|LOS ANGELES – Walker Zanger, North America’s leading stone and tile design resource, announces the launch of a new ceramic tile collection, Kiva. The handmade collection reflects the minimalism and warmth of the desert, drawing inspiration from both the natural and architectural elements found in these environments around the world. The collection emphasizes the transition toward designing with organic details that provide comfort and simplicity.|
Kiva incorporates the Desert Modern style, combining clean lines with a warm palette of pink, beige, adobe and rust and accented by cool greens that reference high desert pines and cacti. The collection’s double-fire, glazed white body clay shapes portray the organic forms of jutting boulders, towering buttes and soft palm trees.
“We’ve seen a greater demand from homeowners and design professionals to make a personal statement in the home by embracing more color and shapes,” said Chris Stulpin, Chief Creative Officer. “Kiva’s rustic warmth and clean aesthetic meets that demand while providing a quality product with intentional craftsmanship.”
Kiva is handcrafted by artisans in Walker Zanger’s factory in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a historic city and UNESCO World Heritage site known for its Baroque architecture and longstanding traditions in tile-making. Walker Zanger was first drawn to the city over 30 years ago when it started distributing the handmade creations of Cerámica Antique, a facility that Walker Zanger now operates with an emphasis on preserving local crafting techniques.
The Kiva collection is available in nine shapes in total, including modern Diamond, Triangle, Picket and Brick shapes along with four mesh mounted mosaics. The 4″x4″ size features a textured surface with a rich undertone of pooled glaze, displaying a rustic craftsmanship unique to the shape. The collection offers 10 gloss colors that can be combined together to form unique mosaic patterns. Kiva is a boutique collection available exclusively through Walker Zanger’s showrooms.
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