As we continue to celebrate our 60th Anniversary, we thought we would take a look back at one of our favorite kitchens. We here at Walker Zanger are very fortunate to have working kitchens in some of our showrooms. Other than allowing for some amazing lunch creations, it also lets us feature our materials in an actual lifestyle setting. Clients can sit at the kitchen island, have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and get a feel for how materials might live in their own environments. Our West Hollywood, or Melrose Showroom
as we like to call it, opened its doors in 1988. At the time, we were very proud of how avant garde our kitchen looked…
Installed with our original Musa Mandalyn tile, paneled refrigerator doors, and a custom hand painted menagerie on the dishwasher… we were definitely stylin! But as with good design, trends come and go. As we moved into the 90′s, kitchens became the focal point of in home entertaining. People started traveling more and bringing home the influences of their European experiences. We were right there with our version of the “Tuscan Kitchen”.
From one of our most popular collections, The Fresco Series, the Pianissimo Verde Liner graced the back splash. With terracotta accents, warm travertine tiles, and a French Limestone island, we brought a bit of Europe into many a stateside kitchen.
As hard as it was to say good bye to the dishwasher bunnies and raised panel doors of the previous 2 decades, we were well into the new millennium and ready for a change. And what a big change it was…
Well ahead of our time for the early 2000′s we choose Calacata Borghini honed white marble for the counter-tops and Lagos Azul limestone for the now much more contemporary island. Our then new Roku Glass collection in Sharkskin accented the backslash in soft muted grey tones, and French limestone 12 x 24 pavers graced the floors.
Did we know then that white marble and glass tile would be all the rage in this decade of design? Somehow I have a sneaking suspicion we did. For during the past 8 years this combo has continued to stay at the top of the kitchen design food chart.
Any thoughts on what the next Melrose kitchen should be?
In the world of tile design, where most everything is some sort of square or rectangle, any interesting shape stands up and gets attention. Such is the case with “The Arabesque”. It’s roots are embeded deep in the history of Arabic and Moorish decoration. Elaborate ornamental designs and geometric motifs grace the architecture of these lands and conjure up exotic environments of heady spices and perfume. It’s no wonder that this shape has found it’s way into the current design of today. Arabesque tile can be found in everything from fabrics to iphone covers, lamp shades to shower walls, and is quickly edging out the subway tile as the back splash de riguer. Perhaps these images can entice you to create a bit of the exotic right in your own backyard.
When we last visited my new digs, Happy Hollow, the kitchen island was successfully relocated to it’s new home and I had shared with you the inspiration behind some of my material choices. Well, after settling in a bit, I decided that I’d probably kill myself on the existing “ice rink like” slippery tile floors before I would have the chance to turn my vision into a reality. So, replacing the floors became my first priority. This, of course meant, I had to face the realization that this process would be just like moving all over again.
The material I chose is our Prado vein cut travertine. Partly because it has the feel of wood (which appealed to my other half; a Canadian born former Park Ranger) partly because it’s durable, and mostly because it harkens back to beautiful coat of my feline inspiration, Miss Jolie. I decided on a herringbone
pattern because the major access through the house cuts diagonally through the space, which plays nicely with the pattern.
Yes it was dusty, dirty, and inconvenient but the Tile Contractors, Ceramic Tile Art, did a amazing job and I’m sure you’ll agree… the results were well worth all the effort. Now, off to do the kitchen… Stay tuned for that transformation.