Fantini’s headquarters and boutique hotel, Casa Fantini, on the shores of Lake Orta in Pella, Italy, are an homage to water, which befits the maker of kitchen and bath products renowned the world over.
When Italian architect Piero Lissoni was charged with executing the dual projects, CEO Daniela Fantini wanted her passion for Pella to shine through. Of paramount importance was continuity—the buildings needed to integrate organically with the environment. Casa Fantini calls this “lake time,” or la dolce vita by the water. One challenge for Lissoni’s team was fusing the hotel’s new addition with the preexisting historic structure, accomplished by combining materials and furniture “with great simplicity and timeless elegance,” per Lissoni.
Natural wood and stone contrast against industrial edges. The headquarters’ floor-to-ceiling windows maximize the sun and scenery; covered walkways make for inconspicuous connections to the natural world.
When guests arrive, they are welcomed into a well-dressed lounge area complete with Frog chairs designed by Lissoni himself. Public areas are clean and modern, with Arco lamps in the dining room. The rooms are elegant and spacious with terraces overlooking the lake. Small touches, like white-washed doors used as headboards, add some rusticity.
One goal was to make Casa Fantini a living, breathing—and beautiful—display of products. This is apparent in its bathrooms, which are outfitted with different hardware. An undulating blue wall that mimics the waters of Lake Orta separates them, but each are unique, with some using modern steel and others going for a vintage look.
Completing the experience of the region that holds such meaning to Fantini are the nearby Piedmont wineries, which visitors can arrange to tour, adding yet another layer of luxury to a little lake time at Casa Fantini.