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Mosaic Swimming Pools – Art in the Pool

We discuss Mosaic Pools with one of the leading pool tile artists in the industry.

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Mosaic Swimming Pools - Leading Pool Tile Artists in the Industry

When you think of Mosaics, you immediately think of stained glass windows and complex tile floors. Today we will be looking at some of the leading designers and discussing the future of Mosaic Pool Art with one of the industry leaders Danilo Bonazza, owner of Art & Mosaics. Ever since the swimming pool was first conceived of, people have been customizing the interior to be truly unique and one-of-a-kind. When you think of how intricately designed some inground pools can be, it isn’t really such a stretch to consider adding a mural or mosaic art to the interior. Folks have been doing it for hundreds of years.

Photo Credit: Sergio Furnari

Swimming pool interiors provide a great blank canvas for some artists to truly convey how creative and skilled they can be. Mosaic pool tile itself is considered to be an artform in the swimming pool industry and a niche skillset is needed to achieve the elaborate and intricate designs seen here. Each design can take hundreds of man hours spent painstakingly assembling the mosaic artwork.

For hundreds of years skilled craftsmen have been applying their trade in finer residential homes and commercial buildings. Over the last few decades however, the art form has taken on a new meaning as pool designers look for new and modern ways to incorporate mosaics into the pool interior.

Photo Credit: Craig Bragdy

The number of mosaic tile artists has dramatically increased over the past ten years. A new generation of multi-talented pool designers / mosaic tile artists are elevating the level of complexity and creativity that can be expressed in the pool interior. It’s a signal of how far pool tile technology has progressed to allow such ingenuity in assembling such vivid images. Manufacturers like Tile Doctor and Litokol are rapidly advancing their product lines to keep up with the high demand in the pool industry.

Photo Credit: Tile Mural Creative Arts

In the sphere of luxury inground swimming pools, there are many examples to be found that simply inspire and visually delight. Some of the most remarkable examples that truly captivate our imaginations are Mosaic Pools. There is just so much time and labor and experience required to pull off the effect with dexterity. In many instances pool builders avoid doing mosaic tile interiors simply because they are aware of how painstakingly difficult the designs are to properly achieve.

Danilo Bonazza – Owner of Art & Mosaics, one of the leading Mosaic Tile Artists in the world.

We spoke with leading mosaic pool tile artist – Danilo Bonazza. An industry veteran with over two decades of experience designing pool interiors all over the world. We had the opportunity to catch up with Danilo between projects and discussed the future of Mosaic Tile Art in swimming pools.

I think it’s remarkable where the industry is headed. Pools provide the type of canvas that tile artists dream of. There is something almost angelical about someone swimming over my artwork that is truly surreal.

Danilo Bonazza – art & mosaics

We asked Danilo how the industry has changed over the years since he first got started applying his artwork in pool interiors. “Mosaics used to be very rare in swimming pools. You only really found them in resort hotels or really high end homes” said Bonazza. “In the last ten years or so the artform has definitely caught on. I think pool designers in general are eager to adapt the skillset as part of their repertoire because of the sophisticated look the effect achieves” he continued.

Pool tile artist Danilo Bonazza of Art & Mosaics

We asked Danilo what most inspired him to begin working with mosaics. “I’ve always drawn to them. Where I grew up in Ravenna, in Italy I was surrounded by beautiful artwork my entire childhood. My hometown is famous for it’s mosaics. It’s just something I’ve always been enormously passionate about my entire life”.

When asked how he correlated swimming pools with mosaic art Bonazza replied “They really go hand in hand when you think about it. A swimming pool is an extravagance in itself. Mosaic art is simply taking that extravagance to the umpeenth degree”.

We certainly agree, adding mosaic artwork to the interior of a swimming pool is an indulgence that many simply can’t afford. The average price tag for installing a mosaic artwork interior can cost more than the swimming pool itself. Certainly not your run of the mill pool feature, and one that is still typically requested by folks looking for a more classic and refined look.

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Pool News coverage brought to you by Pool Magazine's own Marcus Packer. Marcus Packer is a 20 year pool industry veteran pool builder and pool service technician. In addition to being a swimming pool professional, Marcus has been a writer and long time contributor for Newsweek Magazine's home improvement section and more recently for Florida Travel + Life. Have a story idea or tip you'd like to share with Pool Magazine? Email mpacker@poolmagazine.com your story idea.

