Two more standouts from KBIS and the last of our Ann Sacks roundup: wooden wall tiles and glazed ceramic shapes. We've grouped them together here because they have a similar feel, a mid-century, very California vibe. It seems we will be seeing much more of this influence - this sort-of retro, sort-of modern earthy mix, using natural materials and organic shapes. The mesquite tiles are open-grain and have a warm undertone. They are made in three finishes: natural which will turn reddish over time, a uv protection that will remain a brown color, and walnut stain which is a deep chocolate brown.
The Heath collection of tiles are inspired by the Northern California art movement of the 50's and 60's. The shapes are basic and geometric. The finishes of these tiles are what makes them dramatic. There is a textural quality of an installation of Heath tiles - the glazes used create a variation in tone . It is this variation that gives these that hand crafted-earthy feel. Available from Ann Sacks. Note: The mesquite tiles were being previewed and are not yet on the site.