Is This the New Carrara Marble?
We bet you this pattern was an integral part of your surroundings growing up—maybe it was used as flooring in your elementary school cafeteria, or perhaps your über-cool grandma’s split-level was filled with the stuff. If you’re anything like us, you get a little warm and fuzzy when you started seeing this material pop up on Pinterest, in design magazines, and in restaurants in recent months. Terrazzo has been around for centuries, and its recent resurgence got us thinking: Could it become as popular as the iconic Carrara marble? Keep reading to see our favorite ways to bring back the terrazzo finish.
Terrazzo (Italian for “terrace”) has an interesting origin rooted in the 15th century. Venetian marble-workers who were unable to afford real marble for their own floors created the mosaic texture by mixing discarded pieces of marble with clay.
While the material widely went out of fashion in the late 1970s, it remained a material of choice among minimal contemporary enthusiasts. See where we’re going with this? Minimalism has made a huge comeback in the past year, not only in the fashion world but also in interiors. And so terrazzo made a surprising comeback, tagging along on the minimalist bandwagon.
Today, the material is not only used with marble but also with granite and quartz. It is usually set in epoxy resin, as opposed to clay. This results in a wider array of colors, shapes, and sizes.
We’re seeing a greater variety in its appearance and applications, from pastel countertops to lampshades and fabric patterns—and this is only the beginning.
The floor in this dramatically minimal space is made out of larger pieces of marble, resulting in a bigger mosaic effect. The lacquered polish adds a dash of elegance and timelessness to the space.
Named one of the 40 best living rooms by Vogue, this 17th-century château in Arles—home of Maja Hoffmann—features dramatic terrazzo flooring offset by midcentury Jean Prouvé chairs and contemporary photographs.
In the Bordeaux home of French collector Arnaud Caffort, the terrazzo is arranged in a dramatic grecian mosaic. Again, the ornate architecture is juxtaposed with modern pieces, a staple of European design.
Kathy Kuo Home Rajasthan Global Bazaar Terrazzo Stone Round Coffee Table ($3748)