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Las Vegas Pool Builder Receives Top Industry Award

Joseph Anthony Vassallo, CBP of Paragon Pools Named PHTA 2021
Builder of the Year

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Las Vegas Pool Builder - Joseph Anthony Vassallo, Vice President & Chief Design Executive of Paragon Pools was named the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) 2021 Builder of the Year

(Las Vegas, NV) Nov 21, 2021 – Las Vegan Joseph Anthony Vassallo, Vice President & Chief Design Executive of Paragon Pools was named the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) 2021 Builder of the Year at the Awards ceremony held on Nov 15th in Dallas, Texas during the Pool, Spa, Patio & Deck Expo.

The PHTA annually recognizes prominent achievements and outstanding performers in the pool, spa and hot tub industry of which include the Individuals Awards and the International Awards of Excellence Design Awards.

The Builder of the Year Award is a peer-nominated award given to one PHTA builder member who has advanced the pool building profession through outstanding achievements and dedication to the industry.

Nominees must meet a strict set of criteria, including commitment to being a positive role model for the profession and peers, have a proven track record of meeting or exceeding industry standards in designing and building pools and spas, must have been employed in the pool, hot tub, or spa industry for at least five years, has actively participated with PHTA at a local or national level and must be a current employee of a PHTA member company in good standing.

Vassallo, who is often referred to as Joe Jr. began his career as a design apprentice in his teens (1989). He found enjoyment in the challenge of conceiving and developing pool and landscape plans to complement the home’s architecture and restrictive plot layouts while designing a stunning custom design for the homeowner.

Following high school, he studied architecture, marketing, and small business management. He has continued to further his professional and technical skills with PSI Leadership Seminars, Tom Hopkins Seminars, Auto CAD-2000, Structure Studios 3-D training, PHTA University curriculum, ART- Artistic Resources and Training, as well as CEU’s in industry business and technical topics.

In 2001, Vassallo joined his father in opening the family business, Paragon Pools in Las Vegas. As the Vice President, Vassallo has been instrumental in the success of the company and creating a high standard for design and construction for company projects earning an expansive list of international design awards and business accolades over the years, including Masters of Design Awards, International Awards of Excellence Design Awards, Aqua Choice Design Awards,  Aqua 100 Hall of Fame, Nevada Business Journal Family Owned Business Honoree and Vegas Inc (formally InBusiness) 40 Under 40 Award to name a few.

In the nomination letter, Robert Blanda, CBP, PHTA Fellow, 2014 Builder of the Year submitted the following:

“Celebrating the 20th Anniversary Paragon Pools this year, Joseph Anthony Vassallo, CBP has had a long respected and celebrated career as a pool designer and builder in Las Vegas, NV.

He has been committed to ensuring and promoting professional development and the growth of the aquatic industry through a variety of activities including volunteering his time to serve on the Southern Nevada Chapter as well as the National Builders Education Committee (BEC) and Builders Manual Task Force…

Joe Jr. has always been very respectful of his fellow aquatic professionals. His high standards, design talents, knowledge of product and instincts are with true merit…  He is eager to share his knowledge and elevate the skills of others. I and others have sought his advice on projects on numerous occasions. And his contributions to the 3rd and 4th edition of the Builders Manual was extremely valuable…  

He is a fine example of what the BUILDER of the YEAR represents and has advanced the pool building profession through outstanding achievements and dedication to the industry.” 

Established in 2007, the PHTA Builder of Year Award is previously known as the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) Certified Building Professional (CBP) of the Year Award.  Vassallo joins a short list of only 17 honorees that span the United States, including his father, Joseph Michael Vassallo, CBP who received the award in 2012.

Joseph Vassallo Sr. – Owner of Paragon Pools, Joe Trusty – Editor of Pool Magazine, Joseph Anthony Vassallo – Vice President & Chief Design Executive of Paragon Pools – 2021 PHTA Builder of the Year

The Vassallo’s are the only father and son to both receive the distinguished accolade. The duo also received an International Awards of Excellence Design Award for their unique design in the category of – Spa built in conjunction with a pool.

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ABOUT PARAGON POOLS Paragon Pools is an award-winning, custom, in-ground swimming pool and spa design/build construction company in Las Vegas, Nevada. The contractor specializes in new construction and major renovations of residential and commercial projects. Paragon Pools has received numerous accolades worldwide for its unique designs, trend setting applications and renovation projects. Their client list includes major hotels, casino moguls, sports stars, and celebrities. The company has been showcased in numerous TV, Cable and news profiles and featured on HGTV.com Designers Showcase.  https://www.paragonpoolslv.com

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Pool Industry Mourns The Loss of Grant Smith & Bob Lowry

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Grant Smith - Bob Lowry - Remembrance

The pool industry lost two of it’s best and brightest this week and was saddened to learn of the passing of widely respected professionals, Grant Smith and Bob Lowry.

