This Aspen Residence Emphasizes Indoor/Outdoor Living –

One Aspen takes its name from the historic Lift One, installed on Aspen Mountain in 1946. Once the longest ski lift on the planet, Lift One transformed Aspen into an iconic ski resort that grew into one of the most coveted in the world. In 1971, the old Lift One was replaced by the improved Lift 1A, and the lift that launched the Aspen legend earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, One Aspen welcomes fourteen families to share in the one opportunity to own a piece of Aspen’s rich history within a contemporary on-mountain retreat.

The fourteen residences of One Aspen mimic the lines of their mountain backdrop. These mountain retreats step up the slope sides, allowing each home to have its own distinctive identity. Four understated buildings create a curated collection of connected homes, surrounded by canopied trees and lush greenery. Flow-through floorplans range from 4,385 – 5,920 square feet, showcasing the modern lines and minimalist design of contemporary mountain living.

The design emphasizes indoor/outdoor living, fulfilling dreams of mountain dwelling. Ride the elevator up to the main living quarters, where inspiring views of Aspen Mountain’s beautiful landscape loom large. Escape to a private terrace and soak in the silence of the setting amid the fresh alpine air. The ultimate expression of modern living beckons atop your exclusive rooftop living space—a serene sanctuary above it all, surrounded by unobstructed mountain and sunset panoramas.

Modern, sophisticated and understated, the fourteen residences of One Aspen are architectural gems that set the tone for the new Aspen aesthetic. Lofty ceilings and giant picture windows bring the outdoors in, framing snowy mountain vistas and flooding living spaces with natural light. Sleek lines, extensive metal detailing and creative lighting enhance artistic spaces. Natural Colorado stone, rich millwork and deep wood tones echo the surroundings. Forms reach up and out, complementing rather than competing with the alpine setting. Generously sized gourmet kitchens and lavish spa-like baths feature luxury brands and innovative touches. Every element from fixtures to finishes elevates Aspen décor for modern tastes.

Address: 755 S Aspen St., Unit A, Aspen, CO 81611

Price: $15,750,000

For more information, please contact Maureen Stapleton at 970.948.9331 or [email protected]

Maureen Stapleton is the exclusive agent representing the Aspen, CO real estate market as a member of the Haute Residence Real Estate Network. View all of her listings here.

Photos courtesy of Maureen Stapleton

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Kanye West is designing Star Wars–themed affordable housing – The Architect’s Newspaper

By () • July 11, 2019

Buildings in Tunisia that were used as a set for Tatooine in the first Star Wars. Unfortunately, this isn’t exactly what Kanye wants to build. (yovanson/Wikimedia Commons)

Not content with a sneaker empire, Kanye West has entered the affordable housing game with structures straight out of Star Wars.

In a profile of the rapper-producer, designer, and business mogul, Forbes writer Zack O’Malley Greenburg described how West drove him to a wooded area near his home in Calabasas, California, to show him prototypes for igloo-like modular housing units that the author compared to what was found on Tatooine, Star Wars protagonist Luke Skywalker’s home planet. While West didn’t provide images of the top-secret structures, in the original Star Wars, Tatooine is a desert planet populated by humans and other settlers who live in groups of adobe huts with rounded roofs. In actuality, the movie was shot in the deserts of Tunisia, where George Lucas took inspiration from the country’s vernacular architecture to build the structures and vehicles of Tatooine.

West’s minimalist concept models—there were three of them in the woods—will we deployed as low-income housing if the project moves forward. According to the article, West is hoping to lure deep-pocketed investors from San Francisco to bankroll construction but hasn’t managed to land any yet.

According to Greenburg, the homes resemble “the skeletons of wooden spaceships … each oblong and dozens of feet tall.” West said they could be dwelled in at-grade or submerged in the earth and daylit from up top.

This isn’t West’s first foray into architecture or affordable housing design, and marks a notable departure from what he’s shown in the past. Last year, he founded his own architecture studio, Yeezy Home (Yeezy is West’s pseudonym), and soon after West and four collaborators revealed renderings of concrete-paneled affordable housing around a courtyard. The stark interiors are similar to the ones in the celebrity’s own California home, designed in collaboration with Axel Vervoordt.

