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The design is coming to Chamonix

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The design is coming to Chamonix

Jean-Marc Palisse

Chamonix is ​​only reserved for skiers. The alpine resort is also a place for lovers of deco. Between design hotels and trendy restaurants, visitors will take full eyes!

The eternal Alpine chalets are no longer the only form of architecture on the Chamonix slopes. Without denying the past or the classic wooden constructions, the resort's restaurants and design hotels compete with elegance and modernism. Presentation.

Restaurants with irreproachable decor

When the adventurers of Europe have been meeting for a hundred and fifty years in Chamonix, we find ourselves in 2015, in the early morning, to take his coffee at the Bar Elevation 1904 surrounded by a tribe in flip flops - waiting to don hiking shoes - fleece short sleeves and sunglasses. Optional, an ATV. Guides with a British accent, sportsmen of all nationalities in a hurry to fight, Nordic blondes cut for climbing and chamoniards chiselled: it speaks all languages. But it only speaks of mountaineering, the passion that attracts this wildlife sportswear in the former pastoral village, which saw the pioneers drop the 4000 with ropes of hemp and knickers cloth Bonneval.

The dining room of the Heliopic

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The Vintage Grocery Organice

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A youth that is not cold to the eyes impels the Babel mountains arty lifestyle (the graphic designer Charly Adam, climbing photographer Monica Dalmasso at the gallery MB Factory, or concept store Fresh Air), and healthy. Valérie Carrié, ex-lingerie stylist and ultra-trail champion, has opened a retro organic grocery store. It can be used to sniff a centrifuged juice (apple-beet or kale cabbage) or take a vegetarian dish, while the Swedish chef Bizes restaurant offers a gluten-free and lactose-free menu. In the evening, it is at Café Comptoir that we find these hedonistic mountaineers around a kitchen simmered in a chalet all wood, skin and stone, haunted by the silhouette of a deer.

The 4810 Tea Room

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Scandinavian spirit at Faucigny, branch of Héliopic: blond wood, fifties lines, felt shingles, gray and fluffy tones, like an edelweiss

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A mix of design and starry cuisine

After the effort, comfort. Chamonix the sportswoman also likes to get under the (good) tables and walk the soil with a fork. Almost all the chefs of the city have gone through the demanding kitchens of the hamlet Albert 1er, alongside the master dining Pierre Carrier. His son-in-law Pierre Maillet maintains the two Michelin stars without hesitation, his brother Denis has just won his own at the Auberge de Bois Prin and Mickey Bourdillat has been his second for fifteen years before opening his generous Gastronomic Bistrot: the Michelin star the cheapest in France (20 euros the lunch menu). Albert I also trained Julien Binet, who took command of the Heliopic Brigade.

The decorative universe Arpin: the Savoyard spinning mill, specialized in woolen cloth, has extended its range to upholstery fabrics. And supported his monochrome, dominated by red, new colors, such as yellow génépi

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Blond wood and pure lines in the dining room of Albert 1st

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This is not the case of Francine Vandenkoornhuyse at the Discount: she is from the valley and adept at: "Do it simple, it may be good", with herbs from her garden, verbena, sage, lemon balm. Apart from berries, summer fruits, charcuteries and homemade tomes from the Ferme de Vallorcine, from the meadow to the consumer, the austere mountain, difficult to cultivate, offers more perfumes and inspirations than products. Blueberries and raspberries can be found in the Chalet 4810 pastries ... and in the liqueurs and jams of Chalet Payot, a delicatessen that collects all the local flavors. The association Plantes Magiques invites the curious to gather edible or healing herbs in the pastures. But nothing beats the good bread of Gerard Berrux, with rustic cereals crushed under the stone of his mill, to bite to the teeth the taste of the country.

The Pointe Isabelle dining room

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Favorites and local creations at the concept store Fresh Air

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New Wave Hotels in Chamonix

In Chamonix, the mountaineers are not the type to fall asleep in a dormitory. The hamlet Albert 1er shows a certain standing for more than a century, as well as the luxurious Mont-Blanc and its mountain decoration haute couture, signed Sybille de Margerie. The Alps are eternal - especially in the Montenvers, where varnished paneling and cracking parquet plunge visitors into the conquering 19th century - but everywhere else, the rustic gives way to a contemporary vision. At L'Excelsior, renovated this winter, in the last rooms of Bois Prin and in the apartment of Martine at Albert 1st, clean cocoon under the whitewashed framework, mixture of woolen skins and Cassina furniture.

The hotel Pointe Isabelle

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The Café Comptoir in Vallorcine and its baroque and contemporary mountain style

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The Heliopic defends the more Scandinavian option, both retro (fifties furniture and yellow-orange tones) and high-tech in the flashing scrollbands. His little brother, Le Faucigny, in the same Nordic spirit, offers a more intimate stay, family pension trend. The pinnacle of this wave of reinterpretation comes to Pointe Isabelle, revamped in a creative tribute to the romantic destiny of the adventuress Isabella Stratton: the quintessence of sporty elegance in a toile de Jouy with quirky patterns (crampons, ice axes, parasols). Old earthenware, old trunks stacked under the zinc-plated counter and filament bulbs create an all-English chic not without humor and femininity. A real favorite.

Large black and white acrylic canvas by Michel Delamarre

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The Chocolaterie Le Chalet 4810

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