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Multi-faceted designer India Mahdavi creates a quirky range of tiles for Bisazza

Published: 19th April 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th April 2015 12:52 AM   |  A+A-

Bisazza is one of the most authoritative luxury design brands and a world leader in the production of glass mosaics for the decoration of interiors and exteriors. Architect, designer and scenographer India Mahdavi has created a range of new decorative tiles for Bisazza. Featuring modern, optical graphic elements, the new collection was a part of the Fuorisalone Off-Site events held in Milan recently. The collection previews the new signature tiles by Mahdavi at its flagship store.

The French designer’s style is recognisable by her fine ironic touch: optical graphic elements with essential lines and declined in bold and original chromatic combinations, creating pop-inspired decors. Tiles with stripes, polka dot, bubbles, small squares and multicolour patterns in elegant shapes create surfaces infinitely repeated, with a dynamic effect. Made by hand, the pop-optic, 70s-inspired tiles come in two formats: squared 20x20cm or hexagonal 20x23cm. The great value of every single piece is guaranteed by an accurate artisanal production process that brings extreme charm to the collection.

Based in Paris, Mahdavi was born in 1962 in Tehran, Iran. Raised by a Persian father and Egyptian-English mother, Mahdavi lived in Iran for the first year and a half of her life, then spent the rest of her childhood traveling with her parents, living in the US, Germany, and France. This culturally diverse lifestyle is reflected in her eclectic designs, which range from homes, hotels and commercial spaces to airplane interiors and furniture. Mahdavi studies architecture at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris between 1980 and 1986. After studying at the School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union, she returned to Paris and joined Christian Liaigre’s design studio. Mahdavi’s company, imh interiors, was founded in 1999, with the designer subsequently opening her own showroom in Paris in 2003.

Mahdavi’s work is minimal yet playful, and characterised by a combination of humour, elegance and sensuality. Notable projects include the Hotel du Cloitre in Arles, Coburg Bar at London’s Connaught Hotel, Monte Carlo Beach in Monaco, Rivington Hotel in Manhattan among many others. She has collaborated with Ralph Pucci, Ian Schrager, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton. For more details, log on to


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