Ongoing technical research goes hand-in-hand with an increase in the company’s production capacity. Continuous electric furnaces, able to operate 24 hours a day, became available in the 1970s and were brought in to replace the company’s methane gas batch furnaces. This innovative move was a major landmark in the company’s progress toward industrial production; with it came extensive expansion into Europe and the Far East.
The 1980s usher in a significant diffusion of mosaics on an international scale. Markets in Africa and the Middle East are growing rapidly and it is precisely from here that the largest orders arrive. The domes of mosques are decorated with gold mosaic tiles and friezes, crafted in the traditional opus tessellatum artistic technique. The first Bisazza branch opens in Hong Kong.
In 1989 the company officially changes its name from Vetricolor to Bisazza S.p.A. It is during the 1990s that Bisazza mosaics break into the field of private and public interior decor. Detailed focus on product quality, design research and ongoing expansion of its collections turn Bisazza products into increasingly sophisticated decorative items, capable of revolutionizing the world of interior design. A period of formidable expansion begins in the American market with the opening of a branch in the United States, and is followed by the opening of a branch in India.
In 2000, Piero Bisazza is named CEO of Bisazza S.p.A. During this period sales branches are opened in France, Great Britain, Spain, the Philippines, Australia, Germany and Russia. From 2000 to 2003 the position of Art Director is entrusted to Fabio Novembre. For the first time, Bisazza mosaics blaze the trail into new territory. Novembre designs shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels, installations of striking visual impact and mosaic decor in a modern and innovative style that express his unique, remarkable creative inspiration.
The company’s decision to implement direct distribution leads to the opening of monobrand stores in the major design cities around the world: Milano (2002) New York (2003) Berlin (2003) London (2005), Paris and Barcelona (2006), Los Angeles and Miami (2009). Following Fabio Novembre’s art direction, the company decides to engage big names from the fields of architecture and design who take their turn working with mosaics: Tord Boontje, Aldo Cibic, Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel, Sandro Chia, Carlo Dal Bianco, Tom Dixon, Romeo Gigli, Michael Graves, Jaime Hayon, Alessandro Mendini, Paola Navone, Nendo, India Mahdavi, Fabio Novembre, Fabrizio Plessi, Andrée Putman, Ettore Sottsass, Studio Job, Patricia Urquiola, Edward Van Vliet and Marcel Wanders.
In 2005 at the Salone Satellite (Salone del Mobile furniture show) the “Mini wears Bisazza” project is unveiled, an eye-catching partnership between MINI and Bisazza: five cars “dressed” with the most iconic mosaic patterns from the Bisazza collection. After the show, the project benefited from strong international media coverage as it toured with a roadshow that stopped in the hottest international design capitals.
In 2006, the company debuts its new Bisazza Home line, a collection of furniture and home accessories created by renowned designers: Andrée Putman, Marcel Wanders, Patricia Urquiola, Jaime Hayon, J. Mayer and Carlo Dal Bianco. Once again, thanks to their great potential for expression and their artisan properties, mosaics find a new application in these partnerships.
In June of 2012 the Fondazione Bisazza is inaugurated, a new cultural space dedicated to contemporary design and architecture. In addition to a Permanent Collection of works and installations created by internationally celebrated designers for Bisazza, the Fondazione halls also host a series of temporary exhibitions from renowned institutions around the world.
In 2014 the “Bisazza wears Emilio Pucci” collection makes its debut. The line includes digital patterns and limited edition artistic mosaic decorative panels inspired by historic prints from legendary fashion house EMILIO PUCCI.