If you've been on Instagram in the past few years, there's a good chance you've seen Anthony D'Argenzio's kitchen. The face behind "design, creative services, and photography studio" Zio and Sons bought an old building in historic Hudson, New York, and renovated it along with his wife, Hillary, to become This Old Hudson, a rental property and event space. Within a few months, D'Argenzio recalls, "it kind of went viral, which led to a point of wanting to do a whole line around our aesthetic."
Well, now all those who fervently pinned and saved photos of This Old Hudson can get one step closer to bringing that aesthetic into their own homes. Last week, D'Argenzio launched his first product line, a collaboration with tile company Clé—and it all began with the This Old Hudson kitchen.
That viral kitchen in This Old Hudson featured a backsplash of iridescent square zellige tile from Clé, which became the jumping-off point for Clé x Zio, a line of Moroccan-made mosaic tiles in four colors.
"I just really like that type of tile," D'Argenzio says of the zellige (aka mosaic tilework). "It’s handmade, it comes from Morocco, each tile is hand painted and kilned and hand-chiseled so it has a unique look to it. No tile is the same. The depth and how it lays; there’s a unique texture, an artisan appeal that’s hard to replicate."
That artisan appeal is a big part of the Zio and Sons aesthetic—and a reason the tile, straight from Morocco, feels so at home in spaces designed by D'Argenzio.
"I wouldn’t say my style is very Moroccan by any means, but I’m an old soul and I’m drawn to classic pattern, and I think that’s what inspired me is the artisan elements and the classic pattern, with the octagon and the small square," he says. In addition to the square and octagon tiles, the line includes a pre-laid mosaic border, an easy way to get a custom look. On one project, D'Argenzio used it to border a hood, drawing the eye up from the stove and backsplash.
"For an installer, to get that look you would really have to go, spend a lot of money for the cutting and the time," D'Argenzio explains. "So this is all kind of ready for you, and the trim pieces act like another design element that could really make it your own."
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