Beneath the Surface

Jenn Thornton | June 27, 2019 | Style & Beauty Story

Erica Tanov brings surface magic to her eponymous boutique at Larkspur Landing with a full-wall installation of the small brass sequins that inspired her current Shimmer Collection for clé tile.

Not many speak admiringly of the Bay Area commute, but clothing and lifestyle designer Erica Tanov could see the beauty in it. Crossing the San Rafael bridge, en route to her eponymous Marin store at Larkspur Landing, she remembers how “the late-morning sunlight would hit the water just right, creating a moment of magic—the sunlight shimmering on the surface.” Wanting to recreate this luminous effect, Tanov found inspiration in a brass paillette from a favorite pouch and approached architect Douglas Burnham of Envelope A+D with her idea. He then conceptualized a system of nested brass ovals that serve as the signature installation in her coveted retail space.

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Beautiful in any arrangement, whether used sparingly as an art piece or collected as a focal point, the 2 ¼- and 3 ½-inch ovals offer multiple applications in the modern environment.

Now those who have only ever basked in the glow of this stunning architectural surface can have their own shining moment. Tanov’s brilliant idea is the basis for the Shimmer Collection for clé tile—wall-mounted American brass sequins in large- and small-size ovals that are fabricated in Northern California and can be artfully arranged to suit one’s aesthetic preferences. “With the Shimmer Collection, we intended to bring a luxurious touch to any interior setting––a textual surface that can be applied minimally for a hint of glamour or with true decadence by a full wall installation,” Tanov offers. “As with most of my designs, from clothing and accessories to furnishings and wallpaper, inspiration takes root from my deep love of nature, and is a constant undercurrent for my work.” Like the physical world, Shimmer is a beautiful blend of raw and refined, with both a masculine and feminine sensibility.

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Designer Tanov.

More dazzling is the system’s multiple application possibilities—a little glamour goes a long way. To Tanov, whose work has been featured in the likes of Vogue and Architectural Digest, the effect of something as simple as a dash of daylight shimmering across tile that mimics sunlight skimming the surface of the sea isn’t just beautiful, it’s crucial. “I believe surrounding oneself with beauty is paramount,” she says. “What you put… in your home affects the way you feel and those around you.” Large sequin $98 per square foot, small sequin $130 per square foot

Originally published in the June issue of Silicon Valley

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Photography by: Photos: by Michael Weber; Courtesy of clé tile; & by Alanna Hale