Cosy Contemporary Style

In this chalet-style, modernist triplex apartment, the architect has created an ultra-contemporary atmosphere, but with a cosy feel. The decor is sophisticated, mixing designer items with rustic materials, traditional touches and eclectic ethnic items. This new interpretation of chalet style is the peak of refinement.

The breathtaking panoramic view of the Valaisian Alps could have been the main attraction of this 70s apartment. Yvan Prokesch had other ideas – he has completely transformed the space. Mountain style, yes, but with a fresh take on tradition.

The interior is both warm and contemporary, contrasting rustic materials with smoother finishes. The patinated grey larchwood forms a unifying backdrop and provides a counterpoint to glossier materials. However, the kitchen is the star of this architectural scenario – the mansard roof, which so typifies mountain style, makes brilliant use of space – and looks majestic. This room is both welcoming and ultra modern, as well as extremely practical.

This impressive home is welcoming and authentic, with some bold touches. Artworks from Africa and Asia are placed throughout, opening a window onto the world and the Arts, like the beautiful figure of Bodhisattva, linking Tibet with the Alps. Each floor has its own distinctive style, heightening the sense of eclecticism. The main floor is conducive to relaxing with friends; the top floor is cosy. The level below is even more intimate and comforting – the architecture was entirely redesigned to create a master suite, which is a real haven of peace.

Yvan Prokesch’s signature style is evident throughout – minimalist and geometric, with a focus on high-quality materials. As befits the geographical location, he has selected natural materials – mineral paints for their depth of colour and slightly undulating appearance, animal skins and, of course, elegant wood. The focal point, however, is the fireplace; more than three metres high, it takes pride of place in the decorative scheme. In black steel and Saharan stone, it’s the ultimate symbol of contemporary mountain style.

Project realized in collaboration with architect Sophie Morard based in Verbier.