Allessandro Mendini Exhibit at the Bisazza Foundation

THE BISAZZA FOUNDATION

Design. Architecture. Photography.

Text by Ian Phillips, with contributions by Jonas Tebib and Filippo Maggia. The first complete publication on the Bisazza Foundation Permanent Collection.

“If Lewis Carroll’s quintessential Victorian heroine Alice came to life, pressed fast-forward and found herself slipping down a 21st-century rabbit hole, she’d no doubt feel quite at home if it culminated at the Bisazza Foundation… sitting here in all their splendour she’d find a monumental multi-colored chair that stands 3.2 meters high, a shimmering silver chandelier covered with thousands of mosaic tesserae weighing some 850 kilos and a wonderfully wacky mosaic-clad car.” Ian Phillips.

Bisazza announces the release of the first monograph on the Bisazza Foundation, published by Rizzoli, with introduction by British journalist and author, Ian Phillips. The book leads readers through the Bisazza Foundation – a private, non-profit institution open to the public – whose more than 8,000-square-metre exhibit space hosts a wide-ranging Permanent Collection that bears witness to the Bisazza family’s passion for art.

Once a factory for glass mosaics, the space has been renovated and converted to twenty one rooms that host the many works and installations by internationally renowned architects and designers, like Aldo Cibic, Jaime Hayon, Arik Levy, Richard Meier, Alessandro Mendini, Fabio Novembre, Ettore Sottsass, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders; artists Sandro Chia and Mimmo Paladino, and the Florentine Emilio Pucci fashion house.

The book concludes with the exhibit area “Architectural Photography”, which showcases the works of grand masters, like Berenice Abbott, Eugène Atget, Gabriele Basilico, Roland Fischer, Candida Höfer, Julius Shulman and Hiroshi Sugimoto, as well as the photo series by famous Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, commissioned by the Foundation. Jonas Tebib – Head of the Sotheby’s France Photography Department – and by Filippo Maggia, Art Curator specialising in photography, signed two texts reflecting on photography of the various authors.

“I believe the allure of this place lies in the spectacular oversizing of the works on display and to the vaguely fairy-tale atmosphere that surrounds them”. Rossella Bisazza, Vice President of the Bisazza Foundation.

The Bisazza Foundation is available from Amazon and other good quality retailers.

The Bisazza Foundation book, by Ian Phillips


Traditional. Contemporary. Mesmerising.

Made by hand using traditional techniques, yet with a chic, modern look, Bisazza CEMENTILES are a visual and tactile delight.

Without exception, every single cement tile is created from beginning to end by a Bisazza artisan, one piece at a time. This process creates small variations between each tile that makes every one unique, adding to their charm and elegance. It also ensures that each piece is of far higher quality than any mass-produced equivalent.

The tiles are produced upside-down and the process involves carefully layering two mixtures.

Mixture number one consists of high durability white cement wth marble dust and coloured oxides. This is hand-poured into a pattern mould and determines the design and colour of the Bisazza CEMENTILES.

Onto this layer, a mixture of cement and sand is poured to form the bottom layer. The tile is then locked into its shaped forme until completely dry (tiles are available in square and hexagonal formats).

The final stage is the hand-application of an impregnating water-repellant sealant.

The exceptional qualities of this traditional process have attracted some of the world's most innovative designers to contribute contemporary patterns to the range, including Paola Navone, Jaime Hayon, India Mahdavi, Tom Dixon, David Rockwell, Carlo Dal Bianco, Fernando and Humberto Campana.

Bisazza CEMENTILES make mesmerising coverings for both residential and commercial interior floors with moderate foot traffic and are also ideal for walls.

A Bisazza Technician Inspects A Cement Tile Mould

Layer Two Is Gently Applied to the Cement Tile

The Cement Tile Assembly Is Inserted Into The Dryer

The finished designer Cement Tiles


The Gardens of Versailles in Mosaic

VERSAILLES IN MOSAIC

Internationally renowned architect and designer Carlo Dal Bianco has produced a swathe of richly detailed, floral mosaic patterns, exclusively for Bisazza.

The French gardens of the early 19th century and artwork from the same period are celebrated in a collection of six new designs.

