A Modern Take on Classic Design: Donatella Bianca and Donatella Gris from ANN SACKS®

The dramatic beauty of geometric checkerboard design is redefined by ANN SACKS with its introduction of Donatella Bianca and Donatella Gris.  Soft color and timeworn appeal, the new stone tiles from Portugal create a visual interplay of subtle sophistication. 

The checkerboard motif has been incorporated into interiors for thousands of years, gracing everything from floors and walls to pottery and art.  ANN SACKS creates a modern interpretation of this iconic reference by pairing Donatella Bianca, a composition of shades of white with the deeper grey, with Donatella Gris, with deep grey, shade variations resulting in depth of color and complex textural relief. 

The 14x14 squares have a honed finish and slight distressing around the edges evoking a timeless, acquired air.  The tiles were designed to complement each other, but the squares can be purchased individually, and are appropriate for numerous applications, including floors, walls, shower walls, fireplace surrounds and backsplashes.  As with all stone surfaces, the tiles need to be sealed to keep the stone coloration true, and are suggested for indoor use only.

Founded in 1981, ANN SACKS has built its reputation with inspiring designs in tile, stone, plumbing, lighting and accessories. Based in Portland, Ore., the company is a division of the Kohler Co. Interiors Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kohler Co.  Ann Sacks Tile and Stone, Inc., along with Kallista plumbing and Robern mirrored cabinetry and vanities are part of the Kohler Interiors Decorative Products sector.  Under its Furniture sector resides Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Inc., Baker furniture, Baker Knapp & Tubbs Showrooms and Baker Stores, and McGuire Furniture Company.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.

For additional information regarding ANN SACKS products or showrooms, consumers can call toll-free 1-800-278-TILE or visit the ANN SACKS website at