Over the course of its five-thousand-year-long history, mosaic has developed as a decorative technique - as well as a finish - in a manner similar to the evolution of a spoken language, that is reinvented and evolved in all kinds of geographic and cultural contexts, interpreting expressive needs and changing along the way. This is probably owed to its capacity to cross time and history, but also to another specific quality: being a hybrid art with a strong pictorial matrix but with strong links with architecture and sculpture. Often described metaphorically in the form of a “mosaic” of languages, cultures, styles, the contemporary season seems today to represent, almost paradoxically, the ideal palimpsest for valorising the multifaceted expressive qualities of this millenary tool. These kind of considerations have been the inspiration for the Contemporary Collection, a range of mosaic compositions for walls and floor made entirely by hand that condenses and amplifies the patrimony built up by Friul Mosaic over thirty years of experience.
The underlying theme of the new Collection is the geometric motifs, whose recurring patterns follow on from one another, distributed evenly and harmoniously across the surface of the mosaic. The same composition, made in different colours with tiles in different sizes, can be flexibly adapted to suit any size and type of space, creating a well-calibrated setting in terms of its form, colour and dimensions. Even more however, it is the modular nature of the geometric shapes that make Contemporaneo mosaic a truly “open design”. Or even an Opera Aperta, to quote Umberto Eco who not by chance maintained the concepts of ‘Form’ and ‘Indetermination’ to be the cornerstones of contemporary poetics, starting with the most revolutionary: from serial music to experimental literature and kinetic art.
The design of the mosaic in the Collezione Contemporanea has no limits when it comes to size: it can be reproduced to scale and customised by altering the dimension and number of tiles based on the characteristics of the space. The result is continuous compositions with no figurative “fracture”, despite the multiplicity of the elements available, that can be further varied with different colour and material combinations: from natural stone to marble, gold in different essences and finishes. Another relevant part of the process is the type of stucco used, here transformed into an aesthetic element and not merely a technical step of the wall composition. The design uses the stucco to obtain vibrant variations of colour, in particular in the recurring geometric patterns. What is more, with the Collezione Contemporanea, Friul Mosaic combines aesthetic quality with ethical values, in particular placing great attention on eco-sustainable policies concerning the salvage and reuse of materials, reducing manufacturing waste as much as possible.