The Bisazza Foundation

Jaime Hayon, Jet Set, 2008.
Photo Ottavio Tomasini

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The Bisazza Foundation

new home for Italian company's growing collection of collaborations and commissions...

Founded in Alte Vicenza, Northern Italy, in 1956, Bisazza are big-hitters. Real big-hitters. Bringing in mega-designers like Jaime Hayon, Patricia Urquiola and Fabio Novembre, for collaborations and commissions, the luxury mosaic brand also keep themselves firmly placed at the forefront of modern design – and all on a particularly grand scale too, Hayon’s Jet Set – a life-size mosaic clad jet (complete with brass propellers, marble stairs and leather wings) – just one of the many commissions that are worthy of the title ‘epic’.

But, what to do with an ever-expanding warehouse of colossal cast-offs from past design fairs? Open up your own 6,000 sq ft gallery, of course. Located at their headquarters – in Montecchio Maggiore, near Vicenza – the Bisazza Foundation for Design and Architecture is a sparkling celebration of all things big, shiny, and clad in mosaic… a homage to luxury, big-name designers and scale. Sure, it’s at times uncomfortably opulent, but there’s humour, innovation and style by the bucketload here, and Hayon’s whimsically original pieces are worth the visit alone.

To mark its grand opening, Bisazza Foundation’s first temporary exhibition (running from 8th June to 29th July) is ‘John Pawson – Plain Space’ a retrospective of the celebrated architect, in conjunction with the Design Museum, London.

The Bisazza Foundation

Fondazione Bisazza – Entrance,
photo Alberto Ferrero

The Bisazza Foundation

Jaime Hayon, Pixel Ballet, 2007.
Photo Alberto Ferrero

The Bisazza Foundation

Fabio Novembre, Godot, 2003.
Photo Lorenzo Ceretta.

The Bisazza Foundation

Alessandro Mendini, Poltrona di Proust Monumentale, 2005.
Photo Alberto Ferrero

The Bisazza Foundation

Marcel Wanders, Bisazza Motel, 2004.
Photo Alberto Ferrero

The Bisazza Foundation

Patricia Urquiola, By Side, 2006.
Photo Alberto Ferrero

The Bisazza Foundation

Fabio Novembre, Love Over All, 2003.
Photo Ottavio Tomasini

The Bisazza Foundation

Alessandro Mendini, Mobili per Uomo, 1997-2008.
Photo Ottavio Tomasini

The Bisazza Foundation

Fondazione Bisazza – Entrance,
photo Alberto Ferrero

The Bisazza Foundation

Fondazione Bisazza – Patio,
photo Ottavio Tomasini

The Bisazza Foundation

Studio Job, Silver Ware, 2007.
Photo Alberto Ferrero

The Bisazza Foundation

Fabio Novembre, Godot, 2003.
Photo Lorenzo Ceretta.

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