Rethinking Mosaics

New Mosaico+ projects designed by Massimo Nadalini, Studio Irvine and Kensaku Oshiro

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30/09/2019 - Original shapes, unusual sizes and the research in innovative materials have been the starting point for the new Mosaico+ 2019/2020 proposals. The aim is to transform the concept of mosaics itself, from that of a mere decorative feature to that of a working tool in the hands of architects and interior designers, to develop a new language, made of refined textures and custom surfaces.
Crucial new features include the potential for using mosaics on the floor as well as on other surfaces, because the new materials offered are very resistant and withstand foot traffic. In-depth study and experimentation focusing on the meaning of the word 'mosaic' in its broadest, most contemporary sense. Mosaics are transformed into patterns, something we conventionally view as 'small', which is processed, subdivided, modified and finally multiplied until it is completely integrated with what were once the joints between pieces, in a seamless surface. Mosaics thus maintains their original identity as a continuous surface but also expand their role, acquiring different shapes, sizes and materials to meet the needs of architects and interior designers.
During the last edition of Cersaie Mosaico+ has presented four new collections developed by Mosaico+ Art Director Massimo Nadalini, coordinating the work of designers Marialaura Rossiello for Studio Irvine and Kensaku Oshiro. Sticks. Design Massimo Nadalini
STICKS is made from slabs of compacted material cut into the various collection sizes, with different surface finishes. “I have worked by subtraction, seeking simple changes which would modify the perception of the entire surface”, says Massimo Nadalini. STICKS is a collection of full-body porcelain stoneware modules, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, as floor and wall coverings. P-Saico. Design Studio Irvine
P-SAICO is a project developed by Studio Irvine based on the material and modularity concept of Sticks. P-SAICO consists of 1x3 cm elements mounted in irregular patterns to create modular sizes. “P-saico is a fresh mosaic concept in which only the rectangular shape is uniform, while the overall look of the installation is irregular”, explains Marialaura Rossiello. Quilt. Design Studio Irvine
QUILT is available in 9x9 cm square format made of full-body porcelain stoneware. Any segment can be severed after grouting. The 9x9 cm squares can be installed in a regular pattern to create a sequence of geometrical figures, or unevenly in a contemporary form of Venetian Seminato.
“Patchwork belongs to an ancient craftsmanship tradition, in which the combined pieces always create a unique geometrical pattern. Leafing through an old English book on patchwork I first learned about the art of quilting, in which patchwork pieces are combined by stitching which is decorative in its own right', says Marialaura Rossiello. Mist. Design Kensaku Oshiro
MIST sets out to explore a new way of perceiving mosaics. The laws of visual perception, and the pattern’s visual order, are manipulated and transposed in a kind of trompe l’oeil, giving the surface a more seamless continuity. Thanks to the different joint sizes, two orders of elements - one horizontal and the other vertical - are visually overlapping on two levels; which one the eye perceives will depend on the observer's viewing angle. “Just as suspended fog gradually reveals new forms, MIST unveils new ways of reading a surface within its spatial dimension, enriched by an innovative sense of depth”, says Kensaku Oshiro.


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