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Mountain Majesty

  • Mairi Beautyman

This eclectic Alpine estate is the realization of a couple’s high hopes

When an entrepreneur and his wife sought to build a home in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, they set their sights on one designer. “They said, ‘Can you possibly come over here and have a look at what we are trying to do?’ ” says Anouska Hempel, recalling how her friends—the couple are frequent guests at the Hempel-designed Blakes London hotel—went about inviting her to visit the then empty parcel. Hempel obliged, and she and her namesake London firm then spent more than two years on the architecture, landscaping, and interior design, the latter of which entailed creating most of the home’s custom furnishings. Ultimately, the team translated the husband and wife’s affinity for Hempel’s eclectic style (think Blakes, where every room is unique and accented by pieces from her far-flung travels) into an 11,200-square-foot house, on a 13,400-square-foot lot, that stands tall against a backdrop of the central Alps.  

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