Montreux Private Residence


Interior Design, FF&E Purchasing


Montreux, Switezerland

A modern classic, inspired by the architecture of the mediterranean

With a micro-climate and Mediterranean trees on its promenade, the design language for the apartment was to create a timeless Mediterranean inspired classic. With warm and comfortable interiors and neutral but rich colour schemes. The interiors were to be warm, comfortable and classy, with a touch of orientalism and a contemporary artwork selection to reflect the client’s heritage and taste.

Although located in a beautiful historic building in a superb location, the property was dated and did not meet the modern needs and aesthetics of the client for their lifestyle today. The lounge was an expansive living space with unique large arched windows. There was a lack of architectural lighting and segregation of different furniture groups. Drapery treatments to the bedrooms were missing and also had complex windows to treat. The Master Bedroom Suite also lacked joinery and definition to the space. The existing kitchen had a lot of dark wood finishes and was closed off from the rest of the living space. The bathrooms were out dated with flat ceilings. They needed a complete refresh with modern sanitaryware fixtures and a double vanity installed. The study was a spartan space, with no daylight.

The arrival at the property is now light and airy with classical panelling and a contemporary artwork selection. We continued the architecture seen in the original lounge windows into the corridor, adding arched portals with architraves. Behind the arrival console there is also a built in mirror which reflects the natural light and makes the space feel larger.  The new light parquet floors are warm and naturally finished, pairing well with the other materials.

The lounge open space has warm and comforting fabrics and finishes. Botanical silk rugs and light linen drapery to the arched windows. The new coffered lighting adds a sense of zoning to each space in this open plan layout, segregating the informal tv lounge and the more formal lounge set up.

The custom Poliform kitchen is contemporary in style and equipped with Miele appliances for modern living and entertaining. The bar island provides an opportunity to entertain with the bar stools showing a touch of orientalism in the design language.

The study is a refuge with scenic views. Warm walnut wood finishes have been used for the built in joinery. Light upholstery fabrics and sheers frame the windows.

The guest bathroom was a challenging space due to its small proportions. Here we have used a freestanding vanity to attract interest, as well as an oval mirror with built in lighting.

The Master Suite has been designed as a refuge with a new fireplace and walk in wardrobe with warm materials and finishes. New classical panelling has also been added to the architecture.

The walk in wardrobe was custom designed and has a dressing island in the centre. It is an extension from the master bathroom and forms part of the Master Suite.

The Master Bathroom now has 2 vanities for his and hers living, a freestanding Laufen bath and custom vertical lighting to highlight the bookmatched marble panels.

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