However, thanks to the clever layering of natural finishes and textures, the living spaces are imbued with warmth and an easy-going elegance. New Zealand-grown plantation timber cladding, stained to a soft, lightly weathered-looking shade of grey-brown, underpins the interior palette. An assortment of luxurious textiles and plush furnishings serve to further soften the home’s more severe geometric form.
‘Linen and wool and velvets, some silk, we even used a bit of fur, leather; all sorts of textures,’ says Di.
The colour scheme – a blend of pale neutrals, browns and greys – draws directly from the surrounding landscape. ‘Whenever I do any job, I look at the topography of the place, the architectural intent, where it is, what it’s looking at,’ Di explains. ‘This house is literally pinned back to solid rock, so there’s a lot of earthy tones in there that blend in with the mountain itself.’
While Di was careful to avoid the cliched ski lodge look, the home is quintessentially New Zealand in character, and showcases locally-sourced materials and building techniques. The extensive use of schist stonework, for example, echoes the rocky form of the surrounding environment.
‘Schist is basically a stacked volcanic stone, usually laid using a very thick mortar,’ Di explains. Used in this instance both on the exterior of the home and the fireplace surrounds that dominate either end of the open-plan living space, the stone delivers a rustic, time-worn appeal – the perfect foil to the building’s geometric architecture and contemporary styling.