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December 2014


Mosaic Monday…Happy New Year.



Our Favorite Things


During this week of Christmas we are borrowing from a beloved holiday classic and sharing “My Favorite Things” Walker Zanger style.  We’ve been highlighting a collection of our most favorite things from fashion to food, and travel to tile on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

As the curator of our “Mosaic Mondays”, I love pairing our collections with thematic images that evoke a style or emotion. It gives me artistic license to mix our materials in ways that might inspire others to think outside the box.  It also makes it difficult to choose my most favorite of them all.  Though I can say, when asked to commit to my most favorite, it is hands down any of our Calacata marbles. Mother Nature really outdid herself with the classic beauty of this iconic stone. From the subtle taupe veins to the warm gold’s and creamy grays’, this stone plays well with just about everything in our collections. Me, I love it with our Tuileries Chocolate and Fedora. Of course when paired with a cupcake it just pushes it’s appeal right over the edge!


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Here are some more Walker Zanger favorites from the best of the best:



Jonathan Zanger, President

“It’s very difficult to pick a favorite stone, or a favorite collection.  They keep changing and evolving.  I have so many personal connections with each stone and each tile collection – the inspiration behind them, the people that quarry, fashion, or create them, the wines we drink and the food we eat, when we travel to the areas they come from, their place in my home or office, and in the homes of friends that have become clients, and clients that have become friends….when I see one of our tiles or slabs, and make such a connection, then it is my favorite thing.”



mikebastonebioMike Bastone, Vice President of Sales


“It’s hard to pick my favorite products being so deeply involved in each and every product Walker Zanger makes, but the two that stick out the most are 6th Ave. from our factory on the ceramic side, and Jet Set in the Stone Collection.

The combination of a well-priced collection as well as the ability of mixing field tile sizes with interesting shaped mosaics makes 6th Ave, an instant go-to product.  One can also blend colors together with its soft color pallet.

Since the stone business has been in my blood for generations, I love the intricate, detailed and precise water jet patterning of Jet Set.   The mixture of stone colors twisting together to make such fun designs makes the collection a must have product.  Even if it is just for a feature wall in ones bathroom or backsplash in a kitchen.”


Mike's Jet Set



HeadshotbioJared Becker, Vice President of Design & Marketing


“I always have a hard time choosing my “favorite” collection. Since I’m intimately involved in the design of all our products, it’s like choosing a ‘favorite’ child!

Right now,  I’d have to say my favorite collection is Tangent. I love the unusual geometric designs and the amazing patterns we were able to create combining water jet and hand cut mosaics.  The  collection is both timely and timeless….. the aesthetic sweet spot we are always aiming for.”



kimbioKim Bernard, Executive Director of Facilities Design

“My favorite thing of the moment…is Studio Moderne Fretwork.  I love the architectural feel of the tile with its’ grand scale and pronounced relief.  The transitional nature of the pattern fits elegantly and comfortably into a traditional or contemporary space.”


Kim B SM Fretwork

We hope that whatever your favorites may be, you find yourselves surrounded by beauty this holiday season.

patbioPat McIntosh, Branch Manager of San Francisco/Hayward & National Social Media Coordinator



Inspirations for Sterling Row Patterns

Sterling Row – “Dress your room with Style”

Like the elegant suit of well dressed gentleman, Sterling Row tiles are exquisitely tailored in both shape and color.  Created from a combination of porcelain tile and marble in tones of grey, white,  brown, linen and black, the designs of Sterling Row are inspired by the elegant feel of fine fabrics, the richness of burnished  leather and the luxuriously appointed shops of the finest tailors in London, Manhattan and Paris.

Each Sterling Row pattern was created with the same attention to detail that a fine tailor applies to creating a bespoke suit. Sterling Row’s designs and pattern names like “Link,” “Houndstooth,” “Wingtip” and “Oxford” pay playful homage to the gentleman’s milieu.

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Sterling Row Link Pattern in Linen, on the right.

The Tuxedo pattern was inspired by the crisp angle of a classic Tuxedo jacket lapel….

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Sterling Row Tuxedo pattern in Charcoal, on the right.

…while the Houndstooth pattern takes its cue from the classic pattern that originated in Scotland in the 1800’s.

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Sterling Row Houndstooth pattern in Charcoal.

Sterling  Row’s harmonious color blends and distinctive designs make it the perfect base for an interior of rich detail and layered patterns of color.

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Sterling Row Wingtip pattern in Charcoal (pictured top right) and Oxford in Charcoal.

Sterling Row Patterns are available in two color ways, Linen and Charcoal, created from three colors of  Statale porcelain tile and Thasos White, Bianco Bello  and Imperial Black Marbles.

Sterling Row’s ten distinctive patterns offer designers a wealth of  decorative options for floors or walls, alongside the  technical advantage of impervious porcelain, which can be used in any residential, and most commercial applications.

For more insight on the inspiration behind Sterling Row, visit our Sterling Row pinboard on Pinterest.


Feel free to leave your thoughts on our new porcelain tile collection: Sterling Row in the comments below!  Happy holidays from Walker Zanger!



Mosaic Monday…Brown Paper Packages.


Introducing the Sterling Row Collection


Dressing “well” is in again Although we live in a casually dressed culture today, there is still a place for “dressing like a gentleman,” and not just at weddings, funerals or in the boardroom.  The popularity of blogs like“The Sartorialist” and influential shows like “Mad Men” speak to a new appreciation for dressing well, and it’s not unusual to see young men in suits who a decade ago may have been wearing beach shorts and flip flops.  This renewed interest in finer menswear has spurred the growth of small artisan studios that are creating a wide variety of beautiful bespoke suits, shirts and shoes for discerning clients.





Interior design takes its cue…. Menswear has been an influence in interior design, especially in the color harmonies of grey, brown, linen, taupe and white, which make up so much of a man’s traditional wardrobe. It’s easy to flip through a home design magazine today, and see a room that looks like the designer took all the color and textural elements of a gentleman’s wardrobe- from burnished leather to charcoal colored wool, and a brass watch face – and applied them to the furniture, wall color, drapery and so on.

Interior Design collage

Artisans at work The creation of a bespoke suit or fine pair of dress shoes is in itself an artisan craft – selecting the finest cloth, expert cutting, hand sewing and finishing –  a craft practiced by a select few tailors, haberdashers and cobblers. Savile Row in London has been the center of bespoke tailoring for more than 200 years, and continues to attract clients like David Beckham, Colin Firth and David Hockney.




Inspired by the fine art and tradition of bespoke tailoring, the growing resurgence of “dressing up” and the trend of menswear inspired interiors, we created Sterling Row, a new collection of decorative patterns created from marble and porcelain tile.  


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For more insight on the inspiration behind Sterling Row, visit our Sterling Row pinboard on Pinterest.




What do you think of our new Sterling Row porcelain tile collection, and how would it fit into your home? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Stay tuned for future posts on the inspiration behind the patterns of Sterling Row!

All photo images and text are the property of Walker Zanger. Please do not use for commercial purposes without permission. You are welcome to repost. copyright 2014.

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