The cabin still stands proudly on the island today with a small stone wall around it and while the 97-year-old designer has cut back on summer visits to the retreat his family still values it incredibly! With majestic cathedral ceilings a large glass wall that brings the outdoors inside and warm wooden surfaces the cabin was inspired by Risom’s early life in Denmark and its idyllic summer homes.
The idea behind the design of the house was to create a setting that encouraged interaction among the family members and steered them toward a more unassuming relaxed lifestyle. From the outside the house looks barely spectacular but surprises you with a fascinating blend of and on the inside.
Additions like the bookcase on the home office level (built out of harvested birch trunks and glass panels) give the interior a distinct ambiance. Most of the colors are inspired by the many sights and sounds outside while iconic decor additions brilliant lighting and sculptural features like the spiral staircase elevate the appeal of the contemporary villa. Sliding frames with wooden slats shape the façade of the home while allowing those inside to switch between complete seclusion and unabated views with ease.
The mood of the airy and modern living room swerves in a slightly different direction as the floorplan moves into the more traditional study. Lined with bookshelves the cozy space can be closed off with heavy curtains to become a private performance area. A small nook serves as a contemplative desk area to compose music and french doors reveal a small balcony for when a break is needed.
High ceilings large shelves that reach all the way to the top and a warm color palette with jewel-toned decor were used by Jessica Helgerson Interiors Design to get the job done. As a tribute to the residence’s past ladders are added to each room giving the home an interesting appeal.