Floor panels are rather large and tiles somewhat smaller still. Mosaics represent the smallest visual unit of outdoor floorings. As such, mosaics represent many possibilities for deliberate spatial and graphic definition.

Modern mosaics, however, do not need to be painstakingly laid out one by one. Instead, a larger ceramic panel with grooves or a ready-made pattern of mosaic tiles on a back mesh faithfully imitate the desired, assembled look. Sometimes, these are richly patterned, such as Porcelanosa’s ‘Air Black Silver Decor’, a mat with glossy black and reflective components. Refin’s ‘Arketipo Cenere Mosaic’ also features a back mesh, but is instead a more austere, stoneware grid in subtle shade of grey.

Atlas Concorde’s ‘Mark Greca Mosaico Lap’ mosaic is in fact a large tile with grooves, but also graphic, Greek-styled patterns superimposed on its grid. The jet-black ‘Basaltine stone project | Mosaico 1 Iapatta’ uses the same principle. However, not all mosaics need to be laid out in grids. Casalgranda Padana’s ‘Spazio Miz listelli A’ consists of narrow strips of ceramic, while Ceramiche Supergres’s ‘Travel decor eastgrey’ emulates geometric, wooden parquet flooring.

And while Keope’s ‘Age Stone Pavone’ is a collection of stoneware mosaic elements that can be assembled to in a sweeping, fan-like shape, Odorizzi Soluzioni’s ‘Irregular Slabs’ is made of stone, and has to be laid out very deliberately. This last mosaic goes back to the roots, by cutting slabs directly from raw quarry material, and leaving it up to the user to assemble a free-form, irregularly segmented floor.

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