Rossella Bisazza, Communications Director for the industry leading producer of glass mosaic, talks living with colour and what to do and where to eat in Beirut
When was the business founded, and why?
The company was founded by my father Renato in 1956
How many staff?
630 people, distributed in 15 countries
Where is it based?
The headquarters are in Vicenza, Northern Italy and our main flagship stores are in Milan, Paris, London and NYC, while the communication office is in Milan.
What is your latest significant achievement/project of note?
The Mahdavi Collection, which is our latest collection of bathroom furniture, created by the celebrated French designer India Mahdavi.
What is your best selling product?
The Springrose mosaic pattern, which also decorates the façade of the Bisazza Foundation in Vicenza, a non-profit cultural institution dedicated to architecture, design and photography
I’ve just discovered…
During my last stay in London I discovered Jaime Hayon’s new collection of exquisite handmade ceramic vases and small sculptures, showcased at the London address of the French galerie Kréo. The Spanish designer always infuses his creations with a playfulness and a charming sense of humour – this collection makes no exception!
Who inspires me…
Alessandro Mendini, a Maestro of the Italian design, who was Bisazza’s Art Director in the ’90s and helped the company enter the design world. Now in his eighties he is still a source of inspiration for our brand and a dear friend to me.
I’ve always been a fan of…
Colour! I adore to be surrounded by colours in my Milanese apartment, where a palette of spicy nuances on the walls is mitigated by totally white furniture. Instead, at my Parisian pied-à-terre, a shade of pearl grey with a touch of mauve is the protagonist. And a deep blue mosaic pattern decorates the bathroom.
My highlight of the last 12 months…
Last October I travelled to Lebanon with a dear friend, the designer and artistic director of Kartell, Ferruccio Laviani. In Beirut we visited the Design Fair but also we took the opportunity to stroll around the Saifi Village, a nice neighbourhood where you can find small shops selling beautiful artisanal objects and bright coloured textiles. In town you can eat well almost everywhere – the Lebanese food is delicious and in particular Ferruccio and I experienced an unforgettable dinner at the restaurant Baron, in the Mar Mikhael District. We also visited Baalbek, the magnificent archaeological site, just two hours’ drive from Beirut. A can’t-miss experience!
My next design trip is to…
New York City, for a presentation of the new Bisazza collections at our flagship store, which is located in the hip neighbourhood of Chelsea, overlooking the High Line.