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The Invader: Mosaic Graffiti

The Invader: Mosaic Graffiti

Mosaic art is often thought of as luxurious and grand, but the Invader proves it can also be fun. Mosaic art takes many forms, so why not graffiti?

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Liberty for All: Prison Hotels

Liberty for All: Prison Hotels

In spirit of Curbed Boston #hotels Week 2013, we are exploring unique hotels designs and the design minds behind them. Boston has a long history of grand hotels, but only one luxury hotel that was once a jail. Renowned interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud transformed the historic Charles Street Jail into a four-star luxury hotel. The Liberty Hotel kept some jail motifs such as catwalks, iron bars, and a restaurant named The Clink, but beyond these tongue-in-cheek references the hotel is luxury through and through.  When it opened in 2008, Alexandra Champalimaud was honored with two Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design for Best Hotel Design...

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Top 10 Architectural Firms of 2012

Top 10 Architectural Firms of 2012

This week, the BBJ Research Department lists the top 25 architectural firms, ranked by 2012 Massachusetts architectural billings. To follow up our 2011 list, we are releasing the top 10 firms for your viewing pleasure. This list includes firms that are based in either Boston or Cambridge and excel in design excellence and technological innovation.

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Six Time Mosaic Champion – Saimir Strati

Six Time Mosaic Champion – Saimir Strati

Each year from 2006-2011, Albanian artist Saimir Strati broke the Guiness World Record for the largest mosaic using nails, toothpicks, corks, paintbrushes, screws, and coffee beans.  His first record-breaking piece was a reproduction of a self portrait by Leonardo da Vinci created using more than half a million nails.  His other record shattering pieces include a horse made from toothpicks and a banknote made up of screws. The only thing more striking than the scale and materials Strati uses is his process. Strati creates the mosaics by hand where onlookers can watch him complete the mural one piece at a time.  Many people gather to watch the painstaking process....

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Outstanding Patterns from the HD EXPO 2013

Outstanding Patterns from the HD EXPO 2013

This month I joined the ranks of designers and buyers that descend on Las Vegas each year for the premier tradeshow for the hospitality industry, HD Expo. The show is always a whirlwind, with over 7,000 people gathering to view the newest designs available for dressing up walls and floors in commercial spaces. Walking the floor, I saw more patterns than I can count, but there were a few that stood out. Here are some of my favorite patterns from the show...

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Unconventional Mosaic Art: Atom Animation

Unconventional Mosaic Art: Atom Animation

Nanophysicists at IBM set a record that will be hard to beat when they used atoms to make the world's smallest stop-motion film. Using a scanning tunneling microscope, the researchers used tiny magnets to move atoms one by one along a copper surface.

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Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2013 Winners

Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2013 Winners

For twenty years the Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission have searched for innovative spaces designed with ceramic italian tiles through the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition.  The winners range from homes to hotels to medical centers and encompass a variety of styles.  Although at first they seem quite different, all the designs are united by their beauty, creativity, and sustainability. 1)  2013 / Residential Winner MRSA Architects & Planners Schaefer/Graf Residence Contractor: Kraftex Floor Corporation 2) 2013 / Residential Honorable Mention DEN Architecture Bilezikjian...

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Mosaics By Robot, Everyone

Mosaics By Robot, Everyone

Yesterday’s Wired profile tells the futuristic story of Artaic, a company hoping for “world mosaic domination,” by way of a robot that builds cheaper, faster mosaics than even factories in China and India. For anyone following the creep of robots into the so-called creative industries -- music, architecture and now, apparently, mosaic work -- the obvious question to follow is what a world cloaked in robot murals will look like. Puzzlingly, the story doesn’t go there.

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Our robots don’t make art. Our artists do!

Our robots don’t make art. Our artists do!

Artaic responds to some recently received press on Wired.com and HuffingtonPost.com which was met with some backlash, primarily from the mosaic arts community. We wanted to continue the conversation about contemporary mosaic art and how it's created.

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Top Tile Trends for 2013

Top Tile Trends for 2013

With Coverings, the largest tile and stone trade show wrapping up this week, its time to talk tile. Here’s our top 5 list of tile trends to look for in 2013: 1. Large Format Tile Last year it was large tile: think subway bricks, 8″x8″ squares and even as large as 16″x32″ rectangles. This year we’re super sizing the subway tile and heading towards  36”x72”. They’re clean and contemporary, look great on floors and backsplash areas. Plus they’re much easier to clean than the standard tile. 2. Large scale patterns on tile Large scale patterns on tile are sharp and stylish, as seen below in this Refin Ceramiche...

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