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Bathrooms Jun 28, 2024

Italtile: Style Crosses The Border To Finesse a Richly Storied Bathroom Renovation In Harare

Cross-border interior design and décor product consultations can run the risk of getting lost in translation when in-person meetings aren’t possible; but thanks to the deep product knowledge and interior design smarts of Italtile’s Webstore staff, the near impossible is made possible on a regular basis. And so it was with “House Harare”, a residential project that was on the drawing board of the highly imaginative Zimbabwe-based Savva Nicholas Pafitis Design(SNP), briefed in to Italtile Webstore’s Sandisiwe Mncube in early 2023.

Savva Pafitis was faced with a ‘before’ scenario of a somewhat outdated, 70’s style room with no real purpose other than being a dumping ground for unwanted items: a smallish space stuck in between the master bedroom and the main bathroom that was, at one time, an old-fashioned dressing room.

Savva convinced the homeowners to break through the space and incorporate it into the existing bathroom, thereby increasing its size by one third. The luxury of spaciousness was an irresistible prospect, and the project was given the go-ahead, with plans for the clients’ dream of a walk-in shower area, a much-desired double vanity, and extra storage. A built-in bath was also required.

Several mood boards were presented for approval, but it was Savva’s “Ocean Jewels” that got the nod. Passionate about storied spaces, Savva created a beautifully textured and layered symphony of sea, sun and sand: a biophilic and luxuriant look that respected the mid-century aesthetic of the home and resonated with the clients’ love of the ocean and memories of beach holidays. The colour palette features a biophilic array of teals, aquamarines and blues, against a base canvas of neutrals.

Sandisiwe created the perfect, eco-chic ‘rocks, sand and sea’ combination. On the bold colour front, she proposed Micro Teal Enviro-Glass Mosaics (310 x 312), locally manufactured from 100% recycled glass, to elevate the vanity and shower walls. Then she suggested the neutral ‘anchor’ of Klif Silver (750 x 1500), a magnificently varianced stone-look porcelain tile by Italian tilemakers Atlas Concorde. Both the mosaics and the stone-look porcelain tiles are exclusive to Italtile and carry Italtile’s LiveGreen label.

The project kicked off in early January 2023 and was completed at the end of June 2023.

For more information on the products used in SNP Design’s Harare House renovation, or for a speculative chat (in-person or online) on how Italtile can add value to your next sustainable southern African residential project, please contact: Italtile.
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