Mosaic design at the Andaz Prinsengracht hotel

Andaz Amsterdam is 'Best Design' Hotel 2014, the world’s leading luxury travel site, has announced the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht the winner in the category 'Best Design Hotel'. The awards are issued to hotels that according to Managing Editor Leigh Crandall, "capture the style, sense of place and outstanding experience that makes a Jetsetter hotel the best in a given destination."

The hotel’s interior is a Marcel Wanders concept. The building, which used to be the public library of Amsterdam, cherishes Dutch heritage in a multitude of ways. Sensibilities from the Golden Age and the Discovery Age, as well as Delftware, historical maps, navigation instruments and Amsterdam's creative and knowledge economy, all inform its design.

Mosaic Interior Design at the Andaz Hotel Amsterdam

In the atrium, the carpeted floor represents a map of the world and the lighting installation an ancient navigation system for travellers, with its constellation of shimmering stars. The wallpaper depicts Amsterdam’s architectonic heritage and an array of symbols are organised to illustrate the ascending from hell to heaven. The lavishly proportioned signature Bell Lamps, with their internal royal chandeliers, welcome international guests to this smart yet relaxed hotel.

The wall and floor coverings make extensive use of Bisazza mosaic as an integral part of Marcel’s design concept. One especially impressive work can be found in the hotel’s Bluespoon restaurant where one entire wall is clad in a hand made abstract mosaic visual which brings the entire space to life.

In Marcel's own words, "As a designer, I always try to design things with personality and character. I even hand painted each wash basin in my one minute style myself! They are all unique. The Andaz is my gift to Amsterdam!"

Mosaic Design at the Bluespoon Restaurant Andaz Hotel Amsterdam

Glass Tea House Mondrian

A Balance Between Art and Nature

As part of the Venice Architecture Bienniale 2014, “Glass Tea House Mondrian” is proving to be a ‘must-see’ attraction for visitors.

The artist, Hiroshi Sugimoto, is known worldwide for his black-and-white photographs and Glass Tea House Mondrian is his first architectural piece which has been made possible thanks to the support of Fondazione Bisazza, amongst others.

Inspired by pre-modern abstraction, the Pavilion consists of two main elements: an open-air landscape and an enclosed glass cube. The landscape (approximately 40 metres long and 12.5 metres wide) follows a path along a reflecting pool, leading the visitor to a glass cube (2.5 x 2.5 metres), inside which the traditional Japanese tea ceremony is performed on a regular basis. The glass cube hosts two visitors at a time together with the tea master, while spectators can watch the ceremony from outside.

The reflecting pool, a key element of the pavilion, is lined entirely with Bisazza Opera 25.02 mosaic. This has been made possible thanks to a collaboration with Fondazione Bisazza. Fondazione Bisazza, is Bisazza’s cultural space which is dedicated to contemporary design and architecture and displays both permanent and temporary exhibitions.

According to Sugimoto: “The Glass Tea House Mondrian creates a bond between interior and exterior, nature and artifice, lightness and heaviness, water and soil, a bond which is presented in the use of wood from Japan for the external fence, the use of Venetian mosaics for the reflecting pool, and glass for the tea house, in which the merge between Japanese tradition and modern technology can be experienced.”

Glass Tea House Mondrian

Short biography – Hiroshi Sugimoto

Born in Tokyo in 1948, Sugimoto has lived in New York since 1974. He has acquired an international reputation as a photographic artist and has exhibited his works in major art museums throughout the world. In recent years he has been expanding his field of activity to literary and architectural work. In 2008, he founded New Material Research Laboratory, an architectural design office which was commissioned to design the Izu Photo Museum in Shizuoka prefecture. His recent written works include “Sense of Space” published by Magazine House, and “Origin of Art” by Shincho-sha. As a connoisseur of traditional arts and theater, Sugimoto has led the direction of Ningyo Joruri Bunraku (Japanese puppet theatre) production of “Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju: The Love Suicides at Sonezaki”, which was performed in Madrid, Rome, and Paris in autumn 2013 and again in Tokyo and Osaka in March 2014. Sugimoto has won many awards, including the 21st Praemium Imperiale in 2009, Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon by Japanese Government in 2010, the Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Order of Arts and Letters) by French Government in 2013.

Double Triumph in Melbourne

Frozen Garden once again stopped designers and architects in their tracks at the recent ARC event, held at Zinc, Federation Square, Melbourne.

The beautiful new Ceramic collection by Marcel Wanders, Frozen Garden continues to surprise and delight professionals whenever they see it 'in the flesh.' Representatives from 124 of Melbourne's leading architecture, interior design and landscaping businesses enjoyed getting to grips with this landmark ceramic collection.

