Immerse yourself in a remarkable short-stay accommodation tucked away in the heart of Thredbo Village. Thoughtfully curated by The Eastern, Thredbo Village, a brand deeply rooted in a profound appreciation for the merging of good design and the great outdoors. This unique retreat offers a captivating adventure base for the discerning modern travellers who yearns for an authentic connection with nature. Perched above the Thredbo River, boasting breathtaking panoramas of the grand Mount Kosciusko, this 40-square-meter haven stands as an extraordinary testament to the visionary partnership of renowned designer Nicholas Gurney and the driving force behind The Eastern, Thredbo Village, Monique Easton.
Originally crafted by the esteemed architects Daryl Jackson and Robin Dyke, Cedar Cabin draws inspiration from the iconic Sea Ranch in California, resulting in a harmonious integration with the surrounding landscape. The cabins gracefully embrace the land, delicately following the natural form of the Thredbo River. However, the interior of the cabin underwent a meticulous redesign to breathe new life into its timeless architecture. With meticulous attention to detail, the new interior was artfully curated to harmoniously complement and accentuate the captivating interplay between the raw and refined elements.
The meticulous redesign aimed to showcase the timeless allure of the space by thoughtfully featuring the exposed feature timbers, blackened steel accents, and the Japanese-inspired onsen bath. As a result, these elements exude the old-world charm and exquisite character, casting a radiant glow that envelops the space with an enchanting ambiance. A nod to the legacy of the Sea Ranch inspiration is found in a collaborative masterpiece, as Monique teamed up with artist Shal (Shaun Daniel Allen) to create a mesmerising mural on the loft wall. Shal's fluid, undulating shapes and expressive lines mirror the rhythmic flow of rivers and oceans, evoking a sense of tranquility and serenity.
Following its remarkable redesign in 2018, Cedar Cabin achieved a well-deserved position on the esteemed shortlist for the prestigious Australian Interior Design Award (AIDA) in 2019, standing as a testament to its exceptional residential design.
Monique Easton, a photographer, and design enthusiast, stands as the visionary driving force behind The Eastern, Thredbo Village brand, skill-fully breathing life into her creative vision with the creation of Cedar Cabin. As a devoted Thredbo skier and an ardent admirer of design and snow, Easton possesses an unwavering passion for the profound impact of exceptional design in elevating experiences and cultivating a profound connection with the outdoors.
Crafted with couples in mind, Cedar Cabin exudes an alluring aesthetic defined by clean lines and an understated colour palette, intentionally designed to accentuate the breathtaking vistas of Thredbo Resort and the majestic Mount Kosciuszko.
The transformation of the cabin's interior unfolds with an innovative spirit, starting with the kitchen area. Departing from the conventional L-shaped layout, a dynamic configuration takes center stage, featuring a 'dry' utility wall and a 'wet' island that cleverly incorporates a dining component. This design allows for the expansion of the kitchen during cooking, effortlessly dissembles when it's time to dine. Delicate perforations in the cabin's structure invite soft, dappled lighting, ensuring privacy while creating a captivating visual allure that sets it apart from neighbouring cabins.
In the washroom, guests are treated to a lavish bathing experience amidst glazed Japanese ceramics and polished cement sheeting that adorns the walls. The addition of a blackened steel shroud, echoing the folded steel detail found in the kitchen and loft credenza, infuses an element of sophistication and visual continuity throughout the cabin. Ascending to the loft area, a minimalist design ethos prevails, showcasing a bespoke bed and credenza.
Sustainability takes center stage as a fundamental consideration in this project. The design thoughtfully champions the local design industry by incorporating lighting fixtures and tap-ware. Moreover, an emphasis on green and non-disposable products, coupled with energy consumption offsetting, exemplifies the unwavering commitment to eco-friendly practices.
Cedar Cabin is a sanctuary that caters to a diverse array of clientele, as Thredbo has evolved into a year-round destination that transcends the boundaries of the ski season. Its design showcases a seamless fusion of sturdy, industrial materials and delicate precision, resulting in a captivating gender-neutral aesthetic. This unique combination makes it the perfect retreat for outdoor enthusiasts and festivalgoers alike, appealing to a broad spectrum of guests who yearn for an extraordinary experience amidst the breathtaking beauty of nature.
Discover an unparalleled experience at Cedar Cabin, where design, sustainability, and nature unite harmoniously.
Designers: Nicholas Gurney & Monique Easton
Photography: Monique Easton
Mural Artist: Shaun Daniel Allen