“A project based on memory, which aims to bring out the peculiarities of the original building.” – Grooppo.


This project is a wonderful example of a heritage home built in 1870 in Albissola Marina in Savona, where one of the three floors were lovingly refurbished by Italian architects Grooppo. Hexagonal floor tile design mimics the original layout, with different colours defining the sequence of rooms and highlighting the continuity of spaces. I love the way the floors in each room lend their own personality, and how different colours and patterns harmonise with each-other so beautifully. There is something nana’s-patchwork-quilt about the overall aesthetic – it feels warm, familiar and authentic – which really resonates with my ethnic origins.

Another highlight are the black painted door frames and skirting boards that really stand out against the white walls – such a bold and sharp effect which makes this interior so much more memorable than it would’ve been otherwise.

Ah, those clever Italians…

p.s. How funny is that head of broccoli under a glass dome of a cake stand in the dining/ kitchen shot? Love it!

[Photos © Anna Positano, via Dezeen.]

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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

6 Responses

  1. Lauren

    I love this one too, so quirky. I am currently obsessing about hexoganal tiles and have searched everywhere but the only ones I can find are like $100m² and they aren’t as cool as these.
    If anyone knows it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

    • Ella

      These floors are incredible! It looks amazing in the photo with all the doors/black thresholds lined up. Beautiful! I can’t quite figure out how the plan works. There seem to be no corridors so you must have to walk through rooms to get from one to the other?

      Lauren, I’m not sure where you are in the world but I’ve spotted some hexagonal mosaics from Signorino in Melbourne for about $40-$50/sqm. It comes in bone, black and mixed.


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