Mountain Majesty

  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
    The home's gray cement façade Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
    Located directly behind the entrance hall’s slate fireplace is its twin hearth in the 460-square-foot living area. Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
    Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
    In the kitchen, which Hempel describes as “Swiss-Austrian,” wildlife-themed accents lend an air of whimsy. Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
    In the dining area, which Hempel describes as “Swiss-Austrian,” wildlife-themed accents lend an air of whimsy. Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
    One of the house’s overmantel-type designs crowns an open-door view into the entrance hall. Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
    The home’s 4,800-square-foot subterranean level Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
    The property’s wood-burning outdoor fireplace is prominently placed opposite the home’s main entrance Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
    A pair of 500-year-old chests of drawers with mother-of-pearl inlay that Hempel acquired in Damascus Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
    Hempel artfully employed a bi-level terrace framed by walls of lead Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
  • Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel
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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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