This ability to turn a flat surface into an unexpected tactile, textured surface that plays with light is becoming a popular application for clients, she adds.
Bisazza frequently collaborate with designers and architects to translate textiles into mosaic.
“We collaborate with designers like Tricia Guild, a British designer and founder of Designers Guild – an international home and lifestyle company, to make beautiful big patterned interior walls, such as the Alexandria design.”
Amanda says that in Vicenza, a picturesque Italian town where the Bisazza tile originates from, and where she regularly visits, there are whole public walls covered in artistic mosaics made from Bisazza tiles.
“This kind of creativity on a large scale, including in commercial uses, is common in Europe and becoming that way in Australia. Here in New Zealand, designers and architects are also realising the myriad potential of the tile, and the opportunity it provides to offer clients a bespoke centre-piece specific to them. This might reflect their art collection, their hobbies, or literally be a picture of their family. ”
As Amanda reminds her sales team, ‘we don’t just sell tiles, we sell art’.
Another way in which architects and designers can offer customisation is through custom blending Bisazza tiles and the cutting to fit service from Tile Space. Amanda explains the process.
“If a client likes certain colours from our vast colour palette, the Italian manufacturing plant can blend them together to create a bespoke design, laid out on sheets of mosaics for installation. For example, after consulting with the client we might blend 25% of a bold green, a yellow and a brown on a 322×322 sheet for a bathroom mosaic to give it a dewy forest spa feel. Or we could create a mosaic interpretation of a client’s favourite artwork, like we did in the Whitford Estate pool room.
The artistic application and blending is possible because Bisazza glass mosaic is made from the highest quality silica sand from the south of France. The sand has an extremely fine grain, so that all of the granules completely dissipate in the heating process, creating the clarity and purity which sets Bisazza mosaic apart. The glass is finished with intense colours, using the best oxides from Canada.
“This extreme focus on quality means that the tile is flawless and clear, and the glass is hardy and watertight. Crucially, water including rainfall, keeps it clean so its sheen and beauty lasts. This also makes it a perfect material for outdoor applications, especially in pools.”
Tiles are no longer simply a covering, but a vehicle for bespoke, beautiful interior and exterior artworks.