The experience of ascending a mountain at a ski resort becomes even more immersive and atmospheric when the gondola you’re riding to the peak is outfitted like an adorable miniature cabin. Home technology innovator Nest and Portland-based creative agency Roundhouse took over the inside of a funitel at the Squaw Valley ski resort in California to enhance the skiing experience in an unexpected way.
Roundhouse calls it the “first mountain house in the sky,” turning it into a cozy living room “to show how neglected things, like smoke detectors and thermostats, can be re-imagined as objects of warmth, simplicity, and even beauty.
They lined the interior in pale wood tones, added benches covered in chalet-inspired printed wool from Pendleton, put curtains in the window and even hung details like photo frames and a thermostat. All together, the items used in the project had to remain under 150 pounds to keep the gondola at a safe weight.
Says Nest, “What could be more in need of reinvention than the icy bite of a metal bench so cold you can feel it through your ski pants?” The installation will be in place at the resort for the duration of the 2014-2015 ski season.