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Apartment Upgrade: A Tiled Floor in Every Room

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 06, 2014 01:15 AM
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by Alexa Hotz last modified Aug 05, 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. 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 . 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. More Stories from Remodelista Pattern Language: A Textiles Enthusiast at Home in Ann Arbor London Hangout: Middle Eastern Dining at Honey and Co. Rehab Diary: An Ikea Kitchen by House Tweaking






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