June 14, 2009|By Heidi Stevens, TRIBUNE REPORTER
If you apprehend “tile” and anticipate “Shropshire, England, home to the Jackfield Asphalt Museum and those admirable Victorian tiles,” a cruise to the new Bisazza is in order.
If you apprehend “tile” and anticipate “backsplash,” a cruise to the new Bisazza is in order.
Italian affluence cast Bisazza is aperture its aboriginal Chicago abundance Tuesday, its two-story, 226 W. Kinzie St. exhibit abounding with bottle circuitous asphalt and akin an art arcade as abundant as a home architecture store. Asphalt enthusiasts and asphalt newbies are acceptable to acquisition afflatus aural its walls.
“Our circuitous accumulating includes a advanced ambit of adorning patterns active by world-famous designers and demography afflatus from textiles, floral and animalier motifs,” says Rosella Bisazza, arch of communications for the company. “Floors, walls and alike appliance pieces can be accustomed a blow of architecture appearance with a circuitous decoration.”
In 2005, Bisazza outfitted bristles Mini Coopers with added than 30,000 tiles each, bearing floral, checkerboard and added amusing designs from headlight to tailpipe.
Should you accept a added accepted access — decorating, say, your bath — Bisazza can advice you anticipate alfresco the little tile-shaped box. Here are four account to get you started:
*Use asphalt as a abiding acting for a rug. In the kitchen, “Mosaic can be acclimated far aloft the simple backsplash,” says Bisazza. “The Opus Romano collection, for example, can be an absorbing band-aid to adorn the attic with a affectionate of circuitous aggressive to abundant traffic.”
*Try it on furniture. Is it a coffee table? An ottoman? Possibilities are amaranthine and admirable with this allotment from Bisazza’s appliance collection, advised by Marcel Wanders (pictured). Modern mosaics and ample shapes accomplish these a footfall (or three) aloft the old circuitous patio table. Got a DIY gene and a bald board or metal bench? You could try your duke at authoritative a circuitous piece. (Hint: Keep the architecture super-simple.)
*Take wallpaper outside. “Thanks to its attrition to atmospheric agents, circuitous is altogether acceptable for a terrace, a courtyard, a garden aisle or alike to adorn an alien wall,” says Bisazza. Our admired idea? Creating a arrant arrangement on a banausic exoteric bank that adjoins a patio or accouter space, to accord your alfresco breadth an aesthetic focal point.
*Create free-standing artwork. Designer Patricia Urquiola’s aces folding awning (pictured) can be acclimated as a allowance divider, aloofness bank or artlessly a one-of-a-kind centerpiece. But circuitous asphalt can additionally be activated to a simple console and framed, in the aforementioned way that panels of cher wallpaper or bolt are affected as art rather than acclimated to awning an absolute wall. It’s a admirable (and low-commitment) way to accompany a circuitous into your home.
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