Walker Zanger Studio Moderne Tile

walker zanger

walker zanger

I’ve been working on a little board to show all of you our plans for the Master Bathroom redo.  (and in case you are wondering, it is still gutted, nothing is really happening yet, and we are still sharing the tiny bathroom : )  )  Everything is ordered, and now it is basically a waiting game and prayers that no other pipes will get jackhammered, and it won’t rain on the first floor again.

Oy.

We actually don’t need a ton of tile for this bathroom, as we are not going put tile on the walls like before.  And in case you have forgotten, here it is before.  (previous owner’s photo)

 

Gotta love pink and blue tile and original 1921 bathrooms!  There are things I am saving from this vintage beauty, like the opaline knobs and pulls and the giant built-in mirror, but I will go more into the actual design plan later.  Today we’re talking about tile.

I’ve been staring at tile, lots and lots of tile.  Thinking about it and staring at this room imagining all of the different ways it could be.  I needed tile for the shower, and that is pretty much it.  And we only need 100 square feet (that includes waste), so I could splurge a little if I wanted to.  Plus tile is a pretty permanent fixture, it’s not something I can change a few years from now, so I wanted it to be awesome.  I was thinking period-appropriate, fresh & modern, and classic all at the same time.

As Catherine Lowe would say, “grown sexy”.

I’m actually kidding, I have no idea what that even means.

My favorite go-to place for tile is Bottega Design Gallery.  They have a vast selection, the prices are good, and the customer service is great.  I also purchased the charcoal herringbone tile from Bottega that is in my Addition.  It was at Bottega that I stumbled upon Walker Zanger’s Studio Moderne collection.

walker zanger

walker zanger

It is tile like I have never seen.  Graphic, yet subtle…Textured, yet not overwhelming…Of course, it was designed by someone amazing; namely, famous designer, Michael Berman.  The description from Walker Zanger reads exactly like the type of tile I was seeking:

Inspired by Hollywood Regency, Art Deco and Classic Modernism, the bold architectural designs of Studio Moderne transcend the boundaries of the kitchen and bathroom. Featuring ceramic tile with dimensions as large as 18 inches by 20 inches, the collection inspires homeowners and designers alike to redefine their perception of tile.

There are four main patterns to choose from, and then several amazing trim options.  The four main tile patterns are:

 

Imperial

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walker zanger

 

Marquis

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walker zanger

 

Paramount

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walker zanger

 

Fretwork

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walker zanger

 

I feel like those small snippets don’t even give these incredible tiles their due justice, so I gathered some real-life examples for you.

Here are a couple of spaces with the Imperial pattern…

How amazing is this blue??!!

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walker zanger

monica miller, designer

monica miller, designer

I think the Marquis is best suited in a smaller space, but it is fab, too.

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walker zanger

walker zanger

walker zanger

For example, a backsplash behind a kitchen stove is an awesome space for this tile.

walker zanger

walker zanger

If you like to be a little more swirly, the Paramount is for you.  (the first photo in this post is the Paramount pattern)

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walker zanger

 

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walker zanger

And then, there is the Fretwork.  This is a huge pattern folks, 18″ x 20″.

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walker zanger

 

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walker zanger

You can choose a color for the 4″ x 12″ tile that goes in the center, but I like it monochromatic.

bay hill design

bay hill design

But you could always use the 4″ x 12″ tiles only and create this amazing kitchen backsplash.  The color is Ming Blue, and it is gorgeous!

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walker zanger

 

You can see the texture and scale of the Fretwork pattern really well in this photo.

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walker zanger

I like it on the horizontal in this snapshot.

abby weiss interiors

abby weiss interiors

Which one is your favorite?  Better yet, can you guess which pattern I ordered?  I gave a clue last week.  I’m hoping it will look as amazing in my bathroom as it does in my brain!  : )

Written by Grace

 

9 Responses to “Walker Zanger Studio Moderne Tile”

  1. Sheri February 5, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    Love the Fretwork pattern!!! Thanks for sharing. The Marquis pattern is stunning but I agree in small doses. Can you imagine trying to clean that Marquis backsplash? What a beautiful headache that would be.

    • Grace February 5, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

      Thanks Sheri! I know, I worried about that in a shower too, but I think it will be okay. I didn’t choose the Marquis though. :)

  2. emily February 5, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    gorgeous find! i love the saturated colors. i think any would look great in a bathroom…excited to see which one you picked!

    • Grace February 5, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

      Thanks Emily! I’m super excited about it. It is really different, but not too different. Hopefully. :)

  3. Emily February 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    I’m drawn to Paramount and Fretwork. Fretwork reminds me of your awesome antique phonograph cabinet turned into a modern chest, so I’m guessing that is the one you will choose? Thanks for sharing this fabulous resource!

    • Grace February 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

      Hi Emily, gold star! ;) Someone has been paying attention. :) Yes, I think it will work perfectly with my early 1920′s home and still be fresh all at the same time. Fingers crossed! xo, G

  4. Meno February 5, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

    This looks nice, Grace.

    • Grace February 6, 2014 at 10:26 am #

      Thanks Meno! I’m so glad you like it! G

  5. Jennifer June 3, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    Grace, can you post a completed picture when the tile is installed? I as well am putting this in my 1920s house and am super excited and nervous at the same time! :)

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