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.
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.
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.
Above: Visible through the black-painted door frame, a massed collection of antique mirrors.
Above: A look at another tile progression.
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.
Above: A modern bath with a vintage look.
Above: Grooppo installed a heating system powdered by a condensed boiler below the newly tiled floors.
Above: See more of the firm's work at Grooppo.
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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on January 18, 2013, as part of our Roman Holiday issue.
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