A 19th Century Flat in Italy Gets a Modern Upgrade by

Issue 55 · Roman Holiday · January 18, 2013

A 19th Century Flat in Italy Gets a Modern Upgrade

Issue 55 · Roman Holiday · January 18, 2013

When Genova-based firm Grooppo renovated a flat in an 1870s building in Savona, Italy, they were looking to update the traditional space with modern fixtures and an energy-efficient heating system.

But the architects at Grooppo never lost sight of the historical qualities of the classic Italian home ("we aimed to bring out the peculiarities of the original building," as they say). Each room features a different tiled floor of unglazed porcelain hexagonal tiles; the basic theme carries from one room to the next, creating a continuous but subtly shifting pathway. Throughout the interiors, the designers incorporated antique furniture and objects from the original owners, which are characteristic to the region. For more information, visit Grooppo.

Photography by Anna Positano for Grooppo.

Floor tile in Italy at Grooppo's Casa G+S

Above: A small study in one of the eight rooms feature contrasting tile floors.

Plates as wall decor at Grooppo's Casa G+S in Italy

Above: A collection of plates hang on the wall above a simple farmhouse dining table.

Dining room at Grooppo's Casa G+S in Italy

Above: Visible through the black painted door frame, a collection of antique mirrors.

Italian tile at Grooppo's Casa G+S in Italy

Above: A view of the contrasting tiles used throughout the flat.

Above: A kitchen table with a mint-green laminate top adds a dash of color to the kitchen.

Grooppo Casa G+S in Italy bathroom

Above: A modern bath with a vintage look.

Grooppo Casa G+S in Italy

Above: Grooppo installed a heating system powdered by a condensed boiler below the newly tiled floors.

Leather sofa at Grooppo's Casa G+S in Italy

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