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Tord Boontje for Bisazza

Italian tile manufacturers Bisazza know a thing or two about mosaics. The company has been making the glass tiles at its factory in Vicenza since 1956 and have worked with everyone from Ettore Sottsass to Jaime Hayon. This year the brand launched four new glass mosaic wall decorations by Dutch designer Tord Boontje as part of its 2012 tile Collection.

Pixelated patterns inspired by treasured photographs and memories

Having previously worked with Bisazza in 2009 on a series of commondes and coffee tables called Digital memories, Boontje has revisited some of the original designs to create a new collection of wall decorations. Called, Day Vision, Night Vision, Dark Water and Clear Water, the designs are made up of  10 x 10 mm enamel squared tesserae tiles that are paper face mounted. Boontje has created a light and dark version of each design suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

The designs are inspired by pixelated images that are captured on camera and video. Boontje says of the designs, ”The collection of mosaic for Bisazza is based on the idea to use images that trigger memories when you look at them. A pattern of sunlight filtering through the leaves of trees can remind you of a nice summer day, a picnic in the park or daydreaming in the back of a car and watching the landscape going by. These patterns become personalised memories for each viewer, we all share these memories.”

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About the Manufacturer: Founded in 1956 in Alta Vicenza in Northern Italy, Bisazza’s main claim to fame is as one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of glass mosaics for interior and exterior decoration. Presently, the company is one of the top design brands in the world, with work by renowned designers like Ettore Sottsass, Fabio Novembre, and Patricia Urquiola. 

About the Designer: Studio Tord Boontje was founded in 1996, which “draws from a belief that modernism does not mean minimalism, that contemporary does not forsake tradition, and that technology does not abandon people and senses.” Born in the Netherlands, Boontje derives his designs from the study of nature, using rich forms with multiple layers of thin material. He studied industrial design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and later earned his Masters from the Royal College of Art in London.

Posted November 5th, 2012 by Ali Morris

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