New in 2011: Alliance
Alliance’s distinctive feature is the use of ceramic wood in a 180×135 cm mosaic which can be laid infinitely to tile walls of any size, transforming them into exclusive works of art in wood with a modular motif made up of a full 8,112 mosaic tiles with a side length of 1.5 cm.
Alliance (which in French means not just « alliance », but also wedding ring) represents the interface between apparently distant decorative themes and traditions – the ancient and noble technique of mosaic, traditionally associated with stone and glass, but here made up of ceramic wood tiles, three-dimensional rings in three different types of wood floating as though suspended in thin air on a two-colour herring-bone background inspired by an ancient Byzantine motif, a highly evocative pattern, given a modern look by fragmentation of the mosaic tiles as in the pixels of a digital screen.
From a technical point of view, Alliance is made up of twelve 45×45 tiles in which the pieces of the mosaic are deeply pre-scored with 2 mm wide blades. Made possible by latest generation printing technology, the use of pre-scored mosaic tiles, rather than pieces cut and re-assembled on a net backing, greatly simplifies laying. Once the tiles are placed side by side with a 2 mm joint and the entire surface has been grouted, Alliance is undistinguishable from a traditional mosaic.