Bayside Resort Garden Pool and Spa

A multi-award winning design milestone

With his signature flair and technical expertise, Steve Taylor of COS Design provided a truly breathtaking solution for the owners of this modern, Melbourne home with incredible views of Port Phillip Bay.

With 17m from street to door and a vertical drop of 5.1m, the space has been extensively terraced, placing the pool as a central part of the guest entrance experience with the incorporation of a large acrylic window. The views of the pool from the balcony above are equally amazing, particularly as the spa doubles as a night-time reflection pond.

His discerning clients having the highest expectations, Steve and his team concluded that only the very highest quality mosaic would do justice to the beautiful pool and spa, specifying Bisazza Gemme mosaic (GM20.77) for the spa and Bisazza Vetricolor (VTC 20.56) for the pool.

Steve commented, “the choice of material for the pool and spa was critical, especially with the large window in the pool making everything so much more visible. We wanted something that feels special and the aesthetic qualities of the Bisazza mosaic helped us to achieve the perfect look.”

Perhaps not surprisingly, the project has been recognised by a string of awards from AILDM (The Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers), HIA (The Housing Industry Association) and Landscaping Victoria.

AILDM:
Allan Correy Award for Design Excellence – C.O.S. Design
Best in category, Landscape Design over $150K - C.O.S. Design
Gold Medal, Best Residential Design over $150K - C.O.S. Design

Landscaping Victoria:
Winner for Landscape Design over 200sq m - C.O.S. Design
Commended for Plants in the Landscape - C.O.S. Design
Winner for Hard Structures in the Landscape - Hamilton Landscapes
Winner for Residential Landscape Construction $300k - Hamilton Landscapes
Winner for Landscape of the Year – Hamilton Landscapes

HIA:
Winner of Best Outdoor project – Atkinson Pontifex


Credits: Design: C.O.S. Design - cosdesign.com.au, Builders: Atkinson Pontifex - atkinsonpontifex.com.au, Landscaping: Hamilton Landscapes - hamiltonlandscapes.com.au, Photography: DPI Photography - dpi.net.au, Mosaic: Bisazza - bisazza-australia.com.au.


Bayside Resort Garden Pool and Spa

Bayside Resort Garden Pool and Spa at Night

Bayside Swimming Pool


Bisazza Rose Gold Detail

Rose Gold - A New Level of Sophistication

To complement the Oro Bis collection of yellow and white gold mosaic, an entirely new Rose Gold option has been created for 2016.

As with the other Oro Bis mosaics, the 24kt gold leaf is hand produced in Florence using a traditional craft method of beating the gold ingot with leather straps.

This gold is then gathered up and encapsulated in fine silica glass, to which a red resin has been added.

The resulting Rose Gold is a brand new twist on gold mosaic, with a warmth and sophistication all of its own.

The new Bisazza Rose Gold mosaic is finished with either a smooth or wavy surface, at a size of 10mm x 10mm.

Rose Gold is available as part of the Bisazza 2016 Collection.

Bisazza Rose Gold Mosaic
ROSE GOLD
Bisazza Perished Rose Gold designed by Studio ob
Bisazza ROSE GOLD is an optional colour in the new PERISHED collection, designed by Studio Job

Awards of Excellence Winner

Featuring Bisazza mosaic, this stunning pool has won the 2015 Gold Award in the category 'Best Residential Courtyard Pool.'

Designed and installed by the accomplished Melbourne pool company 'Out from the Blue,' the wet edge swimming pool and spa makes beautiful use of the subtle, blue-green hues of EMANUELA from the Bisazza blends collection.

SPASA Gold AwardIn spite of some very strong competition, SPASA Victoria judged the pool to be best in its category at the recent 'Awards of Excellence' and presented the Gold Award to OFTB.

 

Best Residential Courtyard Pool 2015
Best Residential Courtyard Pool 2015
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Best Residential Courtyard Pool 2015

Bisazza TULIPS GREY by Marcel Wanders

New Tulips Grey - The Beauty of Contrasts

The TULIPS GREY mosaic is a new interpretation
of the original TULIPS by Marcel Wanders.

Set on a contemporary, neutral background, Marcel's gigantic, swirling, brightly coloured Dutch tulips spring to life in vivid reds and pinks, yellows and oranges, adding a vivacious quality to any room.

In truly innovative Bisazza style, the design also brings together two contrasting techniques. The background pattern is a contemporary digital design, formed from 10mm x 10mm mosaic. The colourful tulips are skilfully hand-cut and placed using premium glass enamel mosaic, positioned over the background to form the finished design.

This combined technique allows the designer more freedom, so the tulips can be positioned to perfectly suit the environment. And of course, every mosaic piece is 100% pure Bisazza.

Tulips Grey is available as part of the Bisazza 2016 Collection.

Bisazza TULIPS GREY by Marcel Wanders
TULIPS GREY
Bisazza TULIPS GREY by Marcel Wanders
TULIPS GREY

Bisazza CHINOISERIE Decoration Mosaic

Chinoiserie - A Dream of China

Drawing inspiration from the delicate Messein porcelain of 18th Century Germany, Carlo Dal Bianco has created CHINOISERIE, a romantic and magnificent decoration mosaic collection.

