An evening stroll on the silvery cobblestones of Lecce’s historic town led French businessman Giacomo Fiermonte past the “for sale” sign outside a 17th century house.
Inspiration for this project came from a grandson’s desire to pay tribute to his maternal grandmother, Antonia Fiermonte. Born in Puglia, Antonia joined the legendary art scene that was Paris in the early 1930s, amidst the birth of Modernism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Her brother, Enzo Fiermonte lived a no less epic life, becoming a champion boxer then an actor, and marrying the American socialite, Lady Astor.
Filali bought the house to reconnect with its own heritage: a new build architecture melting tradition and minimalism.