Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (more commonly known as Chamonix) is a resort area near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy. At the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps, it's renowned for its world class skiing, trail running, hiking, rock climbing, paragliding, wingsuit flying and other outdoor adventures. It was the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924. Today, the Men's Alpine Skiing World Cup still take place on the famous Kandahar in Les Houches. With the only slope approved for a World Cup in Haute Savoie, Chamonix and La Verte piste at Les Houches are world centres for downhill racing. The Chamonix commune is popular with skiers and mountain enthusiasts. Year-round, cable cars take visitors up to several nearby peaks with panoramic views, including the Aiguille du Midi above Chamonix town, and Pointe Helbronner, across vast glacier fields on the Italian border.
What we do best
We find, consult, design, project manage, construct, reconstruct, and renovate unique spaces, bespoke homes, alpine chalets, restaurants, mountain refuge and hotels for international clients mainly in the French and Swiss Alps. We specialise in interior design, sourcing, project management & chalet management working alongside local providers and international architectural and engineering firms to offer a one-stop service for our clients. We also manage chalets on behalf of our clients and offer not only a "turnkey" solution but also ensure that the chalets we manage are well maintained and can be enjoyed by owners and renters alike all year round.
Amano is a contraction of Samanna and Bruno, the founders of Amano Designs.
The word “Amano” is also used in several languages:
In Japanese, Amano means “heavenly field”.
In Italian and in Spanish it means “made with love” and “made with skill”.
It is also the Sanskrit-derived word for "peace" and noi meaning "place".
Amano reflects perfectly the values that we are applying to our business and how we handle our clients.
We speak English French Chinese Cantonese and sometimes more…
There is nothing more rewarding than to be able to realise ones dreams!
It was a childhood dream of Bruno's to live in a farmhouse in the mountains in the Alps! After 20 years career in finance and living in several countries in Asia while he achieved in national and international high-level sports in rowing & triathlon. Bruno followed his passion in pursuing his dreams and to release the creativity & love in him that is design and architecture. His life long passion & love for sports, mountains and the outdoors lead him back to the Alps....again and again...Now Chamonix is home!
Together with his wife Samanna who had studied interior design in London and worked in the film/TV industry for many years in Asia joined forces and started to design and renovate unique spaces in Asia. The couple had designed, developed, built & renovated over 10 projects together in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and France before moving their base to the Chamonix valley.
Now the dynamic couple bring their creativity, entrepreneurial spirits, flare of mixing East and West design, influence and know-how to the French and the Swiss Alps to further expand their own dreams and to help those who love what they do to also make their dreams a reality.