Apparently in the past Europeans used to find mountains and their snowy heights terrifying. It was the writer Goethe who changed this perception – his words revealing the beauty & inspiration to be found in high, clear atmospheres & outlooks enveloped in snow.
Falls Creek, a ski-in ski-out alpine village in Victoria contains that poetry… ..if on a somewhat smaller scale than Goethe’s Alps.
I’ve done several projects now at Huski Apartments : redesigning the interior of the penthouse, photographing the cafe and apartments for the website and establishing the Huski Instagram feed.
With the interiors the challenge has been to discover an Australian take on alpine design – we don’t have a tradition like in Europe or America. Given the modernist architecture of Huski, I looked to Scandinavian design for inspiration. Bringing in as much timber as possible to warm the space: cladding the ceiling in recycled boards and panelling a breakfast nook.
When I was working at the ABC I noticed that the majority of designers there loved to go skiing, I wonder if it’s being in an environment with minimal visual distractions that appeals. Just nature: trees, snow, a distant lake and the physical exertion that compels you to be in the moment.
Taking photographs for the Instagram feed I deliberately utilised a spare aesthetic; juxtaposing clean snowy shots with warm timber surfaces and cosy interiors.
Even the car parks are beautiful…