If you were a fan of Zio and Sons’ This Old Hudson, a combination creative studio and short-term rental space, chances are the company’s latest collection with Cle Tile will pique your interest. Inspired by the weathered zellige tile used in the location’s kitchen, the two brands teamed up to create Zio Zellige, a line of terra-cotta mosaic tiles hand cut and painted in Morocco. We caught up with Zio and Sons founder Anthony D’Argenzio to get the scoop on the new collaboration and learn what’s next for the bespoke design and photography studio.
How did your collaboration with Cle Tile come about? The collaboration came about organically. We used Cle Tile’s zellige when creating “This Old Hudson,” and people really fell in love–it went viral on social media. That really put zellige on the map for Cle Tile, and we began thinking about launching a line.
What was your inspiration for the collection? When we initially started working with Cle Tile, we played around with the idea of cement or porcelain tiles. But people loved the zellige so much that we decided to reinvent that substrate. Inspired by old-world patterns, I went with a neutral timeless color palette that could be used anywhere. There’s Weathered White, Charred Cedar, Natural and Moroccan Sea Salt, which is a new color I created just for this collection that’s a purer white.
Why did you decide to leave the Natural tile unglazed? I liked the patina unglazed terra cotta creates, and I really wanted people to get creative with the way they used the tiles. Could you imagine unglazed terra cotta used in a backyard as walls for a potting shed? The changing tones of the natural terra cotta would be so beautiful over time, and I really wanted this collection to age well within the home.
Which color combo would you go for in your own kitchen? I really like the Weathered White and Moroccan Sea Salt combination. It’s really subtle and clean. I’m dying to use the Charred Cedar and the Moroccan Sea Salt for a bathroom floor–it would look so luxe and regal. I’d also love for someone to use the tile for a pool with the mosaic border pieces used to trim the edge.
What’s next on the horizon for Zio And Sons? Right now we’re renovating our next phase of This Old Hudson residences, which offer long-term designer rentals for full-time residents. We also have some new home decor product collaborations in the works, so keep an eye out for a new launch next year!