RU: How did Casa Gstaad come into existence?
AC: It was very spontaneous. There was this cute historical building in the middle of town that I wanted to rent but ended up buying and meticulously restoring it to its original beauty. I wanted to create a space that married the traditional look of the region with something more contemporary.
RU: Is Casa Gstaad a showroom?
AC: Yes. I commissioned seven pieces you can build a house around, specifically for Casa Gstaad. I’d describe the collection as having an old-world ski aesthetic in a neutral palette but with striking elements such as bronze and lava stone. It’s a furniture collection that embodies a modern, minimalist alpine way of life and consists of the basic things you need for a house (table, coffee table, sofa etc). This collection, along with smaller pieces such as ceramics and collaborations, is what we show.
RU: You have an amazing eye for collecting vintage and antique furniture and then uniquely restoring them. Where do you find all these incredible pieces?
AC: I spend a lot of time at flea markets. But I think, as with everything in life, it’s not just about the value of things. Of course, I love really designed pieces, and I recognise the talent and artistry that goes into certain styles, but flea markets offer a way of mixing your aesthetic so the look isn’t so rigid. They create a more relaxed impression when styled among expensive collectables.
RU: What’s the best way to shop at a flea market?
AC: Rule number one is you have to know what you’re looking for and what you need. Even if you see a great product, focus specifically on what you came to find (unless it’s something exceptional). Remember where you want the pieces you’re looking for to go and the kind of look you’re aiming for, and don’t deviate from the big idea.