From the rubble
Terrazzo takes the floor, writes Robyn Willis
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.
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, fibonaccistone.com.au. $XXXX, fibonaccistone.com.au
SIDE SHOW The Siena terrazzo side table; SLABS by Design, is a solid addition to the living area $590, slabs bydesign.com.au
GROW FOR IT Small terrazzo original pot, 13cm high from Capra Designs, $59, capradesigns.com.au
BE SEATED The soft pink terrazzo hourglass stump stool is suitable for indoor or outdoor use, from Fenton & fenton, $350, fentonandfenton.com.au
SERVE’S UP These Terrazzo dimple trays from Zakkia are an easy way to introduce terrazzo $19 small, $89 large zakkia.com.au
MAGIC MIRROR Maison small mirror with terrazzo base, 21.5cm high, from Target, $10, target.com.au