The warmth and detail of PENSÉE is inspired by the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. TRIANON recaptures the style of French wallpapers from the period, whilst PETIT TRIANON reflects the delicate decor of a chateau close to the palace.  BOUGAINVILLIER is a simpler, bolder impression of the vivid French garden flower of the same name. HAMEAU captures the essence of country life at the queen’s former residence of Hameau de la Reine. Finally, rendered in incredibly realistic detail, is MALMAISON, a homage to the immaculate rose gardens at Versailles.

All of these patterns are rendered in premium 10mm mosaic by the skilful craftspeople of the Bisazza Atelier, selecting from a huge range of colours and textures to capture all of the detail of Dal Bianco’s designs.

See more of the Bisazza 2019 Floral Patterns here or email [email protected] for more information.

BOUGAINVILLIER Floral Mosaic Pattern

HAMEAU Floral Mosaic Pattern

MALMAISON Floral Mosaic Pattern


Bisazza Mosaic Pebbles

PEBBLES: BEAUTY, INNOVATION, RARITY

The Pebbles collection is a new limited edition line of coffee tables, designed by Marcel Wanders to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the partnership between Bisazza and the Dutch designer.

The collection perfectly blends Wanders’ unmistakably vibrant style with Dutch decorative tradition, creating an elaborate interplay of textures and brilliantly coloured floral decorations.

The master mosaicists of the Bisazza Atelier make each piece entirely by hand, combining the glass mosaic tesserae and gold tiles in the ancient Opus Tessellatum style.

Marcel Wanders comments:
“When thinking about our 15-year friendship and collaboration with Bisazza, the word that comes to mind is ‘surprising’. Bisazza’s affinity for beauty with just the right amount of innovation is in perfect alignment with our goal of uplifting the human spirit and bringing the human touch back to design. Together, we make the world less boring.”

See more of this exquisite, limited edition here or email [email protected] for more information.

Bisazza Mosaic Pebbles
Bisazza Mosaic Pebbles
Bisazza Mosaic Pebbles
Bisazza Mosaic Pebbles


AMELIE BLUE Swimming Pool Mosaic Pattern

YOUR POOL, INSPIRED BY PUCCI

Rendered in sumptuous Bisazza mosaic, to a design by the iconic fashion house, this is the AMELIE BLUE swimming pool mosaic pattern.

Celebrating the vivid prints that made Emilio Pucci famous, the design clearly demonstrates the designer's unique sense for bold abstracts and colour harmonies.

The AMELIE BLUE pool design is handmade from a range of 10mm tiles from the SMALTO and VETRICOLOR ranges and continues the long and successful collaboration between Bisazza and Pucci.

For further information, contact Bisazza Australia Customer Service: 02 9838 9233 or [email protected]

See more Bisazza pool mosaics here.

AMELIE BLUE Swimming Pool Mosaic Pattern


Bisazza Mosaic at the Mondrian Spa

WANDERS' MAGICAL MONDRIAN

Bisazza Mosaic at the Mondrian SpaMondrian Doha, interior design by Marcel Wanders, operated by global hospitality company sbe, 2017, www.marcelwanders.com

The exceptional interior of this Five Star hotel in Doha was envisioned by internationally acclaimed designer, Marcel Wanders.

Each part of the hotel, whilst very much part of a sensory theme, has its own identity, crafted using innovative materials and techniques.

The female spa in particular, exudes femininity with soft, warm tones and curved lines, creating a space that is both luxurious and peaceful. In the steam room, shimmering Bisazza mosaic is arranged in a unique flower petal design, covering the floor and walls in a 'secret garden' theme.

Wanders has filled the Doha Mondrian with mesmerising features but the beautiful spa is the definition of magical.

See more Bisazza florals

Bisazza Mosaic at the Mondrian SpaMondrian Doha, interior design by Marcel Wanders, operated by global hospitality company sbe, 2017, www.marcelwanders.comBisazza Mosaic at the Mondrian SpaMondrian Doha, interior design by Marcel Wanders, operated by global hospitality company sbe, 2017, www.marcelwanders.comBisazza Mosaic at the Mondrian SpaMondrian Doha, interior design by Marcel Wanders, operated by global hospitality company sbe, 2017, www.marcelwanders.com


Il Giardino Segreto - Bisazza's 2018 Cersaie Stand

IL GIARDINO SEGRETO

Il Giardino Segreto - Bisazza's 2018 Cersaie Stand

A floral mosaic installation for Cersaie 2018.