This week many in the industry were gathering for the PSP Deck Expo in Dallas, TX. Colleagues were meeting after years of being separated by the pandemic and had been enjoying the opportunity to reconnect. The mood and energy were high at the Omni Convention Center. Pool Magazine editorial staff got to town early to help set up our own booth and cover some of the events being presented.

We were debuting our first printed issue of Pool Magazine, and I was personally excited to meet some of the industry professionals that I had been able to connect with virtually through social media. Over the past year, I had been corresponding with Grant Smith and engaging with him to become a contributor for our new publication. After a few easy-going conversations, Smith agreed to join our roster of op-editorialists.

I had published several of his op-ed pieces over the last year and was eager to get to meet him face to face and thank him for being a contributor. Shaking his hand and telling him how much I appreciated him being a part of our publication was something I was really looking forward to doing. I made sure to get one of his best op-eds in our first issue and wanted to hand it to him personally. Unfortunately, that never got to happen. Like many who got the sad news this week, I was on the expo floor when I found out that Grant Smith had suddenly and unexpectedly passed at the age of 50 years old.

His opinions were widely respected and from time to time would generate controversy on social media. Smith frequently inspired the type of intelligent debate that is the very lifeblood of our industry. A mentor and educator, he was eager to offer his expertise and help in any way he could. Evidently, that’s just the kind of person he was. The sort that have no compunction of giving their time and energy to help complete strangers.

For me, it was incredibly telling of the type of person he was and exemplified exactly what I’ve come to expect from those that lead our industry from the front. It should be of no shock to anyone that Smith was a United States Marine, they instill that type of character into their very best.

Bob Lowry, was equally greatly admired and respected throughout the industry. Known as a chemical service guru, Lowry was a thought leader on many issues pertaining to pool service. Many in the industry credit him with helping guide their career path and shape their approach towards water management. The author of a multitude of pool and spa water chemistry books, IPSSA manuals, and publisher of hundreds of technical articles and white papers over a 45 year span in the industry. He passed away in Lima, Peru on November, 17th after a long illness.

The news of the passing of both of these great educators in our industry leaves a hole in many of the hearts that knew and respected both of these incredibly warm and generous individuals. They will both be greatly missed.

There is a GoFundMe organized by Dave Penton to help assist with misc. final expenses – in lieu of flowers please consider a donation which will go directly to Grant’s family.

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This Rooftop Infinity Pool Design Will Take Your Breath Away

Infinity London – rooftop pool will feature 360 degree views of the city of London.

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360 Degree Infinity Pool Planned For London Hotel

One of the most innovative and incredible pool design concepts we’ve seen this year is an incredible breathtaking rooftop infinity pool planned for a new five-star hotel being built in London.

Infinity Pool Will Have 360 Degree Views of London

For thrill-seeking swimmers, the chance to take a death-defying dip might not be far away. Plans to build a rooftop infinity pool — with 360-degree views of the London skyline — are in motion.

The designs for the 600,000-liter pool and 55-story building, named Infinity London, have been unveiled by Compass Pools.
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Unique Rooftop Pool Concept Will Be A First

Compass Pools, the designers of the project have released the 3D renderings for the 160,000 gallon pool and 55-story structure. The concept is a world first, according to the designers, who describe the construction as “the only building in the world to contain a 360-degree infinity pool.”

The pool will be manufactured out of cast acrylic with transparent sides and floors so that spectators below can watch swimmers gliding above them. The concept itself is similar in nature to another famous pool in London, the Sky Pool at the Embassy Gardens.

To keep water from splashing outside the pool area to the street below, the designers plan to deploy some unique containment methods on this vessel. This swimming pool will include advanced technical features such as a built-in anemometer that will monitor wind speed. The entire system will be linked to a centralized building management system which ensures the water temperature is perfect and doesn’t get blown down to the street below.

“We faced some quite major technical challenges to this building, the biggest one being how to actually get into the pool,” said Compass Pool’s head designer and technical director Alex Kemsley.

There are no stairs on the outside of the pool or the building to preserve its clean aesthetic; instead, swimmers will use a uniquely designed access point to get to the pool.

“The solution is based on the door of a submarine,” said Kemsley, “coupled with a rotating spiral staircase which rises from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out — the absolute cutting edge of swimming pool and building design and a little bit James Bond to boot!”

Diagram of the staircase system used to access the pool area.

The entire pool will glow like a “jewel-topped torch” in the evening, according to the designers, who envision the entire top of the building being accented by the lit pool at night.

An innovative and eco-friendly method of heating the pool will utilize waste energy from the HVAC system. Engineers will capture hot gas created as a by-product from the building’s air conditioning which will be used to heat the pool water via a heat exchanger.

Photo Credits: Compass Pools

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