Design NJ is New Jersey’s Home and Design Magazine providing homeowners with beautiful and functional design projects, products, and services. With a strict editorial policy that demands quality, accuracy, and integrity, Design NJ strives to create valuable content that readers trust and look forward to reading.
In their April/May issue (with a purple cover that we can’t get enough of!), Design NJ shines the spotlight on “tiles with texture – the latest designs (that) will give you tactile as well as visual pleasure.” What better patterns to feature than those in Tissé, our collection of 23 mosaic designs inspired by international weaving techniques and textiles.
Tissé, which means “to weave” in French, explores the structure of the raw materials and techniques of heritage designs used in textiles and upholstery. Traditional fibers like Rattan, Jute, and Esparto are interpreted in stone colors that represent the original plant strands. Woven designs like Tweed, Gingham Chevron, Cabin Weave, Wicker, and Twill Ombre were designed first by separating fabric threads to understand how the textile was created. For the Cardigan and Cable Knit mosaics, individual stitches were photographed and enlarged to recreate the intricate permuting patterns. Thomas, Corduroy and Cane Weave (which is the pattern Design NJ chose to feature – see below) emulate the three-dimensional quality of heavily textured materials and are suitable for vertical installations. Either subtle or dramatic contrasting color patterns are the highlight of Maya, Perseid, Indira, and Ziggurat. Individual stone pieces were then hand cut, tumbled or given a Venetian (pillowed) effect to soften the stone with a more rounded finish. Darker grout was applied to create shadows and depth between each piece of stone, glass, and shell.