Back Down to Earth

Episode 8/8 - 2m39s
In short:

While the teams take down the climber’s abode, Anne Leitzgen and Kenton Cool discuss the remarkable adventure.

Head in the Clouds

Episode 7/8 - 3m35s
In short:

The film crew prepares to shoot the TV commercial featuring Kenton, but the weather conditions are risky.

The extreme omelette

Episode 6/8 - 3m13s
In short:

Kenton Cool tastefully inaugurates his new kitchen.

A Rush of Adrenaline

Episode 5/8 - 3m16s
In short:

The big day has arrived! The technicians and guides make their way up Mount Parmelan to install Kenton Cool’s temporary new home.

A design which can achieve anything

Episode 4/8 - 2m27s
In short:

In the Alsatian town of Sélestat (France), the technical teams study the bespoke kitchen’s ergonomics and complex structure.

High-Risk Location Scouting

Episode 3/8 - 2m50s
In short:

The teams head for L’aiguille de Varan peak to examine the area, but things don’t go as planned.

An atypical briefing meeting

Episode 2/8 - 2m24s
In short:

Kenton Cool visits the Schmidt headquarters to brief the project team.

The greatest of encounters

Episode 1/8 - 1m49s
In short:

Kenton Cool shares his vision of rock climbing.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Schmidt describes the birth of this remarkable project.

Vertical Home

Only Schmidt could handle the mind-blowing challenge of installing a bespoke kitchen and wardrobe at 1,825 meters above sea level for Kenton Cool! 8 breath-taking episodes reveal the extraordinary adventure of designing this ultra personalised kitchen and wardrobe set, and hoisting them up a cliff for a renowned rock climber to enjoy sky-high scrambled eggs!

The most extreme project ever designed by Schmidt. An ultra personalised kitchen and wardrobe set installed at an altitude of 1825m for the renowned climber Kenton Cool. Discover the adventure through 8 breathtaking episodes.

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The greatest of encounters

Episode 1/8 - 1m49s
In short:

Kenton Cool shares his vision of rock climbing.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Schmidt describes the birth of this remarkable project.

An atypical briefing meeting

Episode 2/8 - 2m24s
In short:

Kenton Cool visits the Schmidt headquarters to brief the project team.

High-Risk Location Scouting

Episode 3/8 - 2m50s
In short:

The teams head for L’aiguille de Varan peak to examine the area, but things don’t go as planned.

A design which can achieve anything

Episode 4/8 - 2m27s
In short:

In the Alsatian town of Sélestat (France), the technical teams study the bespoke kitchen’s ergonomics and complex structure.

A Rush of Adrenaline

Episode 5/8 - 3m16s
In short:

The big day has arrived! The technicians and guides make their way up Mount Parmelan to install Kenton Cool’s temporary new home.

The extreme omelette

Episode 6/8 - 3m13s
In short:

Kenton Cool tastefully inaugurates his new kitchen.

Head in the Clouds

Episode 7/8 - 3m35s
In short:

The film crew prepares to shoot the TV commercial featuring Kenton, but the weather conditions are risky.

Back Down to Earth

Episode 8/8 - 2m39s
In short:

While the teams take down the climber’s abode, Anne Leitzgen and Kenton Cool discuss the remarkable adventure.

Kenton Cool, a mountaineer unlike anyone else

Born in Berkshire in 1973, Kenton Cool’s father was a photographer and his mother was a florist.

Since then, he has become one of the world’s best high-altitude alpine climbers, the ultimate rock-climbing expert.

He has successfully scaled Mount Everest 13 times, but he has also mastered several more technical treks including Denali (6,190m), Mount Hunter (4,442m), Annapurna (8,091m) and Olan (3,564m).

In 1996, Kenton Cool suffered a bad fall in Galway, shattering both heels. He underwent three operations before he was able to climb again. In 2012, the Olympic Committee asked him to symbolically place a 1924 gold medal at the top of Mount Everest.

He now lives in Gloucestershire, UK, with his wife and two children. He is a professional guide, expedition leader, public speaker and member of the prestigious British Association of Mountain Guides.

In 2018, Schmidt and Kenton worked together to build the home of his dreams. A living space completely ‘in his element’.

