Tile and stone purveyor Walker Zanger has collaborated with interior designer Pietta Donovan on a new line of cement and ceramic tiles that pay homage to 1970s psychedelic wallpaper as well as the colorful landscapes of Australia.
“We’re thrilled to launch this fresh, energetic collection with a designer that offers the industry a new perspective on tile,” says Erika Egede-Nissen, director of marketing at Walker Zanger. “Reminiscent of tangram puzzles, this collection offers the creative freedom of myriad compositions that can create both small and large-scale designs.”
The Pietta Donovan Collection seeks to reimagine the design possibilities of tile, the company says. “Featuring geometric shapes in calm neutral shades and coordinating bold jewel tones, the collection is an evocative throwback revisited and reimagined in a fresh new form.”
Walker Zanger says the collection is a bold and balanced palette of handmade tiles that emphasizes pattern, bright colors and new shapes, “each invigorating the spaces they dwell in with depth and emotion.” They allow designers and architects to make decisions that suit their personal tastes and to control the process of introducing pattern by providing the dexterity to connect, turn, flip and repeat tiles to customize an installation and cater to a variety of aesthetics. In the collection, the company explains, subtle neutrals join bold turquoises, deep navy blues, lush emeralds, a golden marigold, and dusty pink to evoke a familiar yet current sensation.
“Working with Walker Zanger on this collection has been a transformative and refreshing experience,” Donovan says. “I felt inspired to rethink, recolor, and re-present the patterns that surrounded me as a child of the 70’s and 80’s in Australia, and give them new life with a cleaner and fresher form. I hope this collection encourages designers and consumers to experiment and play with tile.”
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Available in nine solid colors, the ceramic tiles also come in five unique geometric shapes that can be arranged into numerous pattern designs. The company handcrafts the tiles at its factory in San Miguel De Allende.
“The cement tiles feature the collection’s signature ‘70s-inspired patterns and distinct colorways, each tile adorned in kaleidoscopic shapes, sharp lines and rounded corners,” Walker Zanger. “Though these tiles are multifunctional and can be used both inside and outside, they are ideal for installations where the playfulness and flexibility of each tile’s pattern can truly come to life on a grand scale. Inspired by her nostalgia for the past, tessellations, the bright light and intense colors of Australia, and neenish tarts—an Australian pastry beloved by her mother—each tile was designed with care and purpose.”