But whilst there was plenty of fascination for Frozen Garden, there was at least an equal amount of interest in Bisazza Australia's new Pool Cartella: a selection of 35 stunning mosaics, specially designed to look amazing under our unique, southern hemisphere sunlight.

In particular, the unique new Bisazza hot melt system for the Pools Collection is a watershed for the Australian pools market, and attendees from Landscaping Companies and Pool Builders responded very positively to the new system.

The Bisazza Australia stand at ARC MelbourneOur run of ARC events is now at a close, but if you attended one of these events, we at Bisazza Australia would love to get your opinion of them: did you find them useful, informative, and would you go again? If you have a moment, please let us have your thoughts either by using our contact form, or simply email us.

Thanks to all who attended!

Bisazza Pool Mosaic

Beautifully Strong Mosaic

PVA Hotmelt System

Even stronger mosaic adhesion with the new Bisazza PU Hotmelt system.

In purely pragmatic terms, the temperature range of our Australian climate can present challenges for pool builders and designers. For the first time, Bisazza has developed an innovative support system for tile sheets that ensures tile adhesion exceeds the requirements of the latest Australian standards.

The secret lies in the very small contact point between individual tiles, which leaves much more surface area for adhesion.

Another noticeable benefit of the new system is that the tile alignment is very straight and even, making installation easier and the overall finish much more precise.

Unlike some other tile sheet systems, the hotmelt joint does not protrude between the tiles, which allows for deep and uniform penetration of the grout, and also contributes to a lasting, professional finish.

Bisazza’s technical team has taken some time to develop and perfect the new system, to ensure it performs to the highest possible standards.

The new PU Hotmelt system has been subjected to the most rigorous pull-off test ever conducted by the CSIRO and all Bisazza products have passed with flying colours.

The new system has been certified by CSIRO under the following standards specifications:

AS ISO 13007.2.2013, Tile adhesion strength.
AS 3958.1.2007 PART 1, Tile adhesive coverage.

The new system is now a standard specification on the stunning Australian Pools Collection.

For further technical information about the new hotmelt mounting system, please email Bisazza: [email protected]

Australian Pool Mosaic 2014 Collection

See Bisazza at the Brisbane Pool & Spa Expo

In 2014, Bisazza has taken yet another bold step and selected 35 designs to make up a pool ‘Cartella’ which is unique to Australia and New Zealand. The design team has recognized that the southern hemisphere light differs from that in any other part of the world. The 2014 Pools Collection consists of mosaic colours and textures that interact with our very special sunlight in the most astonishing way.

You can see the 2014 Australian Pools Collection for yourself at the Brisbane Pool & Spa Expo:

Pool Spa & Outdoor Living Expo
RNA Showgrounds Exhibition Hall
3-4 May 2014

We hope to see you there...

Bisazza and Emilio Pucci



At the recent Salone del Mobile di Milano, BISAZZA showcased a new collection of mosaic patterns, artistically influenced by celebrated EMILIO PUCCI prints.

Both BISAZZA and EMILIO PUCCI are recognised internationally for their signature use of pattern and colour in sophisticated, daring, and elegant blends. Interpreted in large mosaics, the new BISAZZA collection draws upon details from original prints signed by the Marquis Emilio Pucci and transforms the famous designs into virtual “enlargements” of swirling colour, created to embellish the most contemporary interiors.

Geometric patterns and striking colours define the motifs for the Alba, Amelie and Onde designs…

Visually bold, Alba (designed in 2006) is a floral print conveyed in rich colours that, cleverly juxtaposed, makes this a surprising and sophisticated interior design solution for the living room.

Alba Mosaic Design

Alba Mosaic Design

Star player Amelie (introduced in 2006) is another geometric floral pattern in shades of aquamarine, on a black and white background, producing a very modern graphic effect. The print, which opens up across six panels, communicates a sense of movement and harmonious continuity.

Amelie Mosaic Design

Amelie Mosaic Design

Based on the designs for a scarf published in 1969, the Onde pattern symbolises the fluid motion of the sea, presented in delightfully unexpected warm shades of brown, beige, white and black.

Onde Mosaic Design

Onde Mosaic Design

In addition to the three digitally created patterns, the collection also includes three precious decorative mosaic panels made entirely by hand using the traditional ‘opus tessellatum’ technique. The panels showcase motifs inspired by three historical prints of the maison Emilio Pucci: Collane (1971), Fontana (1968) and Vivara (1976).

Fantasy and sophistication give life to these three artworks which are characterised by unique textures and color combinations: acid tones for Collane, turquoise and cobalt shades for Fontana, and a mix of coral and burgundy for Vivara. Blurring the lines between fashion, art, and design, the masterfully crafted mosaic panels are designed to decorate a wide variety of interiors.

