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Lori Weitzner x Artistic Tile Collaboration Wows at HD Expo

An example space featuring the Forest pattern in the Whisper colorway. Photography courtesy of Artistic Tile.


Collaboration is the name of the game in today’s design industry. Pairing the inspired sensibilities of a big-name designer with a manufacturer whose technical capabilities can realize their vision has resulted in some stunning products over the years. It’s also highlighted the robust abilities of manufacturers to not only fabricate product, but act as talented design partners in the creative process.

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The latest iteration of this trend can be found at HD Expo, where Artistic Tile unveiled two new collections made in collaboration with award-winning textile designer Lori Weitzner. Designed specifically for interior vertical surfaces, the Lori Weitzner x Artistic Tile Collaboration features two organic patterns, River and Forest, that originated at Weitzner’s White Box Sanctuary Studio.

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The River pattern in the Night Shadows colorway. This look is rendered in China Black marble. Photography courtesy of Artistic Tile.


“When Artistic Tile first proposed this collaboration, I knew our studio could bring something to them that they didn’t currently have in their portfolio,” explains Weitzner. “Organic, textural looks are something that our studio does very well. For Forest and River, we created a lot of preliminary looks through painting, drawing, and paper folding. Then we worked with Artistic Tile to narrow down the selection.”

In exchange for her substantial expertise in creating earthy, tactile patterns with textiles, Artistic Tile opened up a whole new world of materials for Weitzner to discover. “I had no idea there were so many different kinds of stones in world—it was an eye-opening experience for me,” says Weitzner. “Because I didn’t have much knowledge of what was actually possible to create with stone, I could really push the envelope in terms of coming up with patterns. The exceptional design team at Artistic Tile would then say ‘Oh we can’t do that, but maybe we could try this.’ Everyone really benefitted from working and exploring together.”

The Forest pattern in the Whisper colorway. This look is rendered in Bianco Carrara marble. Photography courtesy of Artistic Tile.


When it came time to select colorways, Weitzner and Artistic Tile settled on three varieties of marble in black and white tones. “Sometimes people don’t think of whites and blacks as colors but they absolutely are,” says Weitzner. “We selected whites and blacks that create mood and easily serve as backdrops to other colors, but aren’t dead.”

The Whisper palette utilizes Bardiglio Nuvolato and Bianco Carrara marbles. The lightness of these stones creates an ambiance of calm, quiet, and sanctuary. On the opposite end, the Night Shadows palette veers towards a masculine, urban sophistication rendered in China Black marble.

Both River and Forest are available now for specification. 

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40 Bleecker, Ryan Korban’s First Residential Building, Is a Study in Contrasts

Ryan Korban is spearheading interiors at 40 Bleecker, an in-progress luxury condominium in NoHo, Manhattan. In the lobby, Eric Schmitt’s Ring Suspension chandelier presides over a seating area. Photography by Bjorn Wallander.

Ryan Korban’s name is synonymous with an imaginative yet refined approach to high-end retail and residential spaces. The wunderkind designer counts Alexander Wang, Aquazzura, and Balenciaga among his impressive roster of A-list clients, but decided to chart new territory with his first-ever luxury real estate commission. Broad Street Development recently tapped Korban to outfit interiors at 40 Bleecker, a 61-unit residential building by Rawlings Architects slated for completion in 2019.

Korban’s expertise at seamlessly combining luxe materials and old-world textures is one of 40 Bleecker’s most defining qualities. Honed statuary marble and dove gray terrazzo flooring immediately set the tone in reception, which features suede-paneled and Beauval limestone walls. Statuary marble also clads two custom sofas—perched atop a silk rug—that gather around the bronze-lined fireplace in black marble. A plaster and wrought iron chandelier by Eric Schmitt, one of Korban’s most treasured product designers, presides overhead. (It’s a familiar scene for some: he recreated 40 Bleecker’s sales gallery at Collective Design 2018).

In master bathrooms, Grigio dove and Calcutta marble are arrayed in a chevron pattern. Photography courtesy of 40 Bleecker.

“I usually start with one material and push myself to use it in unexpected ways,” says Korban. “I always try to blend old and new, or bring something traditional into a modern setting.” It’s an apt metaphor for 40 Bleecker, designed to attract an increasingly discerning generation of residents who seek luxury and elegance in a modern setting. The aim, in his words, is “Uptown meets Brutalism.”

Designing around this new paradigm saw Korban leverage his expertise with traditional elements and hard materials to address both large- and small-scale needs of future residents, a challenge he welcomed with gusto. “I really had to consider how people lead their everyday lives,” says Korban. “I became obsessed with aspects of the design like the medicine cabinet because I knew this would be the first thing people touch every morning. It needs to be perfect.”

Cantilevered islands in honed statuary marble command attention in each kitchen. Photography by Bjorn Wallander.

Each residence boasts substantial window banks that bring lush landscaping, which includes a 5,600-square-foot courtyard garden by Hollander Design, within eyeshot. Inside, Miele appliances complement sculptural cantilevered kitchen islands, Italian cerused oak cabinetry, and Listone Giordano French Oak chevron flooring sourced from recycled wine barrels. Amenities are also aplenty: not only does 40 Bleecker provide a white-glove concierge service and state-of-the-art exercise room, but residents can also access an indoor 57-foot swimming pool.

Hand-selected statuary marble envelops each master bathroom. Photography courtesy of 40 Bleecker.

What’s next for Korban aside from residential and commercial projects? He’s designing a custom furniture line and releasing a monograph through Rizzoli, out in September.

Landscaping by Hollander Design will grace the 5,600-square-foot interior courtyard. Photography courtesy of 40 Bleecker.
Penthouse balconies boast sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Photography courtesy of 40 Bleecker.
40 Bleecker will sit at Bleecker and Mulberry Streets in NoHo. Photography courtesy of 40 Bleecker.
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