Living

Villa on the lake of Zurich

In a nod to life’s true luxuries—time and tranquility—the house was designed with a generous layout and exquisite materials. Lava stone is a recurring element in the lavishly expanded home and garden.

<p>Double-decker beach umbrellas from California, teak furniture from Texas, and an outdoor Tai Ping carpet from Hong Kong set an international tone.</p>

Double-decker beach umbrellas from California, teak furniture from Texas, and an outdoor Tai Ping carpet from Hong Kong set an international tone.

<p>... a lesson in sophistication: the wardrobe, with its imposing Murano glass chandelier by Barovier & Toso in front of hand-painted silk chinoiserie wallpaper...</p>

... a lesson in sophistication: the wardrobe, with its imposing Murano glass chandelier by Barovier & Toso in front of hand-painted silk chinoiserie wallpaper...

<p>... opposite, a ceramic light installation by the New Zealand designer Jeremy Cole illuminates a wall covered in nubuck ...</p>

... opposite, a ceramic light installation by the New Zealand designer Jeremy Cole illuminates a wall covered in nubuck ...

<p>... in the entry, lava stone from the pool and terrace appears in an artfully laid herringbone pattern ...</p>

... in the entry, lava stone from the pool and terrace appears in an artfully laid herringbone pattern ...

<p>... the Ooh La La console by Damien Langlois-Meurinne for Sé is a cool eye-catcher. Ingenious: the mirrored swing door with its inward-shifted pivot point ...</p>

... the Ooh La La console by Damien Langlois-Meurinne for Sé is a cool eye-catcher. Ingenious: the mirrored swing door with its inward-shifted pivot point ...

<p>… it conceals both the cloakroom and the guest bathroom—a true gem with an onyx washbasin and a stunning wallcovering by Nobilis ...</p>

… it conceals both the cloakroom and the guest bathroom—a true gem with an onyx washbasin and a stunning wallcovering by Nobilis ...

<p>... the other side of the swing door is covered in the same silk as the walls. Above it all is Barlas Baylar’s Atlantis chandelier for Terzani ...</p>

... the other side of the swing door is covered in the same silk as the walls. Above it all is Barlas Baylar’s Atlantis chandelier for Terzani ...

<p>... while the light works its way through a network of burnished brass chains, an eye-catching leather handrail leads up the stairs ...</p>

... while the light works its way through a network of burnished brass chains, an eye-catching leather handrail leads up the stairs ...

<p>... the centrepiece of the villa is this hand-tufted silk carpet by Tai Ping, custom-made for the living room ...</p>

... the centrepiece of the villa is this hand-tufted silk carpet by Tai Ping, custom-made for the living room ...

<p>... the graphic design plays off the colours of the room and anchors Rodolfo Dordoni’s sofa landscape for Minotti ...</p>

... the graphic design plays off the colours of the room and anchors Rodolfo Dordoni’s sofa landscape for Minotti ...

<p>... on the other side, behind the room-dividing fireplace in brushed brass, a walnut table invites guests to dinner ...<br></p>

... on the other side, behind the room-dividing fireplace in brushed brass, a walnut table invites guests to dinner ...

<p>... lava stone and eucalyptus wood, which was also used for the fireplace surround, both make a statement in the open kitchen ...</p>

... lava stone and eucalyptus wood, which was also used for the fireplace surround, both make a statement in the open kitchen ...

<p>... the wine cellar is paved with cobblestones made of lava rock. Indirectly illuminated fixtures made of smoked oak store fine wines ...</p>

... the wine cellar is paved with cobblestones made of lava rock. Indirectly illuminated fixtures made of smoked oak store fine wines ...

<p>... the home spa boasts a rain shower and a hammam, a relaxing oasis made entirely of marble ...</p>

... the home spa boasts a rain shower and a hammam, a relaxing oasis made entirely of marble ...

<p>... the bathroom next to it features the same marble design. The indirect lighting emphasises the beautiful grain of the stone ...</p>

... the bathroom next to it features the same marble design. The indirect lighting emphasises the beautiful grain of the stone ...

<p>... in front of the private gym, alabaster wall lights illuminate a kitchenette with cabinet fronts made of filled liquid metal ...</p>

... in front of the private gym, alabaster wall lights illuminate a kitchenette with cabinet fronts made of filled liquid metal ...

<p>... the marble washbasin in the bathroom of the teenage daughter looks as if it were made from one piece, but it actually has drawers ...</p>

... the marble washbasin in the bathroom of the teenage daughter looks as if it were made from one piece, but it actually has drawers ...

<p>... Cini Boeri’s Botolo armchair for Arflex, with pink lambskin, and the Mirror Ball lamp by Tom Dixon vie for attention in the girls’ room ...</p>

... Cini Boeri’s Botolo armchair for Arflex, with pink lambskin, and the Mirror Ball lamp by Tom Dixon vie for attention in the girls’ room ...

<p>... the light installation in the staircase is by Lasvit, a young label that’s undoubtedly part of the avant-garde.</p>

... the light installation in the staircase is by Lasvit, a young label that’s undoubtedly part of the avant-garde.

<p>.... the unusual design, called Bubbles in Space, is by Jitka Kamencová Skuhravá and was crafted by Bohemian glassblowers using traditional techniques ...</p>

.... the unusual design, called Bubbles in Space, is by Jitka Kamencová Skuhravá and was crafted by Bohemian glassblowers using traditional techniques ...

<p>... on the upper deck, the family enjoys the view of the sunny side of Lake Zurich in teak armchairs by Sutherland—the counterpart to the garden furniture ...</p>

... on the upper deck, the family enjoys the view of the sunny side of Lake Zurich in teak armchairs by Sutherland—the counterpart to the garden furniture ...

<p>... one flight up, under the roof, is the parents’ domain. A bathtub clad in eucalyptus and marble beckons to relax ...</p>

... one flight up, under the roof, is the parents’ domain. A bathtub clad in eucalyptus and marble beckons to relax ...

<p>... the washbasin, made of the same striking natural stone, seems to hover above the smoked glass base ...</p>

... the washbasin, made of the same striking natural stone, seems to hover above the smoked glass base ...

<p>... Dornbracht fixtures finished in ruthenium appear almost sculptural and provide a stark contrast ...</p>

... Dornbracht fixtures finished in ruthenium appear almost sculptural and provide a stark contrast ...

<p>... the walk-in shower is made of lava stone, which beautifully retains the heat in the walls when you take a hot shower ...</p>

... the walk-in shower is made of lava stone, which beautifully retains the heat in the walls when you take a hot shower ...

<p>... the fine eucalyptus from the en suite bathroom has also been used in the dressing room. In the centre, an island of drawers ...</p>

... the fine eucalyptus from the en suite bathroom has also been used in the dressing room. In the centre, an island of drawers ...

<p>... you can tell only by the hand-forged handles that there are doors built into the custom-made wall. The ladder is covered in aubergine-coloured leather ...</p>

... you can tell only by the hand-forged handles that there are doors built into the custom-made wall. The ladder is covered in aubergine-coloured leather ...

<p>... an in-house design, the ventilation openings for the air-conditioning system are made from laser-cut eucalyptus wood ...</p>

... an in-house design, the ventilation openings for the air-conditioning system are made from laser-cut eucalyptus wood ...

<p>... behind one of the hidden doors with their characteristic grain—the master bedroom ...</p>

... behind one of the hidden doors with their characteristic grain—the master bedroom ...

<p>… comfort can be so beautiful: A work by London designer Helen Amy Murray adorns the leather-covered headboard</p>

… comfort can be so beautiful: A work by London designer Helen Amy Murray adorns the leather-covered headboard