Designing With Tile: Custom Mosaics
Designing With Tile: Custom Mosaics


I’m Denes Petoe, CEO of the Complete Tile Collection and I’m here to talk to you about custom mosaics. So why are so many famous
interior designers and architects implementing custom mosaics in their projects? Well, one of the important parts of this is
the ability to play with scale, pattern, texture, color, and really imprint your unique style and concept into that project utilizing
something that just isn’t available off the shelf. That can really tie the entire project together
and create something that looks very designed, very special, and very unique. Complete Tile is famous for producing
and designing custom mosaics so we have collections that are specific to this purpose. We’ll also create from drawings or any type
of inspiration that can be provided for us. We’ll take any of the stock materials that we have
and customize those as well. Custom mosaics are very versatile so they can be used in hotels, master baths, kitchens, backsplashes and walls, feature areas, and foyers. Speaking about foyer, we have been working
on a really special project. This one happens to be in the
St. John’s Wood section of London. This is an old Victorian townhouse that’s in the
process of being modernized in a really wonderful way. Our Jordan Pattern which has been designed
by our own Graham Barr was selected to be used in this project and what we’ve done is we’ve fine tuned
this material as far as veining and coloration. So what I want to do is I want
to take you into the mosaic studio so that we can review and I can show you exactly how we achieve this customization and
we create these great patterns. Come on! So what I have here is
Nero Marquina Marble and Calacatta Marble. One of the qualities of Nero Marquina is
the white veining and very black field. The black in Nero Marquina is a
really wonderful, deep black and it’s really not available from any other material. And the Calacatta has a wonderful characteristic of taupe and grey veins, however the white portion of the Calacatta is a really,
really special and pleasing white. In this particular instance what we wanted to do
is we wanted to take the blackest black from the Nero Marquina and
the whitest white from the Calacatta and incorporate those into the Jordan Pattern. The mosaic artist will carefully select the material, cut the individual pieces, they will be blended together, positioned, and then a piece of clear tape will go across the surface of the material in order to hold the individual pieces together. The contractor in London has sent us
a wonderfully accurate template. The mosaic artists have taken that template
and used that as their guide to create all the mosaic sheets
and lay them out properly, make sure they fit precisely, number them, make sure the direction is indicated on each one so that then they can be taken apart and
reassembled in London on the job site. So now what we will see here is our mosaic rug
is geometrically perfect around the room. The black area you see here will be tile. Now the installer will receive the tile
which then he can trim and cut perfectly to all those little moldings
and threshholds and doorways and all the things that exist in the space. If we tried to do this with mosaic it would
come out looking very difficult and messy and we don’t want that. We want the mosaic to
create a wonderful shape within the room and then have everything else
disguised by the cuts of the tile. So now the Jordan Pattern
has been carefully packed up, crated and is on its way to London
for installation in the townhouse. So if you would like to get involved in this wonderful,
exciting process of creating custom mosaics be sure to contact your Complete Tile representative. Also be sure to visit completetile.com
and view the mosaic masterworks section. In that section you’ll find wonderful detailed pictures
of all these fantastic custom patterns that we can tailor to your next project. Thank you for joining us and stay tuned for a lot more great videos
coming from Complete Tile Collection. I’m Denes Petoe, see you soon. you

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