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10 GORGEOUS EXAMPLES OF MOSAICS AROUND THE WORLD

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Aristotle is credited with the idea that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’, it certainly holds true when we look at mosaics. Mosaics refer to the art of creating images or patterns by assembling small pieces of glass or stone. Here we look at the world’s most beautiful mosaic creations, we hope they inspire your future creations and use of mosaics in your space.

Guell Park, Barcelona

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This magical park in the city of Barcelona is a masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi. We highly recommend you visit this unforgettable natural paradise, there are lots of mosaic-covered structures throughout.

Pic source: Joo Chiat

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican State, Italy

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A mammoth of a structure, everything about St. Peter’s Basilica will blow you away. Remember when you’re looking up that each one of the paintings you see is actually a mosaic. Take a tour of the great dome to get a closer look at the painstakingly detailed work of art.

Pic source: Lux Life

Great Mosque, Corduba, Spain

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A great example of Moorish architecture, the great mosque/cathedral of Cordoba features a variety of coloured mosaics.

Source: Persian Visual Arts

Tomb of Hafez, Shiraz, Iran

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If you ever get the chance to visit this structure, remember to look up. The underside of the dome here contains an enamelled tile mosaic.

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri

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One of the world’s largest mosaics is housed in this cathedral. Made up of over 41 million individual pieces, it took over 76 years to complete!

Source: Stephen Travels

Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Designed by Burle Marx, this gorgeous sidewalk is right on the beachfront of Copacabana Beach.

Source: Viajante

Mosaic staircase San Francisco, USA

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This beauty was created with the help of over 300 volunteers. Lead by Irish mosaic artist Colette Crutcher, you can see this gorgeous mosaic staircase in San Francisco.

Source: Yelp

New York City Subway

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You don’t always need to travel across the ocean or go to a museum to see mosaic art, if you are ever in the Big Apple, just head underground to see intricate works of mosaic art.

Source: Artaic

The Great Pavement, Westminster Abbey, London, England

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If you have a particular affinity for interiors, you may have noticed that during the last royal wedding - held in the Westminster Abbey - that the newlyweds walked on a great mosaic floor. The floor is referred to as the Great Pavement, it’s the area right by the High Altar, commissioned by Henry III.

Source: Weiner Elementary

Pavilion Hall, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

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Not native to Russia, the floor mosaic in this hall is actually a replica of a mosaic unearthed at the ancient Roman bath in Ocriculum, Italy.

Find more mosaics from around the world on our Pinterest board.

A SPOTLIGHT ON MOSAIC TILE

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A brief history of mosaic tile

For thousands of years, mosaics have been used as forms of expression and visual storytelling, dating back to antiquity. They were used in a variety of settings, as decorative features of Middle eastern and Mediterranean villas, temples, shops, bath houses, churches and mosques.
 
The production of mosaics appear independently in a number of cultures around the globe. The earliest known mosaics are Chinese, they appear in the form of carefully arranged pebble-paved mosaics. Around 800 B.C, the Greeks began producing pebble mosaics, their designs were originally geometric, usually following rug patterns.
 
The Romans ventured into mosaics by first mimicking existing mosaic designs, but once they mastered that, they started innovating. Telling stories through intricate geometric patterns, depicting wars, stories of the gods, and scenes from everyday life.

Adding mosaics to your space

Want to integrate the timeless beauty of mosaic into your space? We have a variety of gorgeous mosaic tiles to choose from. See some of our favourites below:

Natural Stone Texture Mosaic: Hexagon Marble series

Mosaics now come in all shapes and sizes!  Our stunning hexagon marble mosaics are available in a variety of textures, making for a truly unique pattern in any installation.

  

Natural Stone Blend Mosaic: Mother of Pearl Boutique series

Our lovely Mother of pearl, this blend mosaic has best of both worlds, modern glass and classic marble.

Glass Mosaic: Murano series

Beautiful glossy mosaic tiles from our Murano series are mesh-mounted, with a mixed pattern of pearlescent and metallic mosaics. Great for residential or commercial wall applications. Available in 4 great colours.

 

  

Porcelain Mosaic: Queen series

A brand new series, featuring an unusual 3D diamond mosaic pattern, available in 2 great contemporary colours: Snow White and Tender Grey. Great for residential and commercial wall applications.
 

 

Looking for more mosaic inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board dedicated to the beauty of mosaic tile.
 

