It's been around for thousands of years, and it was super popular in and around the 70's. As things tend to do, it has made a massive comeback and we're not sorry about it.
Terazzo is a composite material made from small or large pieces of quartz, marble, glass and sometimes even metal. These pieces are combined with binders so it can be poured on site or precast into prefab products like floor / wall tiles, bench tops or even wall slabs. It is then sanded back to an obsessively smooth substrate which is complete with either a naturally matt or polished gloss finish.
We have seen terazzo traditionally used in commercial spaces as a cost effective solution to gain large scale impact. Today however, the product is not only being specified successfully in residential applications, but has inspired makers and shakers in the design world to create whole ranges of other interior products inspired by the perfectly imperfect surface design. Products including wall paper, small furniture pieces and home decor ranges are readily available in a 'terazzo look' finish everywhere we turn.
It is typically referenced in urban / industrial / modern spaces but the organic shapes and colours that rest within the composite are so varied, which makes it such an adaptable material regardless of the style you are trying to achieve. There are very subtle and refined terazzo options as well as bold and heroic and everything in between.
The variety of colours also lend to an eternity of complimentary colour schemes. The durability of the material also invites you to apply it to high traffic areas without the stress and upkeep.
The terazzo we refer to today is the output of a modern approach to a material that has been around for a long time. We can now think outside of the box and dictate scale, colour, and applications to create the terazzo of our dreams. Perhaps this may inspire your upcoming project.
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