When we used to think of terrazzo, it was often in the context of public buildings – like offices, hospitals, museums or schools – that used the material for its hardiness, not its aesthetic appeal. A traditional process that originated in 15th-century Venice as a way of using up marble remnants, terazzo has been given a new lease of life as designers the world over are making it their own through beautiful interiors and covetable objects. You only need to do a quick Pinterest search to see that its applications are endless, with terrazzo-inspired art, clothing and accessories dominating our feed. As terrazzo was one of the 2017 trends we highlighted in our January issue of House and Leisure, we're continuing the conversation with a gallery of this versatile medium as it is being reimagined today.
First displayed at this year's Maison&Objet trade fair, the Collecta collection by Italian-born, Denmark-based designer Alberto Bellamoli offers a playful take on terrazzo, where coloured marble is used in a loose polka-dot pattern resulting in a quirky and fun effect.
Although there have been many attempts at using traditional terrazzo in a modern setting, we're inclined to think that none have done it quite as well as Max Lamb and Dzek for Maison Kitsuné's fourth Paris location, which opened in 2015. It is this stunning interior from which many a terrazzo obsession has stemmed.
Carly Jo Morgan
Powder pink is definitely having a moment and Los Angeles designer Carly Jo Morgan ticks off two trends in one in her Terrazzo collection, which features pink light fixtures and a bench accented with golden, zig-zagging snakes. For the monochrome lovers, she has also created black-and-white terrazzo tub chairs and counter tops with built-in plant pots.
From surface design and stools to lamps and coffee tables, this up-and-coming Danish designer embraces terrazzo in all of its guises. Jacob Egeberg's interestingly formed objects often appear more like art and explore shape, colour, line and scale.
The terrazzo technique is growing in the world of ceramics, as seen in the work of Barcelona designer Rosa Rubio. A recent project of hers, Objects number 10 through 13, consists of a series of textured, stackable vessels in white, blue and red.
The lobby-style Buena Onda sofa designed by Clémence Seilles of Stromboli Associates has a real '70s feel and is made using layers of dense foam as opposed to concrete. It's 'like a soft wave flowing on a monolithic block', say its makers, who love the material's subtle variations and the fact that every piece created is unique.
Photograph: Marc Cellier
Designed by film director Wes Anderson, Bar Luce in Milan is inspired by Italian interior design from the 1950s and '60s. Think pastel hues, dark wood panelling, glass details and – the pièce de résistance – a pink terrazzo floor.
Photo: Elena Braghieri
Chen Chen & Kai Williams
This practical take on the trend comes from the New York-based studio of artists Chen Chen & Kai Williams. Known for their minimalist product designs, this light is ultramodern with its perfectly round, oversized bulb and geometric base made out of candy-coloured terrazzo.