After a long day on the slopes, a relaxing night in a cosy log cabin immediately comes to mind. But the alpine accomodation has its downsides. A splinter is the last thing you want when you’re trying to enjoy a glass of mulled wine. And you’re always just one stray spark away from a high-altitude bonfire.
But now there’s another option: the decidedly modern West Elm Apartment at Hotham Holidays ski resort on Mount Hotham. It’s an existing top-floor apartment that's been completely refitted in collaboration with furniture and homewares retailer West Elm.
With sweeping mountain views captured through floor-to-ceiling windows, the apartment channels a late-’60s aesthetic: you’ll find cobalt and terracotta walls, plush velvet furniture, brass fittings, metallic accents and faux fur throws. It sleeps up to six guests across two bedrooms.
In the centre of the living room is a statement velvet West Elm Andes sofa, which faces a gas fireplace. In the dining area you’ll find dining chairs in copper velvet and a mid-century bar cart.
Rhys Duggan, the national visual lead at West Elm, oversaw the design for the apartment.
“We wanted to create something really sophisticated, really bold. There’s a lot of contrast, a lot of mid-century styling, so it has a really lush ’60s [and] ’70s feel,” Duggan says. “We’ve used mid-century-styled furniture; really rich fabrics, like ink-blue velvet and Mongolian lamb fur; [and] lots of brass accents in the lighting and the decor.”
Duggan and the design team were directly influenced by the exotic locations depicted in Hollywood movies in the ’60s and ’70s, in particular the James Bond films.
“There’s something very special about travel and that jet-set lifestyle,” says Duggan. “It’s very glamorous, and a little bit over-the-top. It was really about creating drama, and a holiday space that’s private, sophisticated [and] sexy [with] some retro Hollywood touches.”
On a more practical note, there’s also a ski locker and drying facilities for your gear. The apartment’s located within walking distance of the slopes, as well as restaurants, bars, cafes, licensed supermarkets, shops and a day spa. Duggan also considered the natural environment surrounding the apartment when developing the design.
“You actually get to stay right up the top [of the mountain] and have these incredible views of the landscape and the ski slopes right outside,” says Duggan. “The blue colour scheme was very important. When you look out the windows, it’s just crisp white snow – that contrast against the blue is very dramatic.”
A minimum two-night stay at the West Elm Apartment at Hotham Holidays starts from $1,389. Book here.