Tag Archives: Mosaic

I can remember when Waterworks re-introduced 20’s and 30’s black and white marble basketweave patterns to accompany our Edwardian style pedestal sinks. They were a fresh reminder of a retro design and seemed to be the perfect solution for countless traditional small bath floors. They were an instant hit! The demand for them has increasingly escalated over the years.  I am now wondering if it is time to move away from the expected basketweave designs to experience variations on the woven theme. For inspiration, we have looked at the tradition of basketweaving and loom woven fabrics and rugs for pattern and texture.

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I recently stayed the the newly opened Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in Chicago (a Roman and Williams design). Upon walking in the door, I was completely mesmerized by the original mosaics on the floor. They were breathtaking; great colors, bold patterns, exquisite execution. And, they were in perfect condition. I realized that I have photographed great mosaics in various places over time and thought I would inspire you with a look back at some of my favorites.

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Admittedly, I am a complete snob about hotel rooms. I travel frequently and always look to experience the comfort and logic of good design from the moment I check in. The bed must be heavenly, the sheets crisp and perfectly pressed, and the floors preferably wood or stone (so nothing can hide in the carpets). Of course I pay extra attention to the bath, and appreciate a room in which smart design has been employed so that the tub and shower fittings are intuitive and visually sublime.

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