Collane Decoration Mosaic

Collane Decoration Mosaic

Fontana Decoration Mosaic

Fontana Decoration Mosaic

Vivara Decoration Mosaic

Vivara Decoration Mosaic

This captivating collection is proof of the success of the “partnership in prints” between the house of EMILIO PUCCI and BISAZZA decorative mosaics. The collection truly characterizes the style and caliber of these two iconic Italian brands.

"This is a great opportunity for our graphic designs to move beyond the bounds of the concept of fashion, evolving into a bold new artistic expression. Bisazza’s interpretation of our prints underscores their beauty and power, thanks to the fine quality and attention to detail of Italian-made products." Laudomia Pucci

Bisazza Display Stand

Another Big Night Out for Frozen Garden

ARC Sydney proved to be another huge outing for Bisazza's new ceramic collection: Frozen Garden.

At a very busy On Seven Ballroom, on Castlereagh Street, it was the turn of Sydney's interior designers and architects to get to grips with the striking Marcel Wanders designed range.  ARC visitors were able to handle actual tile samples and view the displays at Bisazza Australia's stand.

The Bisazza team continue to be amazed by the stir that Frozen Garden is causing, wherever they go. And at Sydney in particular, visitors were staying and chatting and handling the samples for quite some time before continuing around the room. Although their reaction is understandable, as Frozen Garden really is something very different - a highly tactile product for modern, elegant interiors.

Bisazza Show StandBisazza Australia are attending one more ARC Event in Melbourne if you want to get to grips with Frozen Garden, or discuss any of the other exciting Bisazza developments for 2014:

ARC Melbourne, 15th May 2014 at Zinc at Fed Square, Cnr Federation Sq/Swanston St., 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

See you there!

The Brisbane ARC Event, 2014

Frozen Garden the Showstopper in Brisbane

For a frantic two hours last week, the Brisbane interior design and architecture community descended on the ARC Event, held at Lightspace in Fortitude Valley. The entire evening was busy, buzzing and extremely well attended.

The Bisazza Australia team were showing off Frozen Garden, the stunning new Ceramic collection by Marcel Wanders, with displays and physical samples for show-goers to get to grips with.

Frozen Garden caused such a stir that none of the Bisazza team had a moment to draw breath during the entire two hour event, as a constant flow of people came by wanting to see, touch and talk about the tile samples. And who can blame them? Frozen Garden's angular crystal design and matt finish make it truly distinctive and very special.

Bisazza Show StandIf you would like to see Frozen Garden for yourself, or discuss any of the other exciting Bisazza developments for this landmark year, you can catch Bisazza Australia at:

ARC Sydney, 20th March 2014 at the On Seven Ballroom, David Jones, 86-108 Castlereagh St., 6.30pm - 8.30pm or
ARC Melbourne, 15th May 2014 at Zinc at Fed Square, Cnr Federation Sq/Swanston St., 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

See you there!

Ceramic Tiles

Collezione Ceramica Launched

For the first time ever, Bisazza has introduced ceramic into its 2014 collection.

Frozen Garden is a wall cladding collection that creates a stunning backdrop. An unusual matt finish accentuates its angular crystal design, which is interspersed with geometric flower details. The collection is another masterpiece from Marcel Wanders, whose work is exhibited worldwide at MOMA New York, London’s V&A and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Simple and elegant, Frozen Garden is available in black or white tiles and is created with premium quality white clay.

Origini is a flooring collection, which ironically, begs to be touched. Each tile is subtly textured with a scattering of embedded glass chippings, giving the design a truly mesmerizing quality. A white or black option is available with the evocatively named Cenere (Ash) or Lava tile colours.

Acromi, the second flooring collection, celebrates simplicity with a range of eight warm, subdued colours to perfectly complement any living space. Ossido in particular has a truly extraordinary thunder cloud quality to the colour.

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0010363_2013Driven by the entrepreneurial fire of Bisazza, and with the commitment of highly respected international designers, Collezione Ceramica 2014 is just the start of a whole new, creative way to enjoy the luxury of Bisazza.


Decoration Mosaic AFFRESCO

CERSAIE, Bologna

Bisazza's stand at CERSAIE was, as usual a focal point for visitors.

The company occupied a large stand space and used this iconic show to reveal a preview of the exciting Collezione 2014.

Highlights included a look at the stunning Ceramica Collection launching in 2014, plus brand new glass mosaic tile collections from leading international designers Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Interiors, Paola Navone and Marcel Wanders.

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tile0913-CersaiePreview-1-6152014 is a very exciting year for Bisazza with a lot of new developments. Look out for breaking news.