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TREND - Gold Fever: The Inimitable Appeal Of 24ct Gold Mosaic

This season, there has been a resurgence of opulence and glamour in the home, with gold colour schemes making a brilliant return. Gold brings a touch of refinement, luxury and warmth to many interiors and amongst todayís glittering palette are metallic decorative paints, gold patterned wallcoverings, sequinned textiles, gilded lights and fittings, and golden finishes for bathrooms and living room furniture. But the original and still the most prized golden wall and floor covering is 24ct gold mosaic and, through its many precious tile collections, Trend of Italy offers the widest choice in this prestigious segment (see separate Gold Notes style sheet).

The techniques of fusing together glass and thin leaves of gold date back to Roman times and was regarded as mainly a medium for religious art, until the 19th century when Italian mosaicist Angelo Orsoniís avant-garde techniques popularised it for interior decoration. Now owned by the Trend group and the only factory in Venice that manufactures glass mosaic with gold leaf, Orsoniís original furnace still provides the authentic craftsmanship and artistry that lie behind the inimitable Trend gold collection.

Gold mosaic par excellence is seen in Trendís distinctive Aureo 24 Carat line, offered in both yellow and white gold, smooth and corrugated textures, Modern and Traditional designs, and different finishes for floors and wallcoverings. Handcrafted in a centuries-old artisan process, these mosaic tiles are made by beating pure gold into a thin sheet, which is then sandwiched between two layers of glass. The thin upper layer or cartellina, either transparent or tinted, is typically 1mm thick and protects the delicate leaf, sometimes giving a coloured hue to the gold; the thicker support layer is usually around 4mm deep, adding strength and substance. These three elements are heated once again and fused into a single slab that is resistant to cracking and breaking, before being hand cut into individual tiles or tesserae.

Aureo gold mosaic tiles are available as standard in 1cm, 1.5cm or 2cm square formats, enabling mix and match combination with other Trend ranges, and can be made in larger or smaller sizes for particular projects. There is also an Aureo Collezione Lucio Orsoni, created by the latest talented member of the Orsoni family, which uses a hand-blown, tinted cartellina to produce provocative new 24ct gold colours, from acid green and copper, to titanium and violet. Prices for the regular Aureo range are from 65p to £1.10 per piece and for the Orsoni Collection are between 85p and £1.40 per piece.

Similarly creative expressions of gold and metallic colours can be found in Trendís utterly distinctive Liberty collection, where designs like Topaz, Bronzite, Pearl and Diamond take the eye through extravagant golden, bronze and silver tones, adding the extra dimensions of texture and eccentric tile formats. Prices here are from £245 to £345 per square metre.

In contrast to gold blocked or metallic paper wallcoverings, Trend offers intricate and beautiful glass mosaics on a roll, in the shape of its exclusive Wallpaper collection, featuring elegant repeat patterns. Such classic designs as 24ct gold and white Luxurious 1, Rich 1 and Essential 2 are the perfect choice for large rooms, while white gold wallpaper themes like Essential 1 give the illusion of space in smaller interiors. These Aureo gold mosaic-accented themes cost between £624 and £726 per square metre.

Other gold notes from Trend come from studio-designed Vitreo, Brillante, Shining, Aureo tile mixes and graduated shading blends, in the popular 2cm x 2cm tile size, as well as more intricate Lux, Sunshine, Aureo custom mixes in the smaller 1.5cm square format. Prices vary according to the proportion of precious gold Aureo tesserae in the particular design, starting from around £150 per square metre.

For a different interpretation of yellow and white golden tones, Trendís latest Karma Mirage coloured glass tiles have a metallic epoxy finish applied to the reverse, replicating the warm tones of this precious metal and giving enormous depth of colour. These hand cut 2cm square mosaics, made from 75% post-consumer recycled glass, are priced at £436 per square metre.

Continuing the coloured glass theme, Glamour gold-effect mosaic tiles are extra deep at 1cm thick and are colour-fused, giving consistent depth of golden tone throughout, in a range of standard and custom formats. Ideal for dramatic floor and wall coverings, these tiles are priced around £345 per square metre.

So whatever the decorative style, form or function, Trend has a golden solution, in the varied shapes of its brilliant glass mosaics.

For the nearest stockist and further enquiries please email below.

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