Michael S. Smith is a designer known for combining worlds, he loves to mix the classicism of the old world into modern settings and that mindset definitely shows up in his tile designs for Ann Sacks. Smith is known for the redecoration of America’s Executive Mansion, the White House, after the Obama’s moved in, here you can see how he likes to combine time periods, styles, and colors in ways that the average mortal might not come up with, combining the worlds of Old Europe with Modern America. Smith says that a lot of drive to design comes from not being able to find certain things, so he creates them. I’m loving what I’m seeing in the way he combines traditionally shaped tiles and bright metallic finishes or the use of traditional shapes like the Greek Key into a modern looking border. Join me for a tour of Smith’s designs at Ann Sacks and prepare to be inspired, Enjoy!!!
The Cosmati Collection
The Cosmati Collection draws inspiration from Parisian antiques, Greece and Morocco and definitely brings to mind grand foyers of the palaces of Europe and American mansions from the late 19th & early 20th century. Imagine a bathroom in these gorgeous tiles or the entryway of your home.
Pure gold and platinum leaf are used in the creation of the Gilt collection, the leaf is applied to faceted tiles to add a little more of a jewel quality, much like a faceted diamond.
The Labyrinth collection is a porcelain tile collection inspired by the lattice work and screens found in Morocco.
The Mosaic tiles are a definite combination of Old Work type tiles in a modern color combination of Black and White.
Signature is a combination of old and new along with comfortable elegance. I love the beveled edges of the Subway style tile, gives a commonly used tile a whole new look.