Tag Archives: mosaics

We are so pleased to re-introduce our Waterworks Studio Collection. Today, I am eager to share our newly streamlined surfaces families. Like everything within Studio, the surfaces represent a curated and edited assortment of ceramic tile, porcelain, terrazzo and stone, both mosaics and dimensional material.

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I will be in London this week. The photos in this post were taken that last time I visited the V & A Museum.  Incredible art and objects combined with the architecture and the enthusiastic use of materials is always engaging, especially in this museum.

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Last week I attended the awards celebration of New England Chapter Institute of Classical Architecture and Art held at the State House in Boston, a fabulous Charles Bulfinch building built in 1798 with later additions. It is sited close to the summit of the south side of Beacon Hill overlooking Boston Common and the Back Bay. Bulfinch was not only the architect of the building for the seat of government, but also a public-minded citizen and selectman. At its completion, it was proclaimed one of the more magnificent buildings in the country.

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I simply love mosaics–from the earliest ones I’ve seen at Ephesus, Herculaneum, St. Mark’s and other Venetian churches, to the charming creations in the foyer of early 20th century Paris apartment buildings as well as modern interpretations of any of these designs. I always look for elegant cuts, artful arrangements and placement of the tesserae, the tonal value of the palette and the skill of the artisans. The beauty of mosaics is in the detail. Whether simple black and white or multi colored, mosaics use thousands upon thousands of small and precious tiles to tell their stories, assessing the effect of light and shade or exploiting complementary colors.

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