If you share my love affair with winter and truly appreciate the beauty of snowy mountains, ski trails, ice covered pine trees and breathing in the cold crisp air, then Aerin Lauder's Aspen ski chalet (featured in Vogue Magazine) might cause your knees to buckle. An heir to the cosmetics fortune founded by her grandmother, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer is the public face of Estée Lauder and one of New York's most prominent socialites.
Although her self-proclaimed "tree-house" is quite minimilist by design, I absolutely love it. When I think of "minimal design" I immediately picture an empty, sterile and linear space which has no warmth or karisma. When I look at Aerin's ski retreat, I see a space where the decor has been purposely kept quiet in order to let nature make a very loud statement.
Without question, the single most attractive architectural feature in this space is the floor to ceiling windows that not only let floods of natural light in, but also act as giant still life canvases. I also appreciate the monochromatic color palette as it highlights the beauty of the subdued colors showcased outdoors. The reclaimed cypress and oak details found on the ceiling and furniture add just the right amount of warmth while reinforcing the connection between indoors and out.
Here are a few drool-worthy pictures...
Photos Courtesy of Vogue Magazine
Photographed by Francois Halard