To convert a former auto body shop from the 1960s in Pontedera into a contemporary home – this was the ambition of a young Italian-Canadian couple attracted by open spaces and northern European design.

Marzia and Leo Dainelli, owners of Studio Dainelli, also fell in love with the space, and attracted by the unconventional structure accepted the job of making a private home, combining an industrial past and a residential presence, and concentrating on the free passage of light.

Inside, the lines are modern and rigorous, and the layout is more complex than that of the original structure. The most interesting architectural feature is the concrete wall with the effect of horizontal wooden planks, a vivid presence in the living area that continues to the upper level.

The floors in large-format stoneware by Marazzi Group in pale tones of gray extend across the whole area.

In the large living zone the hanging cabinet by Poliform in dark gray fits into the concrete wall, while the sofa by Edra has been used with a particular moss color to add an accent in contrast to the white walls and gray floors.

The dining area features a walnut table by Riva 1920 combined with old chairs with a vaguely Deco character, painted black and covered with a velvet in a vivid shade of yellow. The Bolle chandelier is by Gallotti & Radice.