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Coverings Awards: dragonflower vine in a mosaic with natural stone and other materials

Dragonflower garden detail vine.

(July 2013) One of this year’s Coverings Installation & Design Awards (CID) went to Tile Design by Edelstein, Vashon, WA for a mosaic flooring in a private garden in Seattle, WA. The entire installation contains 44,000 pieces of hand cut and assembled mosaic with a blend of natural stone and other materials like porcelain. The winner was awarded $500 cash prize from Coverings fair.

Dragonflower Garden.

The client had wanted a mosaic pathway to wind around her raised‐bed vegetable garden. She was interested in a vine motif and finally agreed with the designer’s idea inspired by textured Chinese reflexology, traditional American handweaving patterns and the contemporary nature of her garden. „This design also addressed the immense challenge of installing an intricate mosaic at a remote jobsite: its modular nature allowed us to create the mosaic offsite as ,tiles’ and therefore expedite the installation“, the designer writes in a project description:

„Three general shapes make up the overall pattern: petal, star and pelt. Each shape contains a different mosaic component: petal = handweave pattern; star = white pebbles; pelt = slate brick layout. We used a CNC/waterjet system to cut the petals and stars out of sheets of 3x5x1/4” wonderboard as substrates for the elements.“

„Next we assembled the mosaic tiles: The main challenge here was the sheer amount of material we had to prep and assemble.

Dragonflower petal.

Petals: We began with 12×12 Brazilian black slate (supplier: Oregon Tile & Marble), 12×12 Luna Pearl granite (supplier Oregon Tile & Marble) and 12×24 white porcelain. These were cut into the 23 different sizes and set onto the petal‐shaped concrete board. Each of the 400 mosaic petals contains 79 pieces .

Dragonflower star production.

Stars: We sorted small white pebbles (supplier: Coverall Stone), cut them in half and set them to the starshaped concrete board. There are 60 stars.

Pelts: We cut 16×16 gray slate into brick shapes and mounted the bricks in an efficient configuration to full 3x5x1/4” Wonderboard sheets (using a flexible mortar that enabled us to move these mounted sheets to the waterjet intact). 100 pelts were then cut out of the mounted slate/concrete board assemblies.

Colored vine petals: Scored, snapped and sanded mirror pieces and 3/4”x3/4” Trend Karma glass were installed onto the petal‐shaped concrete board with epoxy mortar.“

„The ,vine’ itself is made of mirror strips that connect the colored petals. These were made by adhering 12×24 pieces of 1/4” mirror to pieces of suitable scrap porcelain tile with epoxy mortar. These were then cut into strips that fit into the gap between the larger pattern pieces.“

In the Coverings Installation & Design Awards 15 outstanding stone and tile projects from across the USA and around the world are recognized. The CID Awards celebrate creativity and technical know-how in the use of stone and tile in residential and commercial projects.

Oregon Tile & Marble

Coverall Stone

Source: Coverings

Editing: pebe

Dragonflower detail flower.Dragonflower detail macro.

(31.07.2013) (USA: 07.31.013)