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Apartment Upgrade: A Tiled Floor in Every Room

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Apartment Upgrade: A Tiled Floor in Every Room

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.

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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. 

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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.

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

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Above: A look at another tile progression.

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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.

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Above: A modern bath with a vintage look.

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

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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.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the location of the 19th century flat in Italy?

The 19th century flat in Italy is located in Milan.

When was the flat built?

The flat was built in the 19th century.

Does the flat feature a modern design?

Yes, the flat has been modernized with a contemporary design.

Who is the designer behind the modern renovation of the flat?

The flat was designed by Studio Didea.

What is the inspiration behind the modern redesign of the flat?

The modern redesign of the flat was inspired by traditional Italian style.

What are some unique features of the flat's interior?

The flat features an open-plan living area, a modern kitchen, and an elegant bathroom.

Is there outdoor space at the flat?

Yes, the flat has a private balcony that overlooks the city.

What is the color scheme of the flat's interior?

The flat's interior features a neutral color palette with touches of blue and green.

How does the modern renovation blend with the original architecture of the flat?

The modern renovation seamlessly blends with the original architecture of the flat, creating a harmonious contrast between old and new.

What is the overall style of the flat?

The overall style of the flat is a contemporary take on traditional Italian design.

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