Bisazza may be known for their glass mosaics and ceramic tiles, but lately they've branched out into a new material: Cement.
Their new Mahdavi Collection, created by Paris-based designer/architect India Mahdavi, gives a surprising new look to the humble material.
Mahdavi's bold patterns are retro in more ways than one: The tiles are reportedly made by hand (!) with subtle variances from one tile to the next. "Dimensional and chromatic variation is intrinsic of this production process," Bisazza states, "which involves a number of manual steps and is a distinctive feature of the product."
If you're wondering how to maintain them, the answer is: Wax. They come from the factory with two coats on 'em already, and the installer is meant to add a third. Following that, "the surface should be waxed regularly."
And cement though they may be, these were designed for interior use only; the bright colors, it seems, will fade in the face of direct sunlight.
They come in both square and hexagonal, the latter choice being offered for those of you that want your installer to suffer a bit.
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Cool tile design! I was very intrigued that these tiles were made from cement because normally tile is ceramic and very fragile. Why did you use cement instead? I could see why it could be an advantage to use something stronger, but the tile is pretty strong once you lay it down on the floor with the rest of them. http://www.tilewarehouse.com.au
So the tiles are imperfect, need waxing upon installation and regularly afterwards, and don't work well in outdoor applications. The colors and designs are beautiful, but the article's not clear on the functional benefit of the material or manufacturing process behind these tiles.