Sorrento House by Fiona Lynch

  • Interior design studio Fiona Lynch Office take a Positano-inspired palette with accents of Italian Rationalism to the revival of a 1980s cabin in Sorrento, Victoria.

    Nestled within a leafy site opposite the sailing club in Sorrento, Victoria, this two-storey Merchant Builder-style beach house was typical of this era. Unsympathetic renovations, uninspiring cabinetry and partitioned spaces rendered it in need of a complete overhaul. 

    Stripping the home back to its bare bones, Fiona Lynch lifted cues from the relaxed lifestyle led on the Amalfi Coast to cultivate a meditative home that celebrates its inhabitants’ Italian heritage and the stillness of the Mornington Peninsula. 

    The kitchen features a stack cantilevered island bench in CDK Stone Tundra Grey atop a crumbly Travertine base and the Gabriel Scott Luna chandelier.

    Deliberate tension between angular structural elements and tactile furnishings throughout both levels of the home pay tribute to the rigour of the original cabin. Tundra Grey limestone – a nod to the scale and symmetry of Italian Rationalist architecture – is a recurring material throughout, seen in the stacked cantilevered island bench, central fireplace and downstairs in the custom joinery unit. Camel-toned raffia wallpaper and linen sheers soften the stone, creating textural contrast.

    A custom wicker screen by third-generation Melbourne weavers Camberwell Cane frames the staircase and extends from the hallway downstairs to the dining space upstairs. While the home steers clear of obvious seaside references, the wicker and sisal have subtle coastal connotations. 

    Tundra Grey limestone is a nod to the scale and symmetry of Italian Rationalist architecture, seen in the custom framing detail around the central fireplace.

    A custom wicker screen by Camberwell Cane frames the staircase, extends from the hallway downstairs to the dining space upstairs.

    The living space downstairs features the Ligne Roset Togo Fireside chair, Gervasoni InOut 42 side table, Artemide Tolomeo Mega floor lamp, Armadillo Agra rug – Gunmetal and the Opinion Ciatti Ptolomeo bookcase.

    The Thonet S 533 chairs and Marset Bohemia pendant in the study.

    Downstairs, curved walls alleviate the linear nature of the home. The rounded entrance wall, clad in sage plaster, faintly recreates the colour of where the sea meets the sky. This colour reappears throughout the primary ensuite; in the silver Travertine floor tiles, Domenico Mori handmade porcelain baked clay wall tiles and the bathroom cabinetry.

    The Sorrento House is a subtle reminder of place. Fiona Lynch Office have created an all-embracing sense of seclusion and privacy in a beachfront home through a deeply considered design resolution.

    Curved walls clad in sage polished plaster faintly recreate the colour of where the sea meets the sky and alleviate the linear nature of the home. This space features the Volker Haug Wall Stack light.

    The bathroom features Brodware tapware and Signorino Silver Travertine.

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