A MOSAIC ISN’T ONLY AN ENSEMBLE OF TESSERAE
BUT A MIXTURE OF FANTASY, PASSION, TASTE, EXPERTISE AND MATERIALS
Inside our workshop, the creation of the mosaics is like a totally handmade and haute couture suit.
Our highly qualified staff is what distinguishes Friul Mosaic: our craftspersons have all been trained at the Mosaic Craftsman School in Spilimbergo – Italy.
Following the design project, the mosaic is shaped on paper through the indirect technique whereas each tessera is glued upside down on pieces of paper that will be recomposed on site like a puzzle.
Friul Mosaic uses the enamels produced by Orsoni workshop, founded in 1888. Our library of colors collects an exhibition of thousands of colored enamels of countless shades.
The mosaic art requires careful eyes and skillful hands in any phase of the work process.
The tesserae produced in Orsoni furnaces are all hand chiseled. The enamel slates are sliced with a tile cutter and then chiseled into tesserae by a machine invented by Orsoni a century ago.
The workshop is the beating heart of the company.
These two kinds of material are the absolute protagonists of our work; they are shaped into precious solutions meant to embellish indoor and outdoor coverings.
William Bertoia’s relationship with the river Tagliamento is intimate and exclusive.
“I met the river Tagliamento when I was a child. In early summer mornings, my mother used to take me there by bike to breathe the fresh and fine air before the sun would scorch the stony stretches. The awakening of nature, the blooming of the flowers, the running of animals and the flying of birds were and still are a unique spectacle.” During those long walks on the sandbanks along the currents of water split as by humongous snake-like branches, William Bertoia, founder of Friul Mosaic, learned from his mother to perform easy tricks with the pebbles of the river, the Big River.