Two New Tile Collections Embrace Patterns and Materials of the Past

Pietta Donovan and Paola Lenti’s recent tile collections for Walker Zanger and Galleria Elena are inspired by 1970s patterns and Renaissance materials.

Pietta Donovan’s cement tile collection for Walker Zanger is available in four different patterns and are all suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Courtesy Walker Zanger

Vividly colored boat sails in the Sydney harbor, bicolored frosting on neenish tarts, and colorways of Australian flora are highlights of designer Pietta Donovan’s childhood nostalgia, which she elegantly pieces together in a new collection for tile manufacturer Walker Zanger. This assortment of handmade ceramic and cement tiles—offered in a range of pastels, neutrals, and bold hues—is fitting for floors and walls in interior and exterior spaces. The pieces can be rotated and flipped to form designs reminiscent of 1970s psychedelic wallpaper or the zippy prints of 1980s textiles. “The final color palette was painstakingly considered and carefully matched between the two different materials so that they could be used seamlessly together,” says Donovan. “I’m excited to see how designers and homeowners express their own visions with these tiles.”

Paolo Lenti’s Aegonos collection for Galleria Elena is a contemporary reinterpretation of coccio-pesto, a material commonly used during the Renaissance. Courtesy Paola Lenti

Milan-based designer Paola Lenti brings her expert use of color to the Aegonos collection for Italian surface company Galleria Elena. These ethereal tiles are mostly made of a contemporary reinterpretation of coccio-pesto, a durable and moisture-resistant material common during the Renaissance. Natural pigments were added to the material to create a unique constellation of metallic hues. “Every time we begin the process of creating something new, it’s a journey we take with an open mind,” says Lenti. “After a great deal of trial and error, we were able to achieve the result we were hoping for.”

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