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Issue 31 · Patterns and Prints · August 5, 2014

Apartment Upgrade: A Tiled Floor in Every Room

Issue 31 · Patterns and Prints · August 5, 2014

When the Genoa architecture firm Grooppo took on the task of renovating a flat in an 1870s building in Savona, Italy, it was looking to update the traditional space with modern fixtures and an energy-efficient heating system.

But the designers at Grooppo never lost sight of the historic features of the classic Italian home: "We aimed to bring out the peculiarities of the original building," they say. To that end, they gave each of the eight rooms a different floor of unglazed porcelain hexagonal tiles. The theme carries from one space to the next, creating a continuously shifting but harmonious pathway. 

Photography by Anna Positano for Grooppo.

Grooppo Casa GS House in Italy | Remodelista

Above: A small study has a floor of charcoal and white tiles. Throughout, the designers incorporated antique furniture and objects that came from the original owners and are characteristic of the region. 

Grooppo Casa GS House in Italy | Remodelista

Above: Hexagonal tiles appear in different colors and configurations in almost every space, including the clustered pattern shown here. In the dining room, a collection of plates hangs above a simple farmhouse table.

Grooppo Casa GS House in Italy | Remodelista

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

Grooppo Casa GS House in Italy | Remodelista

Above: A look at another tile progression.

Grooppo Casa GS House in Italy | Remodelista

Above: A table with a mint-green laminate top adds a dash of color to the kitchen, where the tiles are classic black-and-white checks.

Grooppo Casa GS House in Italy | Remodelista

Above: A modern bath with a vintage look.

Grooppo Casa GS House in Italy | Remodelista

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

Grooppo Casa GS House in Italy | Remodelista

Above: See more of the firm's work at Grooppo.

Planning a trip to Italy? Check our City Guides for the most design-worthy places to stay, eat, and shop. And have a look at a Villa Lena: A New Creative Hub (and Hotel) in Tuscany and A Medieval Hotel in L'Aquila Restored for the 21st Century.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on January 18, 2013, as part of our Roman Holiday issue.

And have you voted yet today for the Considered Design Awards? You can vote once a day for the finalists in each category on Remodelista and Gardenista. Polls close this Saturday, August 8, and we'll announce the winners August 9.



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