Walker Zanger announced that Aybars Asci, president and founder of Efficiency Lab for Architecture, is the winner of the inaugural Kaza Design Competition with his original design “Liquid Forms.”
“Liquid Forms is a uniquely exciting contemporary design that really takes advantage of the plasticity of concrete,” said Jared Becker, Walker Zanger vice president of design and marketing. “Because of the numerous designs you can create with just one piece, it allows designers and architects to use the tile to create many exciting sculptural patterns. Aybars’ realization of the three dimensionality possibilities allowed by Kaza’s unique manufacturing process was exemplary.”
"Liquid Forms tile is aesthetically versatile," said Asci. "The soft curvilinear design has a tactile quality that suggests sensuousness and luxury. It is a single tile design that can generate multiple patterns, which is very well suited for residential and hospitality projects."
The winning dimensional design was inspired by the masterpieces of Italian sculptor and architect Bernini, and features an elegantly simple rectangular shape combined with asymmetric surface articulation to generate multiple tiling patterns. Liquid Forms will complement the existing Kaza collection with the smoothness of the concrete combined with its shape giving it a sleek, modern simplicity that is refined and almost aerodynamic. It will be manufactured by Kaza Concrete exclusively for Walker Zanger’s Kaza collection in three colorways, including a metallic.
The competition was conducted in partnership with Architectural Digest and ran from May through September. Participants were tasked with creating an all-new decorative concrete tile that would complement the existing Kaza collection. The judging panel included prominent figures in architecture and interior design: Rafael de Cárdenas, Stephanie Goto, Victoria Hagan, Ryan Korban, Jennifer Post and Nathan Turner.
In addition to receiving royalties from sales, Asci will travel to Budapest, Hungary to tour the factory where Kaza tiles are manufactured.
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