From the rub­ble

Ter­razzo takes the floor, writes Robyn Wil­lis

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For a ma­te­rial cre­ated to use up bits of mar­ble rub­ble, ter­razzo sure has come a long way in the style stakes. In­vented by the Vene­tians about 500 years ago when work­ers used left­over bits of stone to lay on their own ter­race floors, it has be­come sought af­ter over the years for any­one look­ing for a ma­te­rial that is both ro­bust and tex­tu­ral.

Pop­u­lar in the 1970s, it be­came more associated with public spa­ces and in­dus­trial en­vi­ron­ments, thanks to its hard-wear­ing qual­i­ties.

Along with con­crete, it has once again be­come a pop­u­lar choice for floor­ing thanks to tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion that has broad­ened the range of colours avail­able and its abil­ity to take the rough and tum­ble while main­tain­ing its good looks.

In re­cent years, ter­razzo’s ap­pli­ca­tions have gone be­yond the tra­di­tional poured floor. Ter­razzo-look tiles laid on a con­crete slab have be­come an op­tion while ev­ery­thing from pots and mir­ror stands to stools and side ta­bles have flooded onto the mar­ket.

Nat­u­ral se­lec­tion

If you’re su­per keen on ter­razzo, , go all the way with a cus­tom-made e poured floor in the colours of your choice. ce.

For those who would pre­fer a lit­tle more re­straint, this ma­te­rial is per­fect for wet ar­eas such as bath­rooms, s, where it has the abil­ity to be washed shed down as well as open-plan liv­ing g ar­eas where you’re look­ing for a stronger con­nec­tion to the out­doors.

In­deed, the beauty of ter­razzo o is that it can of­ten do ser­vice in both in­door and out­door en­vi­ron­ments, nts, blur­ring the mar­gins be­tween in­ter­nal nter­nal and ex­ter­nal spa­ces.

While it can be ex­pen­sive for larger pieces, such is its pop­u­lar­ity it is worth check­ing out re­tail­ers such as Tar­get and Kmart for smaller op­tions at a cheaper price.

Team it with other nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als like tim­ber for an earthy feel or add fab­rics like vel­vet and linen for a luxe look.

FLOOR SHOW Fi­bonacci Stone Storm ter­razzo, fi­bonac­ci­s­ $XXXX, fi­bonac­ci­s­

SIDE SHOW The Siena ter­razzo side table; SLABS by De­sign, is a solid ad­di­tion to the liv­ing area $590, slabs by­de­

GROW FOR IT Small ter­razzo orig­i­nal pot, 13cm high from Capra De­signs, $59, caprade­

BE SEATED The soft pink ter­razzo hour­glass stump stool is suit­able for in­door or out­door use, from Fen­ton & fen­ton, $350, fen­to­nand­fen­

SERVE’S UP These Ter­razzo dim­ple trays from Zakkia are an easy way to in­tro­duce ter­razzo $19 small, $89 large

MAGIC MIR­ROR Maison small mir­ror with ter­razzo base, 21.5cm high, from Tar­get, $10, tar­

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