European Wood is 'Top Finish' in Olympic Champion Mikaela Shiffrin's Alpine Dream Home
In addition to breaking the record for most Alpine-skiing victories—male or female—in a season, among other record-setting achievements in the skiing world, she is also sought after as an inspiring yet humble personality, and one of the greatest athletes in the world.
Her most recent big move? ...into her alpine dream home!
Working with expert local businesses in the Vail, Colorado area, the skiing extraordinaire incorporated unique touches, such as special displays for her numerous trophies, and superior materials into her home, making her “Mountain Modern-Euro-Alpine” design vision come true.
An Inside Look of Mikaela Shiffrin's New Home with the TODAY Show
From the European wood by Arrigoni Woods to the individual touches, the exquisitely-designed space offers a relaxing respite from her busy schedule.
Rustic, Eco-Friendly, 100-Year-Old Reclaimed Wood Tells A Story
The choice to use sustainable, reclaimed wood from Austria originated from Mikaela's design taste, through her extensive travels in alpine regions, as well as a commitment to an eco-friendly home. Arrigoni Woods was proud to provide an exceptionally unique and high-quality experience for her home, while adding an authentic, historical background in her modern residence.
Today, we’re taking you behind-the-scenes with Mikaela Shiffrin, and setting the stage for the historical significance of the wood used throughout her home.
As you step into the home, your eye draws to the floor, an old growth Smoked White Oak, finished with Natural Oil — absolutely natural.
Each room has a story, starting with the wood. The hacked wood wall used in Mikaela’s bedroom is a product from Austria. Milled off of 100+ year old beams into paneling — the same for the beams in the living room.
To tell the age of the old wood is by recognizing the old Roman signs that labeled the beams prior to setting them up, as well as the wood connections. Metal had not been used back in the days. The correct wood connection at the correct place of the home was a structural support.
Most of the wood Arrigoni Woods receives from the barns were built in the 1800s. The reason the beams have still held up so well is due to the way they were put together back in the day. Wood structures were built on top of rock supports (as you see in Zermatt) and with large overhangs, to protect the wood from the weather. The wood was installed in a fashion so that it can sustain weather, and it was able to breathe! When wood can breathe, it lives forever!
The shelving in Mikaela Shiffrin’s living room was made from panels from a floor of a cow stable in Adelboden. For 100+ years, cows walked over these planks, and gave it a truly unique texture. None of the reclaimed wood used has any finish. Respecting the wood with its natural color, finding the right wood for the right place, it will truly last forever. The wood flooring is from Admont, located in the middle of the Alps. Admont is a small village in Austria, and from there comes the name Admonter. Arrigoni Woods is the exclusive importer for this great wood product, and we’ve represented Admonter for over 20 years!
Arrigoni Woods was thrilled to work with Mikaela, and to be involved in this exciting project, providing high quality European wood and superior service, to achieve the exact vision she had for her home.