Pasadena is a special place, and the owner of Saxum Tile Design Studio, Kim Gould, feels encouraged to own a business in a community that celebrates women.
Saxum offers a curated collection of tiles that are well organized, making it very easy for customers — professionals or homeowners — to peruse. The showroom’s trained staff can help at any stage of a project.
“Our process is to first think of the kind of experience we want our customer to have and then bring in the materials to support that experience,” Gould said.
A Glendora native, Gould has been interested in interior design since she was young. She attended UC Santa Barbara and after that attended FIDM in Downtown LA for interior design. Gould is on the board for the Pasadena Chapter of the American Society for Interior Designers (ASID).
“Our mission is to connect with trade professionals in the community,” she said. “If you are a designer, consider us an extension of your team. We pride ourselves on being knowledgeable, responsive and professional.”
Saxum Tile Design Studio represents around 70 tilemakers and importers from around the world. It has a well-curated collection of tiles that are specific to the needs of the greater Pasadena client. It also specializes in custom work.
To continue staff training, Gould’s team attended Coverings, the preeminent event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in North America.
“All the manufacturers and tilemakers from around the world go to the event and show all their new products,” Gould said. “We can see all the new materials. Like with fashion, there’s been a resurgence of 1970s, 1980s and 1990s designs. Whereas it’s fun to see the teenagers wearing the same clothes we wore in high school, it’s the same with tile. Materials, shapes and colors are familiar but presented in a new and fresh way.
“We have a substantial interior design community that continues to grow here in Pasadena. We feel fortunate to be in the company of showrooms like George’s Pipe and Supply, Hollis Pasadena and Cozy Stylish Chic, who just this year launched Designer Domicile, a new space that provides a multitude of resources for professionals.”
Saxum is also a big supporter of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. The 2022 house featured materials in the Guest Suite designed by Rachel Duarte Design Studio and the Young Gentleman’s Quarters designed by Hermogeno Designs.
Saxum is by appointment only to maximize your time in the showroom.
“This one-on-one experience allows us to prepare for your project and to be available to help you find the perfect tiles to fit your style and budget,” she said. “Our goal is that you leave our showroom feeling productive and excited about your project.”
Saxum Tile Design Studio
2295 E. Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena
By appointment only