On Via Roma in the commune of Quero Vas in Belluno, Italy, is a two-story home that has gone through many transformations since the early 1900s. In the late 1930s, the house was purchased by the Venetian Oliva family who stayed there permanently during the war and inspired the current interior design.
At the end of the war, the property was used as a holiday home for the family’s summer vacations, where Gina Lazzari Oliva often hosted friends and relatives. Common visitors included her sisters, Bice (Beatrice) and Ninì (Onorina) Lazzari, and brothers-in-law, Diego Rosa and Carlo Scarpa. Lazzari’s daughter, Maria Grazia Oliva, got married in 1948 to Roman architect, Attilio Lapadula, and the house continued to be used as a holiday home by the family, which resided in Rome, and by her guests.
The annexed house was renovated again in the late 50’s and early 60’s by Carlo Scarpa, who made several additions, including a central staircase. Italian-based architect, Gianmarco Cavagnino, sought to tell the story of this family through the most recent renovation of the home, now known as “Casa Oliva Quero.” He was approached by the current owners, who frequently rode down Via Roma during their childhood, which inspired them to transform this house full of memories into a bed and breakfast — complete with six uniquely designed rooms that pay homage to the Oliva lineage.
To add a modern touch to the historical home, Cavagnino adorned the walls in the kitchen and six bathrooms with glossy, 6- x 6-inch ceramic tiles from Ceramica Senio’s Trapunta collection, which was designed to give walls depth and dynamism. The three-dimensional tiles, which feature Ceramica Senio’s “pillow” surface, were utilized in the color, “Bianco.” They are complemented by intricate trim pieces, which line the upper half walls, acting as an elegant border between the brightly colored painted walls above.
“Our collection was selected by the architect, Gianmarco Cavagnino, who has restored ‘a scent of art, architectural and poetry’ in this beautiful house,” said representatives from Ceramica Senio.
Casa Oliva Quero
Quero Vas, Belluno, Italy
Architect: Gianmarco Cavagnino (33), Canelli, Italy
Tile Supplier: Ceramica Senio, Ravenna, Italy
Tile Installer: Rino Zanella, Italy