Posts Tagged ‘tile’
Barnwood. The word conjures up the weathered romance of old barns, haystacks, and about three quarters of the wedding images currently on Pinterest. Look closer, and this reclaimed wood sensation is quickly becoming just as comfortable in the sophisticated rooms of current design as it is on the American Prairie.
Recently at the International Ceramic Tile Fair, held at the Feria Valencia in Spain, one of the hottest tiles trending right now was the look of
reclaimed wood. For those of us with four legged friends, high traffic areas and rollerblading teenagers, porcelain provides that natural worn wood look and feel, but with the durability to keep them looking that way virtually maintenance free.
Hardwood Floors. There is something inviting about wood. It evokes a sense of warmth, character, and comfort that is not often found in other materials. Nothing is as exciting as pulling up the carpet in an old home to discover the hidden treasure of the original planks of long forgotten wood. You can just smell the challenge of the weekend DIY project in the works. You’ve spent hours stripping, re-staining, and finishing each grain until it gleams. Proud of yourself, you’re ready to live in and on the fruits of your labor. They are absolutely gorgeous, that is until the light hits them just right and you can see each time your new puppy couldn’t make it to the back door, or that time you dragged the living room chair across the floor cialis thinking it would look better on the other side, or when your 4 year old decided that skating across the dining room floor was a good idea.
The point being… wood floors in theory are great, but for someone with pets, young children, and an active lifestyle the patina they take on may not be for you.
Enter Porcelain Tile! I know, I can hear the shrieks of protest as I type… Porcelain Tile! Yup.
Recent advances in glazing technology have given porcelain tile makers the freedom to create textures and looks impossible to achieve just a few years ago. Using Digital Glaze Technology, and employing a Digital Glaze Machine (which is similar to an Inkjet printer, just larger and using glaze instead of ink) tile makers can create exacting replicas of natural materials that fool even the most discerning eye. You may ask, why copy something that already exists? The simple reason is that porcelain is one of the most durable flooring materials around, it can be used in places where other natural material like wood cannot, and it can also be much more cost effective. Besides, how else would you be able to use wood planking poolside!
Our new advertising campaign – which you can find in magazines like Architectural Digest and Luxe
Interiors - has garnered a lot of positive attention, which is certainly gratifying. Most people only see the finished product of an ad, but a lot of work goes on behind the scenes. From the initial concept, to building sets, selecting props, casting models and the shoot itself, everything has to come together in concert to create the final polished piece.
During our last shoot, we had some creative friends from Minx Films come by to shoot some video, and they made this cool little”behind the scenes” film that packs three long days of photography into 3 minutes. Enjoy!
If you want to check out more of the ads in the series, go to wallkerzanger.com.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!
Patterns. They’re all around us. In the repeat of a brick wall, the rhythm of a stone path, or in the gentle curves of a seashell.
By definition a pattern is a theme of recurring events or objects
We always really enjoy working with Interior Designers on Showcase Houses, because it gives everyone involved a chance to pull out all the stops and create spaces that are showstoppers (pun intended). I’d like to share one such great space that Walker Zanger recently worked on, the Master Bathroom of the 2012 Pasadena Showcase House of Design . Created by Kathryne Designs, it is the highlight of a beautiful Spanish Style Villa in La Canada, a wealthy suburb tucked into oak covered foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, a dozen or so miles east of downtown LA. Beside being gorgeous, this space also a great example of how to work within an existing room footprint of an older home, to create a space that is luxurious and spacious.
Kathryne Dahlman created a beautiful space combining several different patterns of Ceramic Tile and Mosaic against clean crisp background of white venetian plaster. The Moroccan Pattern above the vanity references the Spanish them of the house, while the White and Brown Marble Octagon and Dot of the mosaic floor brings a classic traditional style into the mix. The overall pallet of taupe, brown, white and silver lends a crisp contemporary edge to the design.
The vanity counters feature Sequoia Brown, an amazing new marble from Walker Zanger. Notice the “leather” finish on the stone, which gives the surface a soft texture that feels amazing. This would be a wonderful place to start you day!
The luxury continues with the generously proportioned shower highlighted by Tuileries Handmade Tiles in a brick pattern and a feature wall of the Moroccan inspired Arabesque tile in a blend of colors. I especially love the dark “Chocolate,” which looks good enough to eat!
In this close up of the ArabesqueTiles, you can really appreciate the beautiful, soft undulation of the handmade surface. The tiles literally comes to life as the reflections of light play across the brilliant, shiny glazes. This is the result of an intensive handmade production process, in which each tile is rubbed by hand, creating an uneven surface that allows the glaze to pool in wonderfully random ways, making each tile a unique piece of ceramic art.
This parting shot shows the detail in the crackle surface of the Vibe Morrocan Mosaic. I love how Kathryne Designs chose the stark white grout for this pattern, a daring choice, but one that ties in nicely to the white plaster, wall tiles and white marble on the floor.
Bravo to Kathryne Designs for creating such a lovely space! Walker Zanger was thrilled to be part of it and we are already looking forward to next year’s Pasadena Showcase House.
All photos by Stuart Watson