Europe in the 18th Century was infatuated with a dream-like, idealistic concept of the Far East. The original Chinoiserie became a very popular trend which was most famously depicted in decorative porcelain tableware of the period.

Carlo Dal Bianco's 'imagined' China however, is manifested in six, beautiful panels which depict the characters and scenes of an antiquated Asian life.

Exploiting a combination of techniques, the images are created in sumptuous, 10mm x 10mm, 24k gold mosaic tiles, handmade using the famous Bisazza 'artistic technique.' These lie resplendent against the digitally created white mosaic background.

Carlo Dal Bianco comments:

I love mosaic. It's a technique that's part of me, like drawing, and I use it as an expression of the beautiful things I'd like to surround myself with. It's an ongoing personal research as an antidote against mediocrity. It's an extraordinary matter, shiny and full of personality. It's a little thing which can arouse big emotions.

CHINOISERIE will be available as part of the Bisazza 2016 Collection.

Bisazza CHINOISERIE Decoration Mosaic
Bisazza CHINOISERIE

Bisazza Perished White - Design: Studio Job

Perished: Extravagant , Violent, Breathtaking

PERISHED is a brand new mosaic pattern by Studio Job, in a neo-Gothic style. The graphic pattern depicts real or imaginary animal skeletons caught in a fanciful dance of death. 

The digitally-created design comes in a black and white version - PERISHED White, and in PERISHED Rose Gold, created using rose gold mosaic tiles, introduced for the very first time in a Bisazza decoration.

We want to create a collection that is exclusive for the quality of the materials and techniques. Through the skeletons, violent and innocent, their direct graphic forms depict our times which are extravagant and violent... - Studio Job

Studio Job established in Antwerp in 2000, is a collaboration between Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, both graduates of the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven. Studio Job's commitment to upholding traditional techniques of skilled craftsmanship reflects an ongoing interest in the revival of historical arts, but with a contemporary twist.

PERISHED will be available as part of Bisazza's 2016 Collection.

Bisazza PERSISHED White, Design: Studio Job
Bisazza PERSISHED White, Design: Studio Job
Bisazza PERSISHED Rose Gold, Design: Studio Job
Bisazza PERSISHED Rose Gold, Design: Studio Job

Bisazza Frozen Garden Platinum Ceramic Tiles

A Luxurious New Dimension for Frozen Garden

Gold and Platinum are the new luxurious finishes for the Frozen Garden relief ceramics collection by Marcel Wanders.

First released in 2014, the Frozen Garden ceramic tile collection caused an immediate stir, as interior designers relished its unusual geometric design and tactile beauty.

Announced at the recent Cersaie event in Bologna, two new luxurious finishes for the collection are now available. Using a technique based on traditional Lustreware, first pioneered in English potteries in the late 18th Century, the ceramic tiles are covered with a metallic glaze.

The gold and platinum coatings add a truly extraordinary new dimension to Frozen Garden. The new metallics can also be paired with black or white ceramic tiles, lending a touch of sophistication and glamour to any wall.

Frozen Garden Platinum and Gold will be available as part of Bisazza's 2016 Collection.

 

Bisazza Frozen Garden Platinum Ceramic Tiles
Frozen Garden Platinum Ceramic Tiles
Bisazza Gold Frozen Garden Flower
Gold Frozen Garden Flower
Bisazza Gold Frozen Garden Crystal
Gold Frozen Garden Crystal
Bisazza Platinum Frozen Garden Flower
Platinum Frozen Garden Flower
Bisazza Platinum Frozen Garden Crystal
Platinum Frozen Garden Crystal

New Team Member for NSW and ACT

I am pleased to advise you that David Finnie has joined Bisazza as our Business Development Manager for NSW and ACT.

David comes to Bisazza possessing a very diverse and extensive sales and technical skillset, gained during the last 15 years in working both overseas and locally within the tile industry.

Originating from the UK, David began his career with one of the country's largest tile retailers. During his time there, David managed and was involved in the set-up of a number of strategic tile showrooms.

David then progressed on to a large international bathroom/kitchen/tile designer and manufacturer, where he was responsible for all tiling operations, including design, install and presentation of the bathrooms for his architectural customers. David managed a number of flagship showrooms successfully after having set them up in key locations.

Since David's arrival in Sydney six years ago, he has been working within the tile industry as a senior showroom consultant and architectural/retail sales manager, building a significant network of architects and specifiers and concentrating on a variety of high-end installations.

David has a very strong focus on providing exceptional service to all his customers, who will feel confident with his extensive technical knowledge and approachable manner.

Our Queensland BDM, Ms Antonietta Trungadi, who has been your point of contact, will now be commencing the hand-over to David and will be available to support and assist him as needed.

David will now become your point of contact for any matter relating to NSW and ACT and will be in touch with you shortly.

As always, our customer service team will be happy to be of service to you and look forward to receiving your call on 02 9838 9233, or email to [email protected].

David's contact details are, mobile: 0449 990 328 and email: [email protected]

Con Divis,
Director.


