At the 2010 Kitchen and Bath Industry show in Chicago, the Ann Sacks brand introduced a range of beautiful new tile designs. The brand creates some of the most distinctive and innovative tiles around. The new range includes a variety of different styles. Particularly winning are the two new tile collections by designer, Michael S Smith. Smith was tapped by the Obamas
to create the look for their family quarters at the White House. His Cosmati line features ten different patterns with names like Alexandria and Fez evoking exotic locales. The patterns uses a total of 86 different colored natural stones and have a timeless, luxurious quality. The designs were inspired by elements of Greek, Parisian and Moroccan antiquities. The dramatic lines and large scale graphics will probably appear in elegant hotel lobbies very soon.
Smith's Gilt line takes solid aim at the idea that bling is back, the beveled glass and hand-hammered precious metal bricks are offered in rose gold, antique gold, white gold or platinum leaf.
Designer Barbara Barry also has two new Ann Sacks lines: Starburst, embossed ceramic glazed tile designs inspired by "falling stars" and Frame which features glazed ceramic tile that incorporates raised and recessed edges.
For more exotic decors there is the Indah collection. Indah, which means "beautiful" in Bahasa Indonesian, is a collection of intricate, hand-carved wood tiles crafted from sustainably harvested plantation teak. All Indah patterns may also be special ordered in reclaimed teak.
Other new lines include Obsidian, made from the glass that results from cooled lava of a volcanic eruption formed into small, highly polished, finely hand cut bricks; Serpentine which combines German silver, a metal alloy, with Serpentine, a semi-precious, milky white stone; and Ravello, a natural marble in shades of purple, soft pink, and white.