3D Plans and Technical Drawings

Truly the backbone of the project, our plans were made with the utmost care. Their dimensions took into account the building site’s rugged terrain and the mountaineer’s size. The fully equipped kitchen (complete with oven, fridge, cooker hood, etc.) had to be just right: not too big nor too small so everything could be at Kenton Cool's fingertips, without needing a rope. As for the wardrobe, it had to provide elegant yet convenient storage space for the athlete’s 20kg of equipment: ice axes, helmets, ropes, carabiners and cleats.
Last but not least, the colours of the materials used were carefully discussed with Kenton to match the surrounding nature: Super Matt Black and our wild wood-effect finish, Murphy.

Serge’s Flower

Did you notice the flower that our guide Serge has in his mouth? It’s a Globe Flower, a species of perennial herbaceous plants from the Ranunculaceae family. Often found in the French Alps, you can recognize it by its bright yellow colour, its spherical shape and its size (from 3 to 5 centimetres). The rhizome is toxic, and in fact the whole plant is slightly poisonous.
But don't worry, Serge is in great shape.

Would you like to see your home blooming with colour? Have a look at our new colour palette, it’s simply irresistible.

Foot Rest

Kenton Cool is an experienced mountaineer. A tiny ledge is enough to hold his entire body just using the tip of his toes. So, we personalized his kitchen by integrating a wooden foot rest that’s just 5cm deep. This way he can effortlessly move around in his new living space.

Rediscovering the magic of fire

To help Kenton Cool cook up a hearty meal and refuel between climbs, we integrated camping stoves into his kitchen by cutting two 13-centimetre holes in his countertop.

The Rainwater Recovery System

It was essential that Kenton Cool have access to drinking water, as he works under the most extreme conditions. For this system, we created a rainwater recovery column high enough to generate a good water pressure. Inspired by the fountains at Versailles Castle, it was designed by Jérôme Krowicki, Head Decorator of the shoot team.

The grill

The creation of this unusual piece of equipment, known affectionately as “The Grill”, was essential to the successful outcome of this exciting adventure. Measuring 13 metres long and 7 metres wide, the impressive metal structure was designed to allow the head cameraman’s floating chair to move seamlessly about the set, using an ingenious system of ropes and pulleys. The structure also helped the Schmidt technicians install the kitchen on the side of the cliff.

Visit our Design Lab to meet the engineers, interior designers and architects who made this remarkable feat possible.

The Floating Chair

Designed specially for this shoot by our key grip Vincent Blasco, our cameraman’s chair was suspended in thin air so he could film the mountaineer’s sky-high habitat from every possible angle. It was made with storage racks, an optimized seatback and a lightweight steel structure to maximize the camera’s freedom of movement: horizontal and vertical shifts, travelling, etc.

Kenton Cool’s scrambled eggs

Preparation

  • Beat 4 eggs
  • Add milk while continuing to beat until fluffy
  • Melt 10 grams of butter in a frying pan
  • Once the butter has melted, on low heat, pour the egg mixture into the pan
  • Constantly stir with a spatula
  • Allow to cook slowly, while continuing to stir
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve immediately

The Raspberry Jam Stain

Created by a culinary designer, this jam stain is the farthest thing from grandma’s homemade jam. For the convenience of this film, it was made with a polyurethane resin that makes it look transparent, is supple and was able to stick to Kenton’s clothing. Red colouring and sesame seeds were added to make it look like the real thing.

Be as creative as we have been when you explore our design-deco inspiration.

Quiet, the camera is rolling in the wardrobe

When we filmed the wardrobe for the TV ad, we found it was impossible to get the angle we wanted whilst hanging from the mountain, as we wanted to shoot Kenton from inside the wardrobe. So to achieve this spectacular shot, our team had to think again! They designed a second space behind a wardrobe with enough room for the camera and cameraman. To create the illusion that Kenton was still up the mountain, we actually filmed him dangling in mid-air, but only about 20 centimetres off the ground.

A temporary living space, a sustainable planet

Although it fits harmoniously onto the side of Parmelan Mountain, Kenton Cool’s kitchen and wardrobe were designed from the beginning as temporary installations. With the aim of leaving this pristine site without any traces of our activities there, Schmidt had a special team dismantle the entire installation after the shoot, down to the last screw. At Schmidt, our commitment to environmental protection is all encompassing, and with each new day, we implement more planet-friendly initiatives. At our Sélestat manufacturing site, for example, we heat the plant using sawdust collected when cutting wood to make our cupboards and cabinets.