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Sweden’s Viking-Inspired Arctic Bath Is Now Taking Reservations – The Manual

When Game of Thrones wrapped earlier this year, fans began feverishly seeking ways to live out their Westeros-inspired fantasies in real life. We’ve already seen a GoT-inspired ice hotel, a John Varvatos designer clothing collaboration, and even custom Fender guitars. Beginning next year, fans can add one more way at a Viking-inspired floating spa on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Sure, it’s not technically Game of Thrones related, but we imagine the spa’s designers have watched more than a few episodes.

Swedish Lapland is renowned as one of the most pristine and naturally beautiful destinations in the world. It’s a fitting location for an exclusive, world-class wellness retreat like Arctic Bath Hotel & Spa. When it opens, the boutique spa will accommodate a limited number of guests at one time. Inside the circular structure will be a single spa treatment room, four saunas, hot and cold baths, indoor and outdoor showers, and two dressing rooms. Several specialty wellness treatments, including “bespoke crystal healing sessions” will also be available. The unique center “courtyard” features an open roof allowing guests to sunbathe, icebathe, or stargaze in seclusion after their treatments.

The complex also features six luxury hotel rooms allowing guests to extend their stay beyond a mere day trip to the spa. All feature sleek, minimalist Scandinavian designs with modern furnishings, wood-burning fireplaces, and oversized windows for Zen-like views of Lule River. The guestrooms and spa will be open year-round — floating on the river in summer, frozen into the ice in the dead of winter.

Johan Kauppi

On paper, the spa seems like almost any other modern high-end wellness retreat. What sets it apart, however, is the stunning circular exterior which could easily double as some otherworldly royal home from the Seven Kingdoms. The one-of-a-kind design recalls Northern Sweden’s timber floating era which involved floating felled trees downriver for processing. It’s fantastical, futuristic, and unlike any other spa we’ve ever seen.

We first reported on Arctic Bath Hotel & Spa in 2017 when it was just a concept. It’s taken two long years for the design to come to fruition, and for the hotel to open for reservations. But patience is required, as it’s going to be another eight months before the first guests check in.

Not surprisingly, living like Viking royalty doesn’t come cheap. A three-day package including overnight accommodations in a floating/frozen cabin, nightly five-course dinners, a guided trek to spot the Northern Lights, ground transportation, and, of course, spa treatments will run nearly $5,000. Reservations can be booked through Off the Map Travel for stays beginning in February 2020.

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DAH Architecture’s Glamorgan House Is Minimalist Perfection – Opumo

DAH Architecture’s Glamorgan House shows the versatility of a minimalist approach to any design. The previously dilapidated Queenslander house has been completely transformed into a spacious, bright modern property. Situated on a steep slope in Paddington, Brisbane, the house copes with irregular space masterfully, taking it in its stride and maximising the possibilities.

Beginning with the facade of the property, the minimalist aesthetic is immediately apparent. The simple black and white colour palette stands out against the surrounding dusty pastels. This immaculate visual experience continues on the interior by Elm Interiors. Dark wooden floors add a warmth to the white walls and black details while extensive glazing siphons in swathes of natural light.


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The spacious, double-height kitchen and living room area is a highlight. The kitchen leads into a semi-outside dining area that overlooks the opulent swimming pool. Separated by an uneven glass wall, the dining room blurs the boundary between interior and exterior – a great value in a plot with limited space like this.

The original plot, although not extensive, has been transformed into a space that feels vast. Through expert interior design choices such as the restrained colour palette and the pared-back furniture, David Hansford lends the property the illusion of space. In turn, Glamorgan has a decidedly relaxed feeling, the architectural equivalent of taking a deep breath and slowing everything down.

Effortlessly stylish, full of light and room, Glamorgan is a persuasive argument for the minimalist cause.

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What Are the Best Armchairs Under $1,000? – New York Magazine

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Buying furniture can be overwhelming, especially when there are so many options out there, and at wildly varying price points to boot. To help find well-made, nice-looking stuff that won’t break the bank, we’ve already called on interior designers to share their favorite table lamps, floor lamps, and living room décor. We even put ten flat-pack sofas to the test. Which got us thinking: what about that other living-space staple, the armchair?

To find chairs that look nice, feel great to sit on, and are also affordable, we spoke with nine interior designers about their favorites. Read on for their 24 picks, which suit practically every décor aesthetic — including mid-century modern, contemporary, boho, and traditional — and, for the most part, won’t cost you more than $1,000.

