It sometimes takes a bit of lateral thinking to achieve a perfect result. By buying two adjoining properties the owners of this lakeside apartment in Geneva have created a penthouse of enviable size and character. A Dusseldorf-based designer not only took charge of the building and decoration, but also advised on furniture and pictures; in so doing he has produced a classic and cohesive interior that is full of character and interest. The narrow-planked teak floors are reminiscent of yacht decking and so lend a lightly nautical feel. Instead of a rug for reception room, a fine taupe carpet made in Belgium was cut and set flush with the boards, tailored, and precise.
Bookcases slide out on hydraulics for every access and a wall of two-way mirror conceals a study, at the same time allowing the owner to see through the living room to the lake beyond. There is a good mixture of antique and contemporary furniture as well as color and pattern. Wool fabric from Osborne & Little and ethic prints from Andrew Martin were used for upholstery, while the bedroom walls are lined in cream Perre Frey flannel. Exquisitely made marble bathroom and a Boti kitchen add to the sense of Luxury.