Perched 2,020m above sea level on the edge of Mt Ruapehu, Knoll Ridge Chalet is New Zealand’s highest dining experience. Accessible by gondola and overlooking breathtaking views of the Pinnacles, the award-winning restaurant boasts natural timber and warm finishes that is juxtaposed to the surrounding environment, put together by designer Jess Interiors.
The Italian designed Babar Chair is featured heavily inside the eatery. Upholstered in a warm leather, the Babar is paired alongside slatted timber banquette seating with built-in planters.
Bringing an eatery to life on top of a frozen mountain is always a challenge. The harsh remote environment, rapidly changing weather and limited road access meant the project required extensive logistical programming to ensure safe delivery and placement. The team used a helicopter to carry loads of furniture to the top of Mt Ruapehu and install it into the restaurant. The end result is a stunning result of innovative teamwork.