Anthropologie Linen Haverhill Chair

Mid-century modern design, with its minimalist lines and clean Scandinavian vibes, works in just about any space. If you’re partial to the style but want a little more flair, this wood-framed chair is a great option. Metal accents upgrade the otherwise classic mid-century piece, which Cassie Thibault, a designer at interior-design-service website Modsy, recommends. “The tufted back, brass accents, tapered legs, and wide seat can work for an array of customers.”

$798 at Anthropologie


Anthropologie Kamara Leather-Loomed Chair

If you’re looking for a leather chair but don’t necessarily want to spend the money, Modsy designer Joslynn Durant recommends this piece from Anthropologie. “The woven leather straps make it more affordable than a solid leather chair but just as durable, so it works well for families with children and those who entertain often,” she says, adding that “the leather will just wear and get better with time.” Plus, she adds, it’s surprisingly comfortable.

$998 at Anthropologie


Lulu & Georgia Larabee Arm Chair

Here’s another chair with mid-century modern leanings, this time with an earthy oak frame and burnt-auburn velvet upholstery that make it feel organic. Shelly Lynch-Sparks, founder of interior design studio Hyphen, recommends it because it’s “fun, simple, and doesn’t take up too much space” — crucial if you live in a city apartment. We love that it’s also one of the least expensive offerings in this roundup.

$549 at Lulu & Georgia


The Inside Cocktail Chair

This cocktail chair has a mod silhouette, but it’s the Scalamandré print that takes it to the next level. “The deep green background with full-bodied cheetahs is the perfect statement piece for any classic collector,” says Alessandra Wood, Modsy’s VP of style.

$599 at The Inside


Room & Board Sore Lounge Chair

Interior designer Dani Arps recommends this walnut chair for its “classic mid-century modern appeal” and “beautiful profile.” We like that the Vermont-made piece has a bit of a Shaker spirit to it, making it a great chair for a transitional décor scheme.

$999 at Room & Board


Joybird Soto Chair

Modsy designer Megan Huffman recommends this mid-century modern–inspired piece for its sleek and comfortable design. It features a solid walnut wood frame and the option to customize the upholstery, which means that it can be adapted for any lifestyle or décor scheme.

$949 at Joybird


Industry West Finn Lounge Chair

While it’s just a smidgen over $1,000, the Finn Lounge Chair, with a frame made from European white oak and leather cushions sourced from a small family tannery, would lend a sophisticated Scandinavian feel to any room. “This is one of my favorite pieces,” says Arps. “It’s so well priced and the quality is insane.”

$1,050 at Industry West


Classic Mid-Century Walnut & White Vinyl Lounge Chair

If you want to go the custom route without paying too much, Lynch-Sparks suggests buying a vintage piece like this and redoing the upholstery in discounted fabric from a place like Stitchroom.

$457 at Furnish Green


Geraldo de Barros Midcentury Brazilian Armchair in Tubular Metal

Keren Richter of design studio the White Arrow also prefers to source vintage pieces for her projects. “It’s a surefire way to have something in your home that tells a story without sacrificing quality,” she says. She likes this vintage mid-century piece by Brazilian modernist Geraldo De Barros. With a tubular metal frame and a graphic print, it makes a statement without being too loud. “The silhouette and upholstery feel incredibly fresh,” says Richter. The price is right, too.

$667 at 1st Dibs


Anthropologie Effie Tripod Chair

If you’re looking for accent chairs that reinterpret the past but are a bit more surprising in their shapes, consider these contemporary designs. Sisters Hollister and Porter Hovey, the duo behind design-and-staging company Hovey Design, “love the sexiness of ’70s décor,” and suggest Anthropologie’s update of Vladimir Kagan’s tripod club chair for its fun black-and-white pattern that makes a big impact. “We’d recommend searching for the real thing,” they say, “but this is fun and you’ll know you can get an exact pair.” Modsy’s Huffman also recommends the Effie chair, saying that it “would make a great focal point for any room.”

$798 at Anthropologie


Lulu & Georgia Krista Chair

Modsy designer Joslynn Durant loves this chair for its “modern rustic” look. “It’s the kind of chair that has an understated sophistication with its clean wood frame and cozy, plush cushions,” she says. We also like that it has a laid-back, West Coast vibe.

