Friday Cabins #43: A Little Cabin in Italy's Big Mountains
Small, but mighty—and moveable!
Happy EOW, folks! It’s Friday so that means another Friday Cabins—your favorite cabin-centric newsletter delivered hot to your inbox for some design inspo and daydream fodder. Every week we highlight projects from the pages of Field Mag, the internet’s most trusted source for all things outdoors and design.
Here in NYC, the weather continues to fluctuate and it looks like we’re headed into a gloomy evening considering Tropical Storm Nicole’s recent touch-down. Nothing wrong with a Friday night in, though, am I right.
Today though, we’ve decided to journey to Italy’s Apennines Mountains (the Alps’ lesser-known cousin), to the Hermitage Cabin, a lovely project put together over a two-week period by Genoa-based studio Llabb. It’s cute. It’s compact. It’s very well done.
Before starting their current architectural practice Llabb Studios, founders Luca Scardulla and Federico Robbiano crafted furniture in a converted garage. Recently, the pair decided to pass on their self-taught woodworking knowledge to their studio designers, hosting a two-week design charrette where, together, the team assembled the Hermitage Cabin.
Made entirely of Okoumé wood, a trusted favorite of Scardulla and Robbiano, the walls, floors, and ceilings were pre-assembled before the crew transported them to the remote, mountainous site.
Off-grid, the cabin runs on solar panels and a water tank hidden in the bathroom.
Upon entering the cabin, a desk runs the entire length of the right side, and doubles as a bench and storage. The entryway platform is spacious enough to hold a mattress, and steps down to another level that denotes a living area.
Floor-to-ceiling windows lead out onto a small deck. A pergola roof and perforated wall provide sun protection and geometric shadows, while the Trebbia Valley lies below.
That’s it! Happy weekend—go forth and conquer.