On location: patterned floors at the Getty Villa

My parents, the inimitable Doc and Maggie, came to visit Miles and me (and the boys) at the end of March. It was a great long weekend, filled with good food, relaxing, and a small earthquake. We took an outing to the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, a 1970's era replica of a first century Roman villa built by J. Paul Getty. If you're in the area, it is certainly worth a visit; the architecture, art, and grounds are all phenomenal. One of my favorite details of the museum were the patterned floors-- each gallery had a different marble pattern, many of which were directly modeled from the original villa, and some of which were made with salvaged ancient Roman marble. 

In fact, we saw patterned floors all over town that weekend. This was in a bathroom of a French restaurant downtown:

Patterned floors can create stunning impact, but they're not for the weak of heart. Case in point: Kelly Wearstler's Bel Air home.

Image source: Architectural Digest

Image source: Architectural Digest

For a more subtle approach, how about these cement tiles which overlay two layers of pattern information while still remaining fairly muted: the tips of the hexagon are tinted in a contrasting color, which are then aligned to create an overall striped effect. We have a few samples of these tiles floating around the office, and they're gorgeous. Somehow they manage to create a watercolor look with pigmented cement, and the results are beautiful. 

Image source here

Image source here

So what's under your feet? xo, Rachel