The Next Big Thing: Terrazzo

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  • Designers are using this confetti-effect surface to bring colour to everyday homeware

    The story so far

    Often used as flooring, terrazzo is a budget-friendly alternative to marble and can be found adorning many a train station and shopping-centre floor. It’s created using offcuts of natural elements, such as marble, stone or glass, which are set into concrete that is then sanded

    and polished to create its shiny, fragmented effect. Previously a feature of the Eighties’ recently revived Memphis Movement, terrazzo’s flecked finish is now used by designers to fall in with the current trend for coloured stone.

    Go for a striking look with a wall-to-wall mural of this colourful composite

    Holy Granite wallpaper, from £31 per sq m, Nothing Can Go Wrng range, Photowall

    Where we’ve seen it

    By using a blend of recycled materials, the terrazzo finish is being mimicked to create colourful and highly durable surfaces – Smile Plastics reuses items such as yoghurt pots to create speckled surfaces, which can be seen in kitchens, bathrooms, furniture and even shelving. Kangan Arora’s Radium collection has been inspired by vinyl offcuts used to decorate trucks in India, resulting in a fragmented layer design used on home textiles.

    From junk to chic – made from re-usable items to create terrazzo effect surfaces

    Charcoal sheet, Smile Plastics

    Falling fragments – Make your sofa stand out with this talking-point design

    Radium Forest cushion, £69, Kangan Arora

    Pencil it in – Jazz up a dull desk area with pattern-popping pencils

    Terrazzo pencil, £2, Hay range, The Goodhood Store

    Noted design – Stimulate creativity with colourful stationery

    Le Terrazzo notebook, £9.50, Haykin

    Bespoke surfaces -stunning marble mix made by design

    Marmoreal by Max Lamb for Dzek, made for a London apartment

    Set in stone – Bring in the trend with a bold basin

    Confetti Terrazzo washbasin 40, £149, Pegase range, Tikamoon

    Latest releases

    The Swedish design duo that makes up Fish and Pink were inspired to create their range of tables while waiting for a train – they wanted to transpose terrazzo from the station’s floor onto furniture designs and revisit the traditional terrazzo-making process. See newcomer Olivia Aspinall’s take, which features bold chip and prime-matter surfaces, tables and wallpaper. Sevak Zargarian’s Unearthed designs consist of hand-made, coloured porcelain chips, which are then added to more clay, moulded, sanded and polished to reveal a random pattern.

    Terrazzo top – Choose from a range of colourful bases

    Confetti coffee table with grey base, £721, Fish and Pink range, Crowdy House

    Made by hand – the fragments are pieces of porcelain –

    Unearthed Interiors series, Sevak Zargarian

    Serve up in style -create a simple centerpiece

    Terrazzo serving trays, Serax

    Clever combo – Made of Jemonite and then pigmented with
    coal. The material is then cast and sanded back to reveal the pattern.

    Prime Matter collection, Olivia Aspinall Studio

    Fragmented light – a modern update on a traditional style

    Terrazzo table lamp, £85, Oliver Bonas

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