Summer is here and our mind turns to... ski? Not quite as ridiculous as you think, as the beautiful landscape and clear mountain air of the Alps offer the perfect respite from a hot, sticky summer in the city. Now we have discovered an extra reason to visit Zermatt, the Swiss ski resort famous for its views of the majestic Matterhorn and its chocolate box village, with the discovery of the Backstage hotel, chalet and loft, all designed by local designer Heinz Julen.
The three properties are all cleverly converted from existing buildings. We love the use of warm wood combined with cool glass and steel to create a rustic-industrial look which brings the local vernacular bang up to date. Add touches of sumptuous fabrics, leather and furs and the luxurious look is complete. We especially like the hot-tub at the Backstage chalet, which rises up above the roof through a skylight at the touch of a button. Now that's a chalet fit for a Bond villain.
Put together your own rustic-industrial look by combining wood, steel and glass with industrial details. Try the Kea console table from Alki, the Wendela barstool from Functionals and the ABC bookshelves from Saporiti.
The natural wood veneer lights from LZF, such as the Link suspension light, would look wonderful in contemporary chalet interiors. For a more refined industrial look go for the Standard pendant light from Menu or the Mr Ed table lamp from Functionals.
Add a rustic touch to your home by using the clever scrapwood wallpapers from NLXL. The patterns have no repeat, which offers a super realistic and creative alternative to wood panelling. We also like the Transmission candleholder from Diesel Living and the Pipework coat hanger from Nick Fraser for the industrial look.
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