Mendini/Bisazza

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On the occasion of Milan’s ongoing Design Week, Bisazza pays homage to Alessandro Mendini with an exhibition at La Triennale di Milano. In celebration of more than twenty years of collaboration between the Italian mosaic tile company and the design master, the display features large-size works and installations from the Fondazione Bisazza and a loan from the Fondation Cartier in Paris.

Over the years, Bisazza and Alessandro Mendini have shared a creative dialogue stemming from a cultural and aesthetic affinity that have resulted in several works of art and installations. Curated and designed by Atelier Mendini, the more than 400-square-meter exhibit gathers iconic and gigantic sculptures, mostly covered with golden mosaic.

On the occasion of the exhibition, the book “Mosaico Mendini,” written by Stefano Casciani and published by Skira Editore, has been launched. The volume aims to trace all works designed by Mendini with Bisazza mosaics, including those commissioned by others, such as the Torre del Paradiso (Tower of Paradise) of Hiroshima, the Groninger Museum, and the metro lines in Naples.

See more of the stunning mosaic sculptures in the gallery.

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Bisazza Crystal Collection

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Established a half-century ago in Northern Italy’s Alte Vicenza region, Bisazza is one of the world’s most innovative producers of glass mosaics both in terms of technical solutions and style. Their recently launched The Crystal Collection blurs the line between classic design and contemporary decoration, integrating Swarovski crystals within their beautifully-crafted tiles.

The Crystal Collection includes six patterns—Skulls & Crowns, Robots & Hearts, Corals & Seahorses, Flash, Stars and Rain—all reduced into basic forms, outlined on monochromatic backgrounds in the tones of white, blue and black. While Skulls & Crowns offers bold imagery of corsair-inspired skeleton heads and royal crowns that have become ubiquitous with fashion the past few years, other patterns like Flash and Rain take on a more subtle approach with small shiny circles casting a peculiar depth effect.

The new collection is available in Bisazza flagship stores around the world as well as at selected retailers