The ski lodge has gotten a seriously glam makeover with the new Viceroy Snowmass hotel in Colorado. The dramatic design by Jean-Michel Gathy is in keeping with the hotel group’s uber-luxury properties that are favorites with the jet set crowd. Set right on the slopes, each of the 173-room units range in size from studios to 4-bedrooms, and boast fireplaces and small kitchens. The guest rooms have a lighter more ski-retreat feel than the sexy public spaces. Not a lot of design ideas to take home, but definitely lots of inspiration.
Beds with built-in drawers were last big in the 70s, but these versions with mocha leather drawers are incredibly practical, and cool in their own way. Perfect storage for bulky ski boots and gear, they are made by commercial contract furniture maker Mark David.
The Philippe Starck designed tub for Duravit makes the bathroom. The walls in the bath are grooved black slate. Love the pop of color from the red garden stool, I found a similar one from Burke Decor.
Kelly Wearster designed the hotel’s dazzling Nest Sushi restaurant. The white stained oak walls, pale Cippilino stone bar, and green-stained concrete floors, beautifully reflect the hues of the bright snowy slopes and pine trees outside. The to-die-for antique brass light fixtures are custom designed by Kelly, while the tables and chairs were the vision of Eric Brand.
Everywhere you look in the sexy Eight-K Bar & Library there are dramatic details. A basket-woven leather ceiling is overhead, while a graphic rug from Meridian Accents is underfoot. Plush faux fur throws were made by Schwimmer Drapery (if you like these check out the awesome and inexpensive Dennis Basso versions on QVC). The double-side fireplace features walnut, bronze, steel and calf hide panels.
The lobby has a very urban feel with sleek, green leather wingchairs, circular drum coffee tables (West Elm has a cool pale wood version of these), and striking contemporary art from Eaton Fine Art. In a nod to the outdoors, a birch tree wall is wrapped with copper and leather. But the most stunning detail is the cylindrical glass-enclosed fireplace. Amazing.
It is definitely a space for people who crave a lively scene as much as great skiing. Would love to hear your thoughts on the space. Too urban chic for the slopes? Or the perfect combination of daytime outdoor fun with a cool apres ski scene?