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09.23.13

Mosaic Monday… Stile Italiano.

06.12.13

Jet Set.

 

 

 

Jet set

jet–set adjective

jet–set·ter noun

jet–set·ting adjective

A fashionable social set composed of wealthy people who travel frequently by jetliner to parties and resorts.

Origin:
1950–55

 

We celebrate the Jet Set with our newest collection of marble tile mosaics of the same name. The collection of luxurious marble patterns recalls the glamorous 1950’s and 60’s when the rich and famous hop scotched across the globe, following the good life from St. Tropez to Palm Springs. The villas were stylish, the women beautiful, the men handsome, the pools sparkling blue and the champagne always flowed.

Come with us and be swept away to a time when flight attendants were called Stewardesses, Mai Tai’s were the drink of choice, and everything sounded better when Frank sang it. Grab your suitcase and hop on board, you won’t even need a boarding pass!

 

 

 

Walker Zanger Jet Set Poolside Pattern in Calacata.

 

 

Beach Umbrellas at Moterosso Cinque Terra, Italy

 

Walker Zanger Jet Set Globetrotter Pattern in Cafe.

 

Glamorous Marilyn boarding a Pan Am flight at Miami International.

 

Walker Zanger Jet Set Starlet Pattern in Calacata

 

The Parker Hotel Palm Springs

 

Walker Zanger Jet Set Mai Tai Pattern in Carrara

 

Astrid Heeren, photo by Jeanloup Sieff, Harper’s Bazaar, 1964

 

 

Walker Zanger Jet Set Oasis Pattern in Mocha.

 

 

 

 

 

06.06.12

En Vogue.

All it took was one photo. But what a photo it was. A quick trip through Pinterest this afternoon lead me to this first drop dead gorgeous image of retro fashion at it’s finest. That was all it took before I was off and running

with my variation on a theme. Join me for En Vogue, a Walker Zanger walk down the runway of tile and fashion.

 

 

Walker Zanger Weave Stix Reef Blend

 

 

 

 

WZ Studio Moderne Imperial Pattern in Lacquer Gloss

 

 

 

 

Tabarka Studio Masouda

 

 

 

WZ Contessa Collection Chantilly Taupe

 

WZ AnTeak Amsterdam Mosaic

 

 

Tabarka Studio Byzantine 8

 

 

 

WZ Lucca Collection Macchiato Pattern, Brown

03.30.12

Friday Fare…Crab and Avocado Mimosa.

photo by Nina Gallant

 

Did you really think we would finish the week off without a Friday Fare Mad Men style?

Served by First Lady, Jackie Kennedy at a state dinner in the summer of 1961, this refreshing appetizer was no doubt reinterpreted at many a dinner party of the day. We don’t for a moment think that Betty would have whipped this up at home, although Trudy might have given it a go. No, this was most likely ordered at some posh restaurant in Manhattan during a dinner designed to impress a future client.

Adapted from In the Kennedy Style: Magical Evenings in the Kennedy White House, by Letitia Baldridge, this dish  absolutely stands the test of time.

Servings: 6

Ingredients

2 ripe avocados
1 scallion, minced
2 teaspoons lemon juice, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt, plus additional to taste
dash of hot pepper sauce
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chili sauce
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
ground white pepper
8 ounces cooked fresh crab meat
2 cups watercress
2 hard-cooked egg yolks
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
Directions: 
  1. Peel half of one avocado. In a small bowl, mash avocado half. Add scallion, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1/4

    teaspoon of salt and hot pepper sauce. Stir until well combined. Reserve.

  2. In a separate bowl, stir together mayonnaise, chili sauce, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce and remaining teaspoon of lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and white pepper. Reserve.
  3. Peel remaining 1 1/2 avocados, cut into half-inch cubes and place in a large bowl. Squeeze excess moisture from crab meat. Add to cubed avocado and gently combine. Fold in mayonnaise mixture until crab and avocado are evenly coated.
  4. Line bottoms of 6 chilled champagne glasses or small glass serving dishes with watercress. Divide crab mixture evenly among glasses. Top each with a dollop of mashed avocado mixture.
  5. Press egg yolks through fine mesh sieve; combine with parsley in a small bowl. Sprinkle yolk/parsley mixture evenly over each portion. Mimosas can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 hours.

Reprinted from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

03.27.12

"Mar Men".

Sterling Cooper Draper Price

 

After 17 months away from all that was Mad Men, we were thrilled to start off the week with a 2 hour visit from Don and the gang.  While still whistling Zou Bisou Bisou in our minds, we started to think about our own group of “Mad Men” who were responsible for the start of Walker Zanger.  As Don and his troupe were smoking and drinking their way into the business

of Madison Avenue advertising, our team of  “Mar Men” were out to beautify the world one tile at a time.

L to R: Back row: John Iberti, Gustavo Rey, Charles Kastner, Leon Zanger, Billy Parker, Ed Fink,Daryl Milstein, Frank Savoca, Jack Peterson. Sitting: Arthur Bodenheimer. Front Row Center: Marvin Walker

 

In the early 1950′s, not long after Walker & Zanger was born, Leon Zanger saw an obscure two-line listing from a furniture store in The Sunday New York Post advertising glass-topped tables for $39.00 Armed with his sample bags full of marble, Leon approached the store owner directly and proposed that the store sell the same table, only with genuine marble tops, for the same price, at a comparable profit. Amazed, the store owner placed an order for $10,000 worth of table tops on the spot.  When the $39 marble-topped tables eventually went on sale, the store had lines around the block, and sold out its entire stock in 90 minutes. More orders followed, including from Macy’s and Gimbals, and by the end of its first year in business, Walker & Zanger had earned profits of $1 million.

 

Betty Draper with perhaps a Walker & Zanger Marble table.

 

In the early 1960′s , yet again, perceiving a need that no one else foresaw- Walker & Zanger became the first company to bring to the American market thin-sliced Italian marble tile. The “Martile” (a name coined by Walker & Zanger) was both affordable and easy to install, sparking a design revolution that continues to this day.

 

A page from the 1960's WZ tile catalog.

 

 

Early Walker Zanger ad.

 

We can’t help wonder what kind of campaign Don and the boys, (or better yet, Peggy) would have pitched to Leon if they had a stab at his account!

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