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The Totem, an urban-looking loft

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Concrete and design furniture give an urban look to this mountain loft.

Snow Terminal - Totem / L. Di Orio, Arnal C. & DR

Located in a building of the 60s of the Flaine resort, classified as a historic monument, the loft The Totem offers a unique atmosphere where urban and mountain codes mingle with perfection. The decoration of the loft was thought in echo with the concrete architecture driven by Marcel Breuerbut also plunges the visitor into a warm and cozy mountain world. Discover without further delay these 150 m2 atypical.

The starting point of the project to renovate this space into a hotel room was the discovery of a superb period fireplace, created by the famous architect Marcel Breuer. Entirely made of concrete, it inspired the development and decoration of this mountain loft. Around it are gray tones, warm materials, vintage furniture and works of art, in reference to the cultural life of the Station. A space where it is good to rest after a day on the slopes ...

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The Totem, a city apartment in the mountains

The hotel Totem, which houses the loft of the same name, is part of the buildings built in the 60s by the famous architect from the Bauhaus School, Marcel Breuer. Concrete facade, functional character and modernity are the watchwords in this resort of Haute-Savoie. Each building houses a concrete chimney, unique work that bears the signature of Marcel Breuer. When the renovations of the place highlight one of them, the hoteliers do not hesitate to make it a central element. To enhance it, they decide to open the volumes in space, hence the creation of the loft. All the decoration work was then orchestrated around. To recall the omnipresence of concrete in architecture, the choice was made of shades of gray, declined on several subjects. Thus, the long-pile gray carpet meets the ceiling covered with a concrete effect coating.

These low design armchairs are an invitation to relax after a day on the slopes.

Snow Terminal - Totem / L. Di Orio, Arnal C. & DR

The concrete and the designer furniture give an urban air to this mountain loft.

Snow Terminal - Totem / L. Di Orio, Arnal C. & DR

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The loft, a warm and cozy space

To warm up this rather crude environment, hoteliers brought a cocooning spirit to the whole. Thus, they relied on warm elements: a black wood frame, carpet, animal skins and warm fabrics. The curtains, plaids and comfortable seats plunge us into a very warm atmosphere. The vintage furniture, a Charles Eames chest of drawers or reissues of Marcel Breuer style chairs, bring the touch of comfort and design that you expect when you come back from the slopes ...

In one of the rooms, the walls dressed in black, the plaids and curtains of thick fabric, the skin of animal or the carpet create a warm and comfortable environment.

Snow Terminal - Totem / L. Di Orio, Arnal C. & DR

The Totem, a tribute to art in general

In Flaine, visitors will discover a rich art and architecture route, including the presence of monumental sculptures by Pablo Picasso, Victor Vasarely and Jean Dubuffet. One of the works of the latter, "the Boqueteau" and throne in the station. To pay tribute to this artistic heritage, the hoteliers have decided to invite artists to put their paws in the loft The Totem. Thus, we discover the work of a graffiti artist on one of the walls of the room, a true free interpretation of Dubuffet's sculpture. In the same way, the black and white animal skins on the walls are reminiscent of the black and white scrolls of the artist's sculpture. In the dining room, hoteliers invited a photographer with his Asian street scenes, another echo of the urban character that inhabits the space. The art of Native Americans is also staged in the decoration, with some references to the Totem. Ethnic motifs on carpets, throws and curtains, as well as animal skin, are so many references to the name of the place.

In one of the rooms, the work of graffiti artist Wozdat sits on a white wall.

Snow Terminal - Totem / L. Di Orio, Arnal C. & DR

The photographs depicting Asian street scenes also bring a touch of urban style.

Snow Terminal - Totem / L. Di Orio, Arnal C. & DR

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