Customised Mosaic Design for the Sundial

Hours To Sunset: A Stunning Bisazza Customisation

Hours to Sunset is a unique mosaic sundial from the ingenious mind of artist Shaun Tan, created to commemorate the centenary of The University of Western Australia.

Shaun Tan grew up in Perth, graduating from The University of Western Australia in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature. He currently works full-time as a freelance artist and author in Melbourne. That’s where Susan Marie, Director of UWA Extension tracked him down with an irresistible opportunity to create a large-scale, west-facing sundial for a prominent wall within the University Campus.

By collaborating with Dr Peter Kovesi (an engineer at UWA’s Centre for Exploration Targeting) who provided the mathematical calculations, Shaun designed a sundial that measures the hours relative to the time of sunset, a system that was widely used in Europe during the middle ages. In Shaun’s spectacular artwork, the sun is shown as an all-seeing bird, with luminous representations of the sky and heavenly bodies, inspired by the medieval Book of Hours.

Shaun Tan Presents His Design
Shaun Tan Presents His Sundial Design

Shaun’s beautifully detailed artwork however, was presented on an A2 size piece of artist’s paper. Somehow it would have to make a colossal leap in scale and medium to become a 4.5m x 8m mosaic installation.

Only one company in Australia – Bisazza - had the aesthetic vision, the range and quality of mosaic, the technology and the craftspeople to enable the final mosaic piece to become a beautiful reality in line with Shaun’s vision.

Carefully scanning Shaun’s original artwork, the Bisazza creative team first produced a pixellated ‘map.’ Using this map as a basis, Shaun and the Bisazza team individually selected differently coloured and textured tesserae from Bisazza’s premium Venetian glass mosaic collections to bring the various parts of the image to life.

Eventually, and with precise mathematical accuracy, Bisazza formed these selections into 375 sheets containing 900 individual tesserae, which combined, amounts to 337,500 individual tiles. Quite a feat!

The Courtyard Golden Egg
The Courtyard Golden Egg

Iain Middleton, a master installer with V-vo Architectural Mosaics in Perth, along with his team of craftsmen, was commissioned to install the mosaic itself and the surrounding courtyard, also designed by Shaun Tan, which features a giant golden egg that is rendered entirely in 10mm x 10 mm Bisazza mosaic.

The task facing Iain and his team was immense – putting together an image delivered in square sheets, using a technique that makes all the seams invisible, bringing out the true character of this type of glass, its brightness, colour and shape and showing the true, organic nature of the artist’s original work. To help with this, Iain selected a special Bisazza translucent epoxy grout (Fillgel), infused with millions of tiny Swarovski crystals, which has the effect of reflecting the adjacent tile colouring.

An impressive 560 man-hours, spread across 27 days saw the customised mosaic installation finally complete.

As customisations go, the project for UWA produced some impressive statistics:

  • Tessera: 10x10x4mm with a grout gap of 0.775 mm
  • Weight of 900 tessera per sheet, across 375 sheets: 266.625 kg
  • Total of 337,500 tessera.
  • Backing and mounting: 425 kg
  • Grout: 54 kg.
  • Total weight added to wall: 745 kg.
  • Total Dimensions: 4.56×8.0 m.

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Enjoy this time lapse movie of the customised mosaic installation:

 

The Completed Customised Mosaic Sundial
The Completed Customised Mosaic Sundial

Jaime Hayon

Jaime Hayon - Urban Genius

Born in Madrid in 1974, Jaime Hayon developed an early fascination with graffiti and skateboard culture - an influence that reverberates through his work even today.

At the forefront of a new wave that blurred the lines between art, decoration and design and a renaissance in finely crafted, intricate objects, Jaime opened the doors to the now famous Hayon Studio in 2000. This allowed him to push the boundaries of many mediums and functions, resulting in collections for very diverse clients. His concern for the conservation of craft skills has joined his path with high-end traditional companies concerned with the evolution of their work, such as Bisazza.

His influence and variety has received important International awards such as Elle Deco International Award 2006, Elle Deco Germany: 'Best International Designer' 2008, 'BEST DESIGNER' for ELLE DECO JAPAN in 2008, AD RUSSIA 'DESIGNER OF THE YEAR' 2009, MAISON OBJET DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 2010.

Over the course of his flourishing career, he has developed influential designs for Moooi furniture, Swarovski lighting fixtures, the Faberge Salon in Geneva, the Info Centre of the Groninger Museum and even installed a giant chess board in Trafalgar Square.

Most recently, Jaime has added to his ‘Bisazza Portfolio’ by creating a stunning collection of Contemporary Cement Tiles that are pure Hayon, through-and-through.

Jaime is currently working on interiors for leading hotels, restaurants and retail establishments around the world. With offices in Italy, Spain and Japan, Hayon’s main interest is to find challenges and new perspectives continuously.

COLUMNS GREEN by Jaime Hayon
COLUMNS GREEN - a design by Jaime Hayon for Bisazza's Decorations Collection
CONTEMPORARY CEMENT TILES HAYON Collection
Semillas Menta, from the HAYON Collection for Bisazza's Contemporary Cement Tiles range