CREATING A MINIMALIST LOOK IN EVERY ROOM OF THE HOME

Thursday, March 17, 2016

There is no denying that minimalism is having a moment right now. The minimalist aesthetic, which celebrates sparsity and neutrality, is influencing everything from fashion to interior design. We’re big fans of the elegance that a simple interior embodies, and we’re not alone. Research shows that an uncluttered, bright, and open space even has positive effects on your well-being.

We asked our expert Jennifer Mota, Consultant to Architects and Designers, about her thoughts on the minimalist trend, how its evolving, how customers are using it, and which tiles are great picks to achieve the trendy look.

How does the trend of minimalist translate into tile products?

As minimalist designs tend to have an emphasis on open space, the floor and wall applications have a significant impact on the overall design. So, as these specific designs are becoming more common, tiles have seem to veer in that direction as well. We see many more products available in larger formats, subtle patterns and solid colours that contribute to the very exposed and organized look that minimalist designs evoke.

Do you see it on the rise or decline in spaces/among customer requests?

I believe the concept of minimalism is very popular at the moment and based on current projects it seems that it will continue this way for some time. As we all know, design trends come and go but I believe the functionality of a minimalist design really enforces its continued presence in the the industry.

Is minimalism synonymous with white?

Definitely not. Although a predominantly white or even white and black concept can be common for a minimalist design, it is not a limitation to achieve that type of a look. There is no reason you couldn't create a minimalist design while including colour in the space.

Is there a recent project that exemplifies this trend featuring Olympia Tile products? Can you share it with us?

Not to contradict my previous answer, but I recently worked on the head office of a large technology corporation that is moving forward with a completely white, minimalist design. Some of the product they are using are our Unicolour series, Micro Crystal slabs and our metallic Prism series as accents.

Can you share any guidelines or tips on achieving a minimalist look?

I would recommend, although not restricting colour, keep the quantity of colours incorporated minimal. You could even use one color and just incorporate different hues. Keep in mind the size of tile being used, as the quantity of grout joints will have an effect on the overall appearance. Restrict yourself as to what you put in the space. An important attribute to a minimalist design is the open, uncluttered space. Try to think of incorporating only the necessities; less is more.

Below you can find our top choices to create that minimalist feel in every room of your home.

Kitchen

Palma Series - Our Palma series offers a glazed porcelain tile in 7 different colours. 

Signum Series - Our Signum Series is a coloured-base porcelain tile, it adds the look of wood grain to your space and is available in 4 colours.

Avenue Series - Available in 4 colours, our Avenue Series replicates the look of Travertine, available in matte and semi polished finishes. 

Bathroom

Limestone Series - Available in 4 different finishes, our Limestone Series is a natural stone tile that's great for floor or wall applications.  

Stone-SO Series - available 6 colours ranging from light to dark, our Stone-SO series is a glazed porcelain tile that replicated the look of various natural stones. 

Uniwall & Weave Series - A plain style field tile that has a 'woven' raised profile, which gives a unique 3D effect. 

Living Room

Tracks Series - a highly variegated replica of limestone, this coloured-base porcelain tile is available in 4 colours. Seen here in Beige. 

Eco-Stone Series - a mixed stone look with a neutral and contemporary colour palette. Available in 4 colours and an interlocking 3D pattern.

Rosedale Series - Great for floor and wall applications, this coloured-base porcelain tile is available in 7 neutral colours. 

Dining Room

Cornerstone Series - Available in 3 sizes and 3 beautiful colours, this unglazed porcelain tile is going to be a great fit for any space.

Materia Project series - available in three colours and two finishes: bark - wood pattern with a plank style, crusted - lightly textured finish. 

Bedroom

Kerlite Plus Series - This collection of VERY THIN tiles is composed of four styles: ABSOLUTE is a plain coloured style. ELEGANCE is a replica of limestone. EXEDRA is a classic natural stone replica. OAKS is a linear-styled replica of wood. The thickness of these tiles is 0.35 cm.

Flexible Architecture Series - a lovely body wall tile line that is composed of different structures and thicknesses for combining patterns and designs. Designed by Philippe Starck

Waterfall Series - a beautiful porcelain tile, designed with irregular striae in a rippling effect that simulates rivulets of water.

Bonus: Commercial Space

Lab 21 Commercial Series - an unglazed porcelain tile, available in 4 colours. 

We hope you enjoyed our post on obtaining the minimalist aesthetic. You can explore more of our products here.