When you approach the new Daltile/Marazzi Design Studio on 49 E 21st Street in Manhattan, you’ll be greeted by a full wall-sized artistic mosaic. The apple blossom—meant to remind you that you are in the Big Apple—is stunningly detailed with water droplets, leaves, and branches. You can see it from the street and it’s a sight you won’t soon forget.
And that’s just the beginning of what the newest Daltile Design Studio has to offer. Once you enter, you’ll find more than an array of tile and natural stone. It is a model of excellence in design, a place to collaborate, and it’s full to the rafters with inspiration.
The design of the studio itself is worth a closer look. It was made to be a place to meet and greet, professionally collaborate, and gather inspiration for your new spaces. Every square inch is the model of excellent design.
The tile floor features Daltile's Imagica in Haze and Exhibition in Gray in a grid pattern that continues through the showroom floor giving it a feel of continuity and spaciousness.
In the work area, Daltile's ever popular Season Wood in Snow Pine creates a mock herringbone pattern that was borrowed from the boardwalks of Coney Island. Neutral colors, especially gray, give the space that contemporary, urban feel that defines NYC.
Large bookmatched quartzite slabs crown the showroom area and are echoed in the luxurious bathrooms. A clever chandelier made from tile by artist Tony Collins, completes the space.
No matter where you look, you’ll find the best in materials, functionality, and aesthetic in the new studio.
The Work Space
Daltile has been in this same NYC location for many years, but the renovation of the space from a gallery to a design studio meant introducing a new element. Corinthia Runge, manager of Gallery and Showroom Operations, said “We’ve been in the heart of New York City for more than ten years now and have grown up with the Manhattan design community. As our brands evolve with the needs of our customers, we wanted to provide a space that offers the tools and resources to foster those fresh perspectives.”
The studio was designed to accommodate community events for architectural design organizations like the Industrial Designers Society of America and the American Institute of Architects. It has a surprisingly open floor plan for a showroom and has moveable workstations that can double as event seating for 100 people.
Additionally, the studio has a library of loose, full-size tile that is easily accessible to the main working area. The large work space is equipped with a lighting tool that allows customers to see tile in several different lighting situations—natural light, incandescent, halogen, etc. It’s meant to give customers a better opportunity to create successful designs.
You can also experience interactive tools like a digital inspiration gallery, catalog, and design visualizers on the studio’s LCD touch screen.
The studio is also everything you would expect of a well-designed showroom. The walls are covered with expertly designed tile panels that offer plenty of inspiration for new designs. They showcase a variety of tile, grout, and patterns that you’d expect from a Daltile showroom.
There are also two vignettes to provide inspiration for some of the most popular projects--kitchens and baths.
The newest products are clearly visible at the front of the studio so recent trends and new ideas in tile are always at the forefront.
Stop by and experience the magic of the new space for yourself. You can also visit one of Daltile’s other studios in Miami, Dallas, Philadelphia, or San Francisco.