Standing and looking at the floor is often seen as a negative trait. Instead we’re told to look up and enjoy the beauty surrounding us. But when that beauty is actually on the floor itself, things are a little different…
We’re not just talking about your general carpets and laminates. We’re talking about some of the most beautiful floors in the world. So, whilst the country is in lockdown and we can’t travel and explore beautiful new places, we thought we’d share with you some of the world’s most famous floors and take you on a trip of your own…
Despite influential Victorian critic John Ruskin describing this floor as ‘every way absurd’ and ‘overcut and overstriped’, it hasn’t stopped it becoming a work of art. The floor was designed by a variety of 14th to 16th century artists and is covered from view for the majority of the year and cannot be walked on. Instead, it must be looked down on from a higher floor in order for it to be able to tell its whole story. This floor is an immense work of mosaics, consisting of 56 panels that cover a whopping 14,000 square feet.
Made famous by the movie ‘Big’, this is perhaps one of the most entertaining floors in the world. The ‘Walking Piano’, is situated in the Macy’s store in New York City, and is a huge hit with customers of all ages. This unique, and incredibly large musical floor was made by Remo Saraceni and was first installed in FAO Schwarz in NYC in 1982. The piano was designed to combine dance, music and play and it certainly does just that.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
We couldn’t look at some of the world’s most famous floors and not include the internationally recognised Hollywood icon of the Walk of Fame now could we? First introduced in 1958, this landmark stretches over a mile and is made up of 2500 star-shaped pink terrazzo sidewalk paving stones. They certainly need to be a durable material due to the extreme amount of footfall received!
Heydar Aliyev Centre
When it comes to flooring, design is important, and it’s essential that this design suits the rest of the environment it’s in. Well the ambitious designer of this building, Zaha Hadid, took things one step further and instead combined the floor with the ceiling, so it looks like one continuous movement. The building is located in Baku in Azerbaijan and took 5 years to construct.
If you want to see some of our very own famous flooring then be sure to check out our blog ‘Five Places You May Have Spotted Our Floors in Manchester’!