Private Residence, Ardez (Switzerland)
Who could resist quaint authenticity of Ardez? The Swiss village has not only resisted becoming a tourist trap, but its fertile ground grows Mirabelle plums and artichokes. In the middle of this town stands a 1660 reduit. Although it stood empty for 60 years, the structure remained relatively intact and unblighted before Duri Vital came along. Vital specializes in unorthodox restorations of old Engadine-style houses, and he immediately got down to work on the reduit, creating a jewel of a home in cooperation with the local historic preservation office, Among the up‐dates: geothermal heat-ing, a high-tech kitchen, and stunning modern bathrooms. And the owners from Zug applied the same level of detail to the furnishings. Guided by a passion for contemporary, timeless design, they deliberately chose USM as their quality accent pieces in pure orange and brown.