With works by:
NENDO, Kiki van Eijk, Tricia Guild, Tord Boontje, Carlo Dal Bianco, Marcel Wanders.

At this year's leading international show for designer surfaces, Bisazza has transformed a section of the venue into a lush, French-style garden. Abundant trees, hedges and shrubs form the backdrop for twenty nature-inspired mosaic patterns.

For many years, Bisazza decorations have included timeless floral motifs, reinterpreted through the ingenious contemporary vision of eminent international designers.

On display are some of the company’s most iconic floral patterns - some of them making their debut here in unprecedented colours. Alongside them, a bouquet of brand new designs "blooms" in a profusion of cornflowers, poppies, roses, pansies and tiny wildflowers. With these new patterns, designer Carlo Dal Bianco pays tribute to France, taking as inspiration the beauty and elegance of its most famous gardens, castles and palaces.

Other exclusive previews of Bisazza's 2019 Collection include colorful SWAROVSKI crystals (10x10mm) which add their sparkle to eight new mosaic blends. Eight monochromatic blends from the Bisazza Cementiles collection are also on display, available for the first time in a smaller format (10x10cm).

See the 2019 Collection Preview

Il Giardino Segreto - Bisazza's 2018 Cersaie Stand


A GLAMOROUS 'ART HOUSE' DESIGN

Art House design featuring Frozen Garden

This luxurious Art House ensuite shower contrasts the simple relief forms of FROZEN GARDEN ceramics with beautifully detailed mosaic.

Intended to produce a dark and masculine feel for this unique residence, the ensuite space has become a focal feature of the overall design. The relief forms of Bisazza FROZEN GARDEN white ceramic tiles are cleverly accentuated by dramatic lighting.

The project's multi-award-winning designer Mark Gacesa of Ultraspace, wanted to create an amazing entrance experience and chose dimmable rebated spotlights to show off the beautiful three-dimensional pattern.

On the opposing walls, the design features a multi-coloured mix of Bisazza mosaic of varying sizes, the colouring of the tesserae creating a seductive warmth. The tiles themselves were selected from the LE GEMME range for their luxurious richness of detail.

Mark comments:

"The Master Ensuite of the Art House is a unique and glamorous luxury experience that will stand the test of time. It was created by mixing stone, glamorous and exotic tile and wall finishes, uniquely responsive shapes, quality fixtures and fittings, unique lighting and creative design."

 

Frozen Garden Ceramics and LeGemme Mosaic

LeGemme Mosaic at the Art- House


The Bisazza DELHI mosaic blend on a beautiful Australian backyard pool

ORGANIC HARMONY

The Bisazza DELHI mosaic blend on a beautiful Australian backyard pool

Carefully selected Bisazza mosaic creates harmonious perfection for this Melbourne garden landscape concept.

The Bisazza DELHI mosaic blend suffuses itself into the contemporary concrete surroundings, contrasted with vibrant trees and shrubs. A sublime combination of deep emerald green and warm grey VETRICOLOR tesserae, form a relaxing, natural rapport.

The project, conceived by Nathan Burkett Design and installed by Neptune Pools, has created a truly calm and beautiful space in an inner city suburb.

DELHI is a Bisazza VETRICOLOR blend (VTC 20.65 and VTC 20.86).


Butterfly 8 Bisazza Cementiles

A BATHROOM AS A WORK OF ART

A humble bathroom in a Melbourne terraced house has been utterly transformed by local architects Winwood McKenzie as part of a whole-house renovation concept.

The room was conceived as a work of art in itself. The feature floor is from the Bisazza CEMENTILES Collection - a design by India Mahdavi renowned as the 'queen of colour.' Mahdavi's BUTTERFLY 8 design is the perfect complement to the curving shapes and calming colours throughout the room. Asked about her love of colour, Mahdavi comments, "It’s the best way to bring sunshine into a space."

Architect Thomas McKenzie says about the design, "The new spaces possess a strong personality and sense of individuality. The density of ideas creates an architecture that is layered, referential and detailed in conception and realisation. The engaging peacefulness of the house is enriched yet remains undisturbed."

The renovation is a perfect demonstration of how one simple bathroom can become so much more with beautiful design.

See all Bisazza CEMENTILES here.

Butterfly 8 Bisazza Cementiles in Winwood McKenzie's Melbourne House Interior