SICIS Arrives in Paris’s Golden Triangle
High expectations preceded the opening of SICIS Paris. But the lavish, painstaking renovation overhaul on the corner of Rues François Premier and Cerisoles does not disappoint. Ravenna-based SICIS – unique for its production of mosaic, furniture, and jewelry – has arrived in the Triangle D’or with a splash.
Well-known for its interior and exterior mosaic work and tile palettes, 25-year-old SICIS is in a period of rapid expansion, with a team of expert architects designing everything from swimming pools to hotels and health spas, from Las Vegas to the luxurious Clinique La Praire in Switzerland.
The new showroom off the Champs Elysées, built under the direction of company founder and president Maurizio Leo Placuzzi and architect Eugenio Manzoni lives up to expectations, with Cosmati white-and-gold marble floors, anthracite-colored walls, Italian-made mosaic panels in fine gold and the SICIS Next Art collection of design furniture.
Walking through the luxurious showroom is a bit like visiting a prestigious art gallery inside a jewel box, with its mosaic replicas of Arcimboldo and a fantastic room dedicated to Gustav Klimt, a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Viennese painter’s birth.
Pass through an imposing oriental-style doorway and you enter the SICIS Jewels and O’Clock collection. The tranquil space is dominated by an immense mosaic portrait of Princess Caroline, one of the muses for the collection of nano-mosaic jewelry and time pieces designed by American interior designer Roger Thomas. Each piece requires between 200 and 500 tiles for one square centimeter of amazing micro-mosaic. Thomas’s work has a look simultaneously modern and ancient look with its flowers, tigers, cupolas and labyrinths.
And in case you were wondering, SICIS is a Latin anagram. It stands for Sic Immensos Clarosque Inceptos Somniavi, or “I also dreamed of grandiose and amazing adventures.”