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Does digital age rime with the end of mosaic?

Mosaic as we know it is rich. Rich of its history, rich of the borrowing of its creator and his knowhow, but also rich of its colors, textures and finishes... but how will it survive the digital race ?

In April 2017, there were already 3.81 billion Internet users, ie 51% of the world's population ! In 2005 this number was « only » around 15%.

I think it’s safe to say thing are moving quickly. Very quickly. And that the more the digital professions develop and the more we fear for the survival of certain crafts, the unique know-how sometimes passed on from generation to generation.
Will mosaic disappear?

If, for some, digital is synonymous of the future, for others, it will never replace certain trades including high-value precision manual trades.

The art of Mosaic is one of them. Indeed, it is very appreciated for its variety of materials and its unique use of color. This is particularly the case in the field of interior design.

Beyond that, mosaic grows, adapts and inspires.

In recent years, more and more digital solutions resulting from this practice are emerging.

This is the case of some social networking applications like Pleek that enables participatory mosaic or Layout (for Instagram) that turns this art into a playful and user-friendly practice.

The first compositions of this type were created in the 1960s. Photomosaic is in some ways the "modern version" and likes to create a universe of photos inside an image based on the average color values of each unit. And although today it is done mainly through specific algorithms, this is, in some ways, the modern praise of a practice that has gone through the ages ... without ever blushing !

At Magic Mosaic we have chosen to make all our products from unique manufacturing plans created using software tools that are unique to us, combining quality craftsmanship and technological modernity.

M... like Mosaic. Discover the art of "Contemporary Mosaic »!

"M like mosaic" ... That rings a little bell doesn’t it ? Not quite sure where you have heard that before?
Let me tell you a story …

Back in 1877, a ceramic stoneware factory founded by Paul Charnoz is implanted in Paray-le- Monial. For those who do not know where it is, well, Paray-le-Monial is located in the department of Saone-et-Loire in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. Yes, here in France !

This famous "ceramic stoneware tile" is also known by another name, more widespread, ie : the « mosaic-tile ».

In 1994, a group of former employees of this factory created the Paul Charnoz Museum to highlight the history and the ceramic heritage as the worker's know-how (also called the "memory of the gesture »).

Four years later, their association with the Tourist Office and other enthusiasts, allows for an exhibition including the participation of international mosaicists !

Presented at the Paul Charnoz Museum and the Saint Nicolas Tower in Paray-le-Monial, the exhibition « Aime… comme Mosaïque", is a great success. But it is, more importantly, the discovery, by the general public, of contemporary mosaic.

It will even be reproduced at the Forney Library at the request of the Paris City Hall the year after (the same year as the second exhibition « Vivre à Rome" where Giovanna Galli animated 3 initiation courses to this art).

In 2000, it is the official creation of « Aime ... comme Mosaïque » with has become "M comme Mosaïque" since 2008, this association remains true to its values and its ambitions.

Since then, the moves have followed.

Today, it is at 15bis, Quai de l'Industrie in Paray-le-Monial, in the premises of the « Maison de la Mosaïque Contemporaine (House of Contemporary Mosaic) that you can visit the permanent exhibition hall (which also presents a video retracing the history of the mosaic to the present day), consult the resource center (recognized by specialists as being of high technical and artistic quality), and even participate in an internship animated by renowned mosaic artists and trainers !

Art Nouveau vs Art Deco - two consecutive styles radically opposed!"

Art Nouveau and Art Deco are two very different styles often confused - probably because they represent two consecutive periods.

Let's see what they are made of, how to recognize these two styles and how to use them in interior design.

In the early 1880s, in reaction to the excessive industrialization and reproduction of old styles, Art Nouveau was born. This artistic movement with organic inspiration lasted only twenty years but, in this short lapse of time, rose to be tremendously popular and developed internationally.

We can say, without a doubt, that this form of Total Art celebrates a certain golden age lost at the dawn of the industrial era. Its bucolic shapes inspired by nature plunge us into a universe made of inventiveness, rhythm, color and ornamentation.

In 1910, Art Deco took over and lasted thirty years. Inspired by cubist geometry, it tends towards pure lines and a return to classical rigor through noble materials and omnipresent geometric shapes.

Its climax (1920) being in the aftermath of the First World War, Art Deco fits into the context of the roaring twenties and symbolizes in some ways a chic wave full of lightness!

That’s right ! These two styles, very close in time, are actually tremendously different! One occupying the entire space with rounded shapes inspired by trees, insects and animals, the other leaning toward pure lines and repeated geometric patterns in search of a return to simpler things.

Mosaic had been in decline for some time, but one finds it in these two movements, with characteristics proper to each one of them.

