Ceramics from APE Grupo’s Carmen brand have been used for the renovation of a seaside vacation apartment. According to the manufacturer, the tiles feature “intense and luminous glazes, herringbone patterns, fish scale-shaped pieces, and crackled finishes, among other distinctive features”.
The owners of this apartment in a 1960s building reportedly wanted to carry out a comprehensive renovation following contemporary standards while preserving traditional dark wood furniture with shapes and dimensions typical of the past century, which held great sentimental value for them.
The architects and interior designers at OOIIO Arquitectura chose to make strategic changes in the apartment’s layout to expand the living room, provide each bedroom with its own bathroom, and fill all interiors with natural light.
Against the warm tones of the floors and white walls, the designers used what they describe as “unique and expressive” ceramic pieces from APE Grupo, glazed in a blue-green shade.
The ceramic pieces from the Ravello collection, by the Carmen brand, were strategically distributed throughout the large space, aiming to create interplays of light and colour. “We selected these pieces for their special shine and unique tonality that, when well illuminated, evoke the Mediterranean Sea surrounding the house”, said the interior designers.
The pieces were arranged in a herringbone pattern on both the walls and the office backsplash, generating a sense of movement and life in the rooms. They are small-format pieces that reproduce a singular water effect on their surface through a special glaze, while preserving the tradition and flavour of a handmade artisanal product.
Tiles from the company’s Memories collection were also used to reproduce the bed’s headboards with fish scale-shaped pieces. These tiles are manufactured using the traditional double-firing technique, which allows for gradients and crackles on their surface.