After World War I ended in 1918, the Rothschilds apparently grew tired of crossing into Switzerland for ski trips. The famed banking family took their business just outside Megève, a mountain town near Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, which they turned into France’s answer to St. Moritz. Today, the chalets that pepper the powdery landscape, like this one designed by Chamonix-based architect Alain Mazza, are still a draw for the international jet set. Located three miles outside of Megève and perched over the town of Praz-sur-Arly, the home’s sylvan interiors were designed by Nathalie Oddo and Anne Gernez.
Their vision? A vast, almost ascetic space, brimming with light and open-ended rooms, that treats the architecture as an equal. Color and pattern are mostly elided in favor of unvarnished wood planks that create a unifying, earthy palette. Rows of picture windows overlook the celestial panorama. The warmth and simplicity of the design is born of respect: In an environment such as this, imbued with enough natural beauty to impress the Rothschilds, it’s best to let Mother Nature’s landscaping be the center of attention.
A 1970s Murano chandelier from Stéphane Olivier hangs above a marble-topped table by Bleu Nature in the dining room.
On the balcony—which overlooks the neighboring peaks, including Mont Blanc—the chairs are by Airborne, and the side tables are by Bleu Nature.