For the first, arabesques, stained glass, colors and ornaments are omnipresent and bring creativity and richness to the interiors of the time.

For the second, it is the repetition of simple motives, faithful to the progressive rationality, which prevails for a resolutely modern result.


Art deco


If you like mosaic, then you must visit Vienna!

Located in the heart of archaeological remains and inscribed in the continuity of the landscape, the museum of Saint-Romain-en-Gal in Vienne (France), is a real must for anyone passionate about history, architecture and mosaic!

Every year, the museum and Gallo-Roman site attracts, just 30 km south of Lyon, on the right bank of the Rhône, over 80,000 visitors including scientists, archaeologists, visual artists, musicians, and anyone curious, whom have travelled to visit this exceptional heritage.

Discovered in 1967, during the construction of a high school, this archaeological site, now ranked among the most important in France, offers it’s visitors the restored remains of the residential and commercial district of the 1st and 4th centuries AD of ancient Vienna. At the time, Vienna was the capital of a vast territory covering Dauphiné and Savoy. All this
on over 3 hectares open to the public!

Philippe Chaix and Jean-Paul Morel, winners of the architects’ competition, knew just how to answer the requirements of a museum and site to ensure the presentation, study and conservation of the collections, through the realization of a museum on two very different buildings in their design.

The first is the reception building. It includes all the primary functions of the museum: ticketing, temporary exhibition, shop and restaurant, as well as a research center and a mosaic restoration workshop

Along the river, on stilts over a Roman house, is the permanent exhibition building.

Its airy and light appearance contrasts with the imposing concrete structure of the first building to which it is connected by a transparent walkway.

Open to the public since 1996, the museum covers 12,000 m2 where one can discover the Roman era and the ancient art of living: the city and its shops, the craftsmen's knowhow, the wealth and comfort of the houses, and the exceptional treasure of mosaics and frescoes found on this site!



Pop-Art - with Magic Mosaic

If I say "Marilyn Monroe" and "Andy Warhol" what is the first thing that pops into you head? If your answer is « Pop-Art" then you are absolutely right !

These two icons are, in some ways, the incarnation of the « Pop-art" movement that saw the day in France and was largely inspired by the British trends of the 1950s.

This colorful style, often characterized by simplified lines, revolutionized Art and at the same time Interior Design.

Oh yes ! In the chape of large paintings, custom furniture and unique frescoes, pop-art also interferes with our interior design for a dazzling experience!

But how can one apply this style to one’s home ?

Bright colors and clean lines are a must! On furniture, sculptures, appliances or even on a whole wall, flat color will certainly awaken your interior design! Also, use white as a light and airy base to bring out the centerpieces of your decor.
Indeed, it is the creative objects and amazing work of art that will make all the difference.

Pay attention to the subject represented. It must be : simple, surprising and if possible carrying a message or an emotion.

On the furniture side, the "egg" armchair and XXL low-back sofa - typical of the 1960s - will create a very POP-friendly space. No need to spend a tone on side tables, instead, we recommend to bet on grandiose and unique elements.

With our Polysaic application you can create Pop Art using Mosaics that won’t look like any other! A revisited (Pop Art style) coffee table, a painting made from the image of your choice or a completely personalized wall, express your creativity and turn your home into the colorful interior that suits you !

Popart Mosaic


Mosaic in decoration - with Magic Mosaic

It is not always easy to create a focal point.

You know! That unique element that immediately catches the eye when you enter a room and that is sometimes difficult not to look at because it is so interesting and unique... the one that transforms a room and makes it immediately amazing as soon as you step foot into it !

But have you thought about mosaic? Did you know that it is possible to create a custom mosaic to fit all your needs and desires? Oh yes ! You can even use the photo of a loved one, a spectacular landscape or even the portrait of your pet and turn it into a true masterpiece!

But how do you integrate mosaic into your interior design and what colors must one use?

To integrate it to your home, it’s very simple!

Choose the area you want to highlight. It may be the wall immediately in front of you when you enter the room, the bottom of a pool, the floor of the hallway in the entrance ...

Then determine the ideal size of the mosaic (only a part of the surface : such as a picture above a sofa for example ; or the entire surface : such as the bottom of a walk-in shower...)

Once this first step is done, ask yourself which colors would go best with your decoration. If necessary, create a color chart to help you. The ideal number is to use between 3 and 5 colors throughout your room, including two basic colors (often neutral) and one or two highlighting colors (to emphasize certain elements with black or anthracite gray for example).

Then choose a photo, a pattern or an abstract image that uses these colors and conveys an atmosphere that you enjoy. It doesn’t have to include all the colors of your color chart but must respect the global spirit of the latter.

There you go ! You now have all the cards in hand to order THE mosaic that will transform your home!


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