imposing; and with the soft, gentle stain, tranquility is secured. It is the wood itself that undergoes yet another Japanese modality; that of Sashimono,. Using simple as well as complex joinery, the bookshelf is assembled without nails. Each shelf seems to float above its neighbour but yet poses the strength to exhibit each object in its individual display case reminding one of a Cabinet of Curiosities or a Wunderkammer.