Walker Zanger announces winner of inaugural Kaza Design Competition
From the Robb Report Luxury Newswire
LOS ANGELES, CA – Walker Zanger—the world’s most comprehensive stone and tile company—announced that Aybars Asci (President and Founder of Efficiency Lab for Architecture) is the winner of the inaugural Kaza Design Competition with his original design “Liquid Forms.”
“Liquid Forms is a uniquely exciting contemporary design that really takes advantage of the plasticity of concrete,” said Jared Becker, Walker Zanger Vice President of Design and Marketing. “Because of the numerous designs you can create with just one piece, it allows designers and architects to use the tile to create many exciting sculptural patterns. Aybars’ realization of the three dimensionality possibilities allowed by Kaza’s unique manufacturing process was exemplary.”
"Liquid Forms tile is aesthetically versatile," said Asci. "The soft curvilinear design has a tactile quality that suggests sensuousness and luxury. It is a single tile design that can generate multiple patterns, which is very well suited for residential and hospitality projects."
The winning dimensional design was inspired by the masterpieces of Italian sculptor and architect Bernini, and features an elegantly simple rectangular shape combined with asymmetric surface articulation to generate multiple tiling patterns. Liquid Forms will complement the existing Kaza collection with the smoothness of the concrete combined with its shape giving it a sleek, modern simplicity that is refined and almost aerodynamic. It will be manufactured by Kaza Concrete exclusively for Walker Zanger’s Kaza collection in three colorways, including a metallic.
The competition was conducted in partnership with Architectural Digest and ran from May through September. Participants were tasked with creating an all-new decorative concrete tile that would complement the existing Kaza collection. The judging panel included prominent figures in architecture and interior design: Rafael de Cárdenas, Stephanie Goto, Victoria Hagan, Ryan Korban, Jennifer Post and Nathan Turner.
"I really love the sinewy fluidity of the form and how it would dematerialize a wall with its unique play of light throughout the day into night," said de Cárdenas. "Though static, its surface suggests fluid animation."
“The softness of the form and its many possibilities is very seductive,” said Hagan.
In addition to receiving royalties from sales, Asci will travel to Budapest, Hungary to tour the factory where Kaza tiles are manufactured. To learn more about Walker Zanger and its line of products, please visit walkerzanger.com.
- Kaza Design Competition information
- Kaza collection webpage
- About Aybars Asci on Efficiency Lab webpage
- Kaza Video News Release
About Walker Zanger
For more than 60 years, Walker Zanger, the world’s most comprehensive stone and tile company, combines traditional tile-making techniques with a modern sophistication that transcends any singular design style. A leading choice for design professionals and consumers, Walker Zanger natural stone and tile products can be found in luxury homes, trendy boutiques, lavish spas and resorts, famed museums and fine restaurants around the globe. Walker Zanger is available through 14 beautiful showrooms and more than 150 authorized dealers nationwide. To learn more about Walker Zanger and its line of products visit www.walkerzanger.com.
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