MO­SAIC MELODY

With a stamp of lux­ury, shim­mer­ing glass tiles give bath­rooms a dis­tinc­tive edge over oth­ers, says

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The bath­room has evolved and moved be­yond the realms of its ba­sic and pri­mary pur­pose— a space used only for con­duct­ing morn­ing ablu­tions. From purely func­tional to highly aes­thetic, the trans­for­ma­tion in this most cen­tral part within the house has brought along with it some in­ter­est­ing dé­cor trends; mo­saic is one of them. It is the art of cre­at­ing in­ter­est­ing im­ages, pat­terns or pic­tures through an assem­bly of small pieces of stone or glass of dif­fer­ent colours to cre­ate a dis­tinct whole known as a tesserae.

Mo­saic has al­ways been some­thing more than a sim­ple tiling tool and has great po­ten­tial. An ex­tremely up- to- date and ver­sa­tile prod­uct, it ex­presses trends, life­style and fash­ion. It is an in­ter­preter, helped by the in­fi­nite chro­matic and dec­o­ra­tive com­bi­na­tions, which can cre­ate some­thing com­pa­ra­ble to a fab­ric, cov­er­ing sur­faces, from floors to swim­ming pools, from re­lax­ing ar­eas to bath­tubs, to wall pan­els and shower cab­i­nets.

As peo­ple are nowa­days keen to have a stamp of in­di­vid­u­al­ity in their in­te­ri­ors, I feel that in­tro­duc­ing this an­cient styling tech­nique inside our bathing zones brings in a touch of self- ex­pres­sion. The vi­bra­tions that the thou­sand facets of the mo­saic can add in terms of light, ma­te­rial im­pact and three- di­men­sion­al­ity takes on the role of a so­phis­ti­cated ‘ dress’. Like colourful, vi­brant brush strokes, the tesserae be­come a seal, a state­ment. The chip be­comes a mes­meris­ing brush stroke, re­flect­ing var­ied im­pres­sions, rang­ing from flo­ral

pat­terns, to ab­stract mo­tifs and eth­nic prints.

Easy to per­son­alise, the ma­te­rial is ca­pa­ble of cre­at­ing and em­bel­lish­ing en­vi­ron­ments in a dy­namic man­ner. While a mod­ern, con­tem­po­rary metal­lic look is pos­si­ble, a ro­man­tic, dream- like vi­sion can also be a suit­able choice. Not to men­tion the in­fi­nite shades and pos­si­bil­i­ties of com­bin­ing colours and pat­terns. The colours of the tesserae when put on the floor, as a wall panel or even for a bath­tub, han­dles wear and tear rather well and is long last­ing. What one needs to fo­cus on though, is the method of in­stal­la­tion. While it is sim­ple and less time con­sum­ing, it is a pre­cise task and must be done by a ma­son who knows his tiles.

Mo­saic is com­pa­ra­ble in flex­i­bil­ity and soft­ness to a pre­cious fab­ric made of light that skims the forms of the ar­chi­tec­ture. As the bath­room’s role changes and its im­por­tance in­creases, the stan­dard con­cepts of es­sen­tial fix­tures have also un­der­gone a sea of change. Some nou­veau bath­tubs are cov­ered in ex­quis­ite coloured tiles, giv­ing it a look and feel of an ob­ject of art, that is equally at ease in a

bo­hemian liv­ing room, bed­room or gar­den,

While speak­ing of such ob­jects of beauty, the shoe- shaped Au­drey soak pit de­serves a spe­cial men­tion here. An el­e­gant bright red and white pump shoe with a sky­scraper heel— 165 cm— it is per­fect to re­ceive a body in a com­fort­able em­brace, as wa­ter trick­ling from above mas­sages the shoul­ders of the oc­cu­pant. An eye candy, like an over- sized ver­sion of the clas­sic Bar­bie shoe, this ec­cen­tric piece can adorn al­most any room in a home. The writer is pres­i­dent and founder of Si­cis- The Art Mo­saic Fac­tory, the lead­ing lux­ury mo­saic tile maker based out of Ravenna, Italy.

Pho­to­graphs cour­tesy: SI­CIS- THE ART MO­SAIC FAC­TORY

Brightly coloured tesserae give the bath­tub and wall panel a glam­orous ap­peal

When put on walls, mo­saic tiles lend the room a touch of class ( above); flower- themed tiles ( left)

Mo­saic can be used on floors as cre­atively as on walls ( above); the Au­drey bath tub ( right)

Cre­ate a fo­cal point in the bath­room with glass tiles

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