May 30, 2012
A touch of glass in Vincenza
By Nancy Staab
Bisazza’s Italian cultural center puts the spotlight on shimmering glass mosaics with today’s most avant-garde designers, Marcel Wanders, Jaime Hayon, etc. as ambassadors
Like Swarovski’s revival of crystals from tchotchkes to high fashion and design, the Italian company Bisazza has almost singlehandedly rescued mosaic glass tile from the confines of the prosaic powder room to more daring spaces. The glamorous glass company has long touted the transformative power of glass mosaics for art walls, furniture and accessories, teaming with some of the most whimsical and avant-garde designers of the day such as Jaime Hayon, Tord Boontje, Andrée Putman, Patricia Urquiola and Marcel Wanders. In June the company will add a stunning cultural showcase to their company headquarters in Vincenza, Italy, to demonstrate the drama and originality of their products. The shiny temple, by Vincenza architect Carlo Dal Bianco, announces itself with a stunning mural of red roses on the exterior and the inside of the all-white glass palace is equally jaw dropping--from Studio Job’s overscale mosaic teacups and candlesticks, to murals depicting the neo-classical sculpture of Canova.
The Bisazza Foundation for Design and Architecture will open to the public on June 8 with an inaugural exhibit by minimalist British architect and designer John Pawson, who will create original, site-specific works for the space. Future exhibits will not necessarily highlight mosaics, but will celebrate great artists and architects such as Alessandro Mendini and Marcel Wanders in keeping with Bisazza’s cutting-edge aesthetics.
For more info: www.fondazionebisazza.it
SEE SLIDESHOW OF MORE IMAGES FROM BISAZZA FOUNDATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.