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A 19th Century Flat in Italy Gets a Modern Upgrade

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 19, 2013 01:05 AM
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by Alexa last modified Jan 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. Above: A small study in one of the eight rooms feature contrasting tile floors. Above: A collection of plates hang on the wall above a simple farmhouse dining table. Above: Visible through the black painted door frame, a collection of antique mirrors. 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. Above: A modern bath with a vintage look. Above: Grooppo installed a heating system powdered by a condensed boiler below the newly tiled floors. N.B.: Looking for more architectural inspiration? See all our Architect Visit posts to date in our archive.






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