Mosaic applications: when tradition and innovation blend

By 1 July 2018Magazine, Mosaics

Which applications can luxury mosaics have? The mosaic technique is multifaceted and extremely versatile, and has proved to be able to constantly modernise itself and keep up with technological innovation. Almost any surface can be decorated with the mosaic technique.

Discover the exclusive mosaic applications by Fantini Mosaici | Marmi:

Applications mosaic surface curve domes: Presidential Palace Abu Dhabi

The Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi

Mosaic applications domes

The Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi

Private home in paris mosaics

A private residence in Paris

Mosaic application: Villa House Casuarina Versace Miami

Mosaics – Casa Casuarina

The Tuscan company Fantini Mosaici | Marmi, established by Domenico Fantini over a century ago, boasts superb creations that range from the floor of the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan to the mosaics of the Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, one of the wonders of the contemporary Arab-Islamic world.

Specialised in interiors and exteriors for boutique hotels, villas, private residences, public buildings and haute couture boutiques, Fantini Mosaici | Marmi is leaving a mark all over the world, at every latitude, with its art and unmistakable pursuit of excellence.

A particularly productive cooperation was the one with the Versace family for manufacturing decorations for its dreamlike residences, including Villa Versace in Como, Italy and Villa Casuarina in Miami Beach, as well as their properties and boutiques that, since the early ‘90s, Fantini Mosaici | Marmi has embellished with the brand’s typical mosaic decorations.

Over 70,000 square metres of mosaics, terrazzo floors and cobblestone floors for the exteriors were laid at the charming Palazzo Versace Hotel in Dubai. Among the most amazing pieces we must mention the mosaic carpet made with the so-called trompe l’oeil technique, installed in the main hall of Palazzo Versace Hotel, the most luxurious 5-star hotel in Dubai, a symbol of splendour and wealth by Fantini Mosaici | Marmi.

Important projects like these have given great exposure to the Tuscan company at international level, thus generating commissions from renowned institutions and other haute couture giants, from Chanel, to Louis Vuitton, to Hermès, to Gucci, to Fondazione Prada.

For an art such as mosaic, that is to say deeply rooted in its historical tradition, it might not be easy to modernise itself, move with the times and keep up with technological innovation. However, the Tuscan company Fantini Mosaici | Marmi, a cornerstone of the “Made in Italy” industry that has made our country world-famous, has succeeded over time in combining handicraft tradition and its know-how with the use of sophisticated CAD systems for project implementation, lasers and state-of-the-art water-jet machinery for marble cutting, in order to be more and more competitive.

So, to sum up, mosaic art has become creative. Let’s go into detail about some of the creative mosaic applications.

Creative applications

Mosaic is a decorative technique that consists in creating geometric motifs and figurative compositions by placing small fragments called tesserae side by side, after being cut and prepared.

With the succession of different trends, fashions and styles, Fantini Mosaici | Marmi has succeeded in moving with the times by introducing techniques that harmoniously combine originality, technological innovation, creativity and tradition. Let’s have a look at these techniques.

Mosaic applications: mosaic on curved and irregular surfaces

The mosaic technique can be applied nowadays to curved and irregular surfaces, such as arches, domes and furnishings, not only to walls and indoor and outdoor floors.

The 76 domes of the new Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, were decorated by Fantini Mosaici | Marmi with gold and glass mosaics and fascinating Arabic-style modern mosaic decorations. Overall, the domes were covered with 18,000 square metres of glass and gold mosaic.

Bespoke mosaics

As already mentioned, with the help of technology it is now possible to cut any picture into decorative tesserae and create evocative works of art with a pixelated effect.

Prior to installation, the tesserae are placed on specific structures that contain bigger portions of the picture. Fantini Mosaici | Marmi offers a mosaic customisation service, which, tessera after tessera, allows to replicate any motif, pattern or image resulting in astonishing effects to say to least.

An iconic piece of Palazzo Versace Hotel in Dubai is the charming mosaic carpet, inspired by the motifs on the Maison’s scarves and made with, brace yourselves, 1.5 million tesserae rigorously hand-cut installed on a 300-square-metre surface. The same pattern can also be found at the lavish and spectacular Villa Casa Casuarina, the residence of Italian stylist and designer Gianni Versace in Miami Beach, U.S., the sad setting of his murder back in 1997. A recurring motif in the decorations at Villa Casuarina is Medusa’s head, Maison Versace’s symbol, that can be seen for instance in the outdoor pool’s elaborate mosaics.

Moreover, Maison Fantini Mosaici | Marmi has manufactured fascinating glass and gold mosaic decorations inspired by the calligraphy from the Quran for the dome of the new mosque built in honour of Sheikh Khalifa Bin al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.

The fragmented effect: the random and irregular side of art

The mosaic, that was initially regular and geometric, has gone beyond the bounds of its historical tradition by making, at times, glamorous chaos its strength.

With its modern appeal, the fragmented effect, of which Modernism’s leading figure  Antoni Gaudì is perhaps the most famous forerunner, is highly successful because it succeeds in breaking the pattern while having a very elegant result.

With the help of technology, Fantini Mosaici | Marmi can create random colour schemes that have dynamic, spectacular and striking effects.

Mixing & Matching

The mixing & matching technique is perfect for lending motion and dynamism to walls while avoiding an overwhelming result and it consists in combining decorative tesserae of different colours, shapes and sizes. Fantini Mosaici | Marmi offers various modules to be combined creatively for unique and inimitable results.

Irregular-shaped tesserae

Nowadays, mosaics are made with tesserae that are not necessarily cube-shaped. The strongest trends in this field are:

– ethnic-inspired tesserae, which borrow shapes, motifs and colours from the Indian and African mosaic traditions;

– nature-inspired tesserae, which take shapes and colours from nature.

For ideas or further information, we encourage you to view the creations and projects by prestigious company Fantini Mosaici | Marmi, a symbol of “Made in Italy” excellence.

Do you wish to create a gorgeous mosaic? Contact us for any further information.