$802 at Lulu & Georgia


West Elm Highline Chair

$480 (was $599, now 20% off)

With a heftier metal frame, this upholstered chair from West Elm is Wood’s pick for a look that’s “sleek and modern with a minimalist edge.” It’s also “reminiscent of Milo Baughman’s mid-century designs,” according to Wood, but updated.

$480 at West Elm


CB2 Halo White Snow Armchair

Modsy’s Huffman recommends this armchair from CB2 for its oversize arms and gold accents. “The velvet upholstery lends a refined and elegant style,” she adds.

$899 at Cb2


Blu Dot Neat Lounge Chair

This completely upholstered lounge chair reminds us a little of preschool, but in the best way. Arps likes it for its “quirky” and “super modern” quality. Covered in a felt-wool blend that comes in a range of colors, it would look as charming in a kids’ room as it would in a grown-up parlor.

$799 at Blu Dot


France & Son Caleb Accent Chair

“I love the contrast between this armchair’s minimal iron frame and rich textural faux-shearling,” Richter says of this (admittedly armless) chair upholstered in a cozy faux-fur propped up by slim iron legs.

$480 at France & Son


Article Matrix Chair

Lynch-Sparks recommends this velvet armchair from Article that comes in a range of fun jewel tones, plus shipping is fast and the quality is great. And for $599, it sounds like a steal.

$599 at Article


Memoky Augustine Swivel Chair

Like a big comfy club chair, but updated for contemporary living. “I love the rich navy fabric, minimal silhouette, and channeled upholstery of this one,” says Richter.

$860 at Memoky


Hem Hai Chair

While this chair costs slightly more than $1,000, we’re giving it a pass because it’s so versatile. Designed by Luca Nichetto for Hem, it features a molded upholstered body with the slenderest steel frame to create a piece that’s off-kilter in a delightful way. “This is great if you love the Scandinavian aesthetic,” says Arps.

$1,399 at Hem


Cost Plus World Market Natural Rattan Rachelle Chair – Set Of 2

$160 (was $320, now 50% off)

If the boho look is more your speed, try rattan furniture, which feels simultaneously relaxed and festive. It can also be inexpensive, like this set of curvy chair from Cost Plus World Market, the Hovey sisters’ choice for more affordable rattan pieces. On sale for $160 for a set of two, it’s a total bargain — and much cheaper than the cost of flying to an exotic island resort.

$160 at Cost Plus World Market


Urban Outfitters Marte Lounge Chair

Richter also recommends rattan furniture, like this oversize lounge chair that’s Urban Outfitters’ affordable “take” on Jan Bočan for Thonet. The thick black frame creates a striking contrast with the lighter seat and back panels and would work in a variety of interiors.

$379 at Urban Outfitters


Orchid Edition Hublot Rattan Armchair

Or try this inviting bent-wood accent chair from French brand Orchid Edition that Richter also likes. Designed by Guillaume Delvigne, it features baked rattan and foam back and seat pads in a pleasing mustard yellow. Consider it an upgrade of the World Market pair.

$970 at Orchid Edition


Fox Chair Viggo Boesen for Sika-Design

This rattan chair was originally designed by Viggo Boesen for Danish furniture company Sika Design, and won a design competition put on by the Danish wicker guild back in 1936. And although it’s made completely of rattan and wicker, it is “sculptural and surprisingly comfy,” according to the Hovey sisters, who say that rattan pieces “work in countless settings. We’ve used the Fox chair in a brutalist concrete townhouse, numerous new white box condos and pre-war and moldings-laden townhouses.”

$980 at Danish Design Store


Pottery Barn Aiden Upholstered Armchair

$599 (was $699, now 14% off)

If you’re looking for a more classic silhouette, Huffman recommends this upholstered option from Pottery Barn that has plump seat cushions. “It’s the perfect transitional piece for any home” due to its “sloping armrests and streamlined profile,” she says.

From $599 at Pottery Barn


Interior Define Henry Accent Chair

Durant recommends this “big boy chair” for anyone who wants to lounge or simply feel enveloped. The boxy frame with wide arms and a deep seat works with both contemporary and transitional styles. And the option to customize fabrics means that “you don’t have to choose between durability and aesthetics,” according to Durant.

$895 at Interior Define


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