Schmidt scales new heights for Kenton Cool’s mountain kitchen

French kitchen maker Schmidt rose to the challenge – 2,000 metres in fact – when world-famous mountaineer Kenton Cool asked for a kitchen and wardrobe to be installed on the side of a mountain.

The high-flying adventurer challenged the French kitchen brand to design a kitchen and wardrobe for him – not for his home in England, but for the side of a mountain at Le Parmelan in the French Alps.

“I was dreaming of somewhere I could call home when high up in the mountains,” said Cool.

The ready-assembled kitchen was transported to its high-altitude location by helicopter and the whole delivery and installation process was filmed by Schmidt for an eight-episode web documentary that can be watched here.

It had running water thanks to a rainwater-harvesting system and incorporated two mini gas stoves for cooking.

Schmidt said its team would “never forget the experience of making scrambled eggs while gazing down into an empty space”.

Schmidt Groupe chief executive Anne Leitzgen said: “The high-altitude adventure is simply a more extreme version of what we do every day at Schmidt for our customers.”

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