Set in beautiful Uzès, L'Albiousse is a lovingly renovated 18th century B&B with an exquisite courtyard and five comfortable bedrooms.
What was the story or inspiration behind Vosges Cabin?
I’ve always enjoyed modern cabins in a natural environment and I had a Pinterest folder where I collected inspiring pictures of minimalist wooden homes. I particularly liked the Scandinavian approach, with simple houses in the middle of nowhere that were very modern and light.
I originally come from Grenoble but live in Strasbourg, from where I discovered the Vosges. The region is quite different from the Alps and similar to the Black Forest — not so high and largely forested — and has a special feeling that’s more like Canada or Scandinavia.
I started looking for a piece of land and was very lucky to find this exceptional one as it’s one of the last with a view of the lake. I worked with a French architect who specialises in simple, minimalist timber houses. The concept was to use nice materials and create beautiful spaces, without the need for it to be luxurious.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design?
There’s a lot of light as there are big windows everywhere, including several window boxes that jut out from the house. As the surrounding land is quite steep, the house enjoys incredible views of Gérardmer and its lake while being directly on the border of the forest. It’s quite unique as you have different views from throughout the house and at night you can see the city lights. You feel close to civilisation but also surrounded by nature.
When designing the house, we wanted to create rooms where large groups could gather, as well as more intimate spaces where individuals or a few people could find privacy. The middle of the house feels like it’s hanging in the air between the two adjoining parts and there’s an eagle’s nest at the highest point where you can look out across the valley and have a quiet moment with a book. Most of the furnishings were made by a carpenter, although there are a few pieces in the kitchen and living area designed specifically for the house by a German-based atelier.
To you personally, what is so special about the house?
The views! It’s in such a unique position and with modern windows that frame the views. You can sit all day and just watch the light and colour of the lake water changing. The house also has a very serene atmosphere. Even if it’s dark and mysterious outside with little sunshine, the interior feels light and serene. It’s a refuge.