Casa Falk: dream home confronting a volcano

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‘Casa Falk’ is probably one of the most beautiful Italian homes we’ve ever seen. It’s located in Piscita’, the far end of Stromboli island in Italy. The place is named after its last owner, the Swiss artist Hans Falk (1918-2002). In 1950, the group of buildings of Casa Falk, then a group of fisherman’s houses nearly abandoned, became the film set of the movie “Stromboli” directed by Rossellini, and had been transformed into the home of the protagonist Ingrid Bergman. At the end of the 60’s the property has been purchased by the Swiss artist Hans Falk, who restored it drastically, maintaining though the typical external features of the Eolian houses. In 2007, Casa Falk has been acquired by its present owner, an enthusiastic art and furniture collector. The house went again though an entire restoration, planned and executed by Lgb Architetti studio led by architect Luciano Giorgi.

The property includes a garden surrounded by walls of a group of houses, almost like a “casbah”, but at the same time it open up towards the two major elements of the island, the sea and the volcano. Inside the property walls, the role given to the open space is fundamental: going into the property from the main entrance, a Mediterranean garden plays as filter between the exterior and the interior, to be followed by a parade of terraces, courtyards and paved trails in lava stone on various levels which connect the different buildings until the sea.

Inside the rooms, the fixed furniture has been designed by Luciano Giorgi himself, mainly made of chestnut wood, very neutral, which allows the owner to play around with a refined selection of vintage and limited edition objects, furniture and some fine art as well. The main aim of the project can be described this way: luxury and nature is something that can’t go apart.

Sotto al volcano, Italia, Stromboli. Project: Luciano Giorgi | Photography: Tommaso Sartori

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