Kitchens in mountain homes: four designs for a designer chalet
Not just wood any more. The kitchens in mountain homes are now also opening up to new materials and styles. For environments where tradition talks to design and technology.
Wood, wood and even more wood…. This is the first material that comes to mind when we think about the kitchen in a mountain home. Warm and welcoming, wood has always been considered the most suitable choice for furnishing kitchens of mountain chalets. Or, at least, that’s how it used to be. Because mountain homes are no longer only furnished in “total wood”. The classic rustic style is now set off against a more current style, combining design and functionality. In contemporary mountain homes, the wood of the surfaces lives in harmony alongside furniture with essential lines and materials with a metropolitan flavour, such as steel or cement.
In particular, steel is now the trendiest material in designer chalet kitchens. Mainly for style reasons. In fact, steel creates a strong but very effective contrast with wood. Wood adds warmth to steel and enriches it with soft amber reflections. Finally, a stainless steel kitchen is practical, versatile and extremely resistant. Its resistance and the fact that it is so easy to clean stainless steel makes it the ideal material not only for professional kitchens, but also for those used rarely or even just during weekends or holidays.
Some examples? Let’s have a look together at four mountain homes with stainless steel kitchens. Four designs created for anyone looking for style and design also in a chalet, but without forgoing the warmth of tradition.
Four designer chalet kitchens
1. Kitchens in contemporary mountain homes
Wooden floors, minimal furnishings with clear cut lines and large windows framing everything. We’re in a chalet in Innsbruck, a house on different levels with an essential but warm style, where the real attraction is the surrounding landscape.
The top floor of the house is dedicated to the kitchen. A very bright and panoramic environment where a sculpted island shaped kitchen with orbitally polished steel topped by a long hood stands out. A finish which, as well as reducing the visibility of fingerprints and scratches, gives the surface a warmer appearance.
The model is Ego by Abimis, the kitchen with rounded lines inspired by a 1950s style design. But, it’s a designer kitchen that still boasts the same performance levels as a professional kitchen. In fact, the distinguishing feature of this model is the doors with rounded corners and flush edges built into the structure, invisible pivot hinges, ergonomic handles, top without gaps to make cleaning easier and a recessed skirting board for accessing the entire depth of the work area.
A heated compartment has also been added to complete the composition. This way you can enjoy your food at the right temperature without having to warm it up.
2. Chalet kitchens between contemporaneity and tradition
A mountain hut in La Thuile, in Val d’Aosta, where contemporaneity goes hand in hand with tradition. Dressed in sober tones and with furnishings that have a clear cut design, this mountain home maintains various references to classic Alpine style, from the rough wood table to the fur rug on the floor. A dialogue that also gets on perfectly in the kitchen.
This small kitchen is in the Abimis Atelier line, the line with squared shapes that can be totally customized in terms of materials and finishes. And it was made to measure to make the most of the small area available.
Hence the choice of a U-shaped configuration covering every millimetre of space to accompany the interior window ledges, transforming them into work surfaces, and a cabinet camouflaged into the wall so as not to visually overload the environment.
But the real heart of the kitchen in this chalet lies in the mix of materials. Made of AISI 304 stainless steel, like all Abimis kitchens, this composition is marked by a white Carrara marble top in the snack area and a wooden cladding with interwoven micro-texture inspired by the textile world. A pattern designed to create continuity with the living area, from which it gets the same rustic style.
3. Kitchens in mountain homes inspired by tradition
A steel kitchen can also be fitted into a house with traditional Alpine style. Like in this mountain hut in the heart of Moena, owned by a family of mountain lovers from Treviso.
The house, which has been completely renovated, maintains various elements of the original architecture and still has the original materials and doors and windows. The rough wood furnishings and some vintage pieces, such as the stove, create a rustic, informal and welcoming atmosphere.
In perfect harmony with the typical style of mountain huts, the kitchen reflects the traditional mood of the rest of the house. It is the Atelier model of Abimis, designed here in a linear composition made of satin-finish steel upper wall units and fir wood bases, the same essence used to cover the floor. Further reinforcing the rustic atmosphere is the white 1960s kitchen that furnished the house before it was renovated. A reference to the old style domestic hearth in dialogue with the other vintage furnishing elements of the chalet.
It’s a kitchen with traditional aesthetics but that still boasts the same performance levels as a professional kitchen.
4. Kitchens in mountain homes with a metropolitan style
Although wood still remains the main feature in designer mountain homes, there are some people who prefer to leave it behind in favour of a decisive metropolitan style. This is what has happened in this chalet in Brunico, in Val Pusteria, where the kitchen is located inside a contemporary environment with resin floors and neutral coloured walls.
The kitchen chosen for this attic among the mountains of Alto Adige is Ego by Abimis, a 1950s style line. To furnish the space three orbitally polished stainless steel blocks were chosen, each intended for a different function: preparation and washing, cooking and storage. Like all Abimis kitchens, this one is also a kitchen that is entirely made to measure.
The work top is deeper than usual in order to facilitate the movement of the person cooking. The built-in top and doors with flush edges simplify the cleaning operations. The rounded corners guarantee utmost safety. The skirting board recessed by 20 cm enables the whole depth of the work area to be exploited.
It is a kitchen that combines functionality, ergonomics and aesthetics.
5. Kitchens in designer mountain homes
The fireplace, welcoming wooden surfaces and design furnishings. There are many ingredients that make this house among the mountains of Cortina special. An elegant chalet in contemporary style, surrounded by large windows with a view of the surrounding landscapes.
Facing the living area, the kitchen is designed to communicate harmoniously with the other environments in the house. It is the Ego model by Abimis made of orbitally polished steel, proposed here in a compact linear configuration, with a built-in fridge and oven column. A composition entirely made to measure, in order to accompany the panoramic window positioned above the washing area and the work area.
Inspired by the rounded lines of the 1950s, Ego kitchen are a perfect blend of design and high performance. Designed to satisfy the requirements of all gourmet lovers, Abimis kitchens can also comprise various professional devices, upon request. For example, the Unox casa professional ovens have been chosen in this model. For cooking like a real chef in the mountains too.
Abimis kitchens for mountain homes
Abimis kitchens based on professional models are an excellent choice for mountain homes. Made of AISI 304 stainless steel, they are extremely resistant and practical to clean. The measurements, finishes and colours can be fully personalised in order to adapt to all tastes and styles. And they can reach any location through the transport service completely tailored to the customer’s requirements.
No peak is unreachable for Abimis…
Abimis also delivers its kitchens to the most remote houses at the top of the mountains. And it can do so all year round! In fact, when the kitchen can’t be delivered with traditional methods, it can be transported by helicopter or snowcat!