For some people the first associations with the word mosaics are connected to the architecture of Gaudi. Park de Guell in Barcelona is one of the most beautiful, organic and picturesque man-made structures ever made. Obviously, Antonio Gaudi was a gifted craftsman – always using the full potential of any material he got his hands on. The plasticity and shapes present in the park are achieved only by changing the sizes of the stones, not talking about the resulting picture itself.
Not too far from Spain there exists another historical monument. If you have not been in Porto, than you should definitely include it in your bucket list. You will live, work and eat surrounded with art. Mosaics or the traditional Portuguese tiles (Azulejos) are used on almost every facade you are passing. It is typical in whole Portugal but the downtown is a real diamond. If that’s not unique then maybe is the technique they use to pave the streets. Portuguese pavement (calçada portuguesa) is a traditional way to tile the streets of flat stones in a pattern that by itself is a mosaic. It is present also in Brasil and other colonies of Portugal.
If the previously mentioned places leave you clueless then the simplest way you can encounter with this type of decorative art is in your home – kitchen, bathroom or maybe an outdoor swimming pool. Yes, you might not have realized that, but the tiled pattern designed on your wall is a mosaic – a commonly used textured decorative art. In the market there is a wide choice of materials especially for the interior spaces. The traditional stone, ceramic and marble pieces nowadays are being replaced by new materials. For example, smalti glass is specially produced handmade opaque glass for mosaic artists. This is the material of the great Bizantine mosaics, such as those at St Marksin Venice. Produced as plates and then usually cut down into smaller blocks these glass tesserae come in amazing range of colors and give a mosaic a unique texture and light reflecting quality. The latest trend is wood-like tiles.
People try not to overcrowd their bedroom with extra ornaments or additional furnishings, but a mosaic wall can improve the troubling design conundrum by giving you a taste of style along with a space-saving technique. You can put the craziness aside and create a homogenous chessboard pattern or awaken your inner artist and get inspired by Gaudi – mix some colors and create a living jungle inside of your own home.