best of: on trend: terrazzo.
by victoria comment

10/23/17

terrazzo tables photographed by Olmo Peeters at house DOMA. / sfgirlbybay

i keep seeing terrazzo everywhere, and especially all over in europe — cafe tables were covered in it, and we discovered it beneath our feet on several occasions. terrazzo is a material consisting of chips of marble or granite set in concrete and polished to give a smooth surface, created by Venetian construction workers as an affordable flooring material to surface the patios around their living quarters. it became popular again in the 1950-60’s when modernist architects began using terrazzo in their designs and now, i’m seeing it everywhere again. i like it — it’s got a cool, italian vibe, and it’s also kind of playful and whimsical, perhaps because it looks a little bit like confetti. makes sense then that it’s also showing up in products lately, too — everything from iphone cases to shower curtains and pencils. terrazzo is definitely having its moment.

entryway with terrazzo floors. / sfgirlbybaycolorful terrazzo floors. / sfgirlbybaymodern room with terrazzo floors. / sfgirlbybayterrazzo tables. / sfgirlbybayterrazzo dishware. / sfgirlbybyterrazzo vase. / sfgirlbybayterrazzo stairs. / sfgirlbybayterrazzo backsplash. / sfgirlbybayTerrazzo print clutch. / sfgirlbybayterrazzo shower curtain. / sfgirlbybayshop with terrazzo walls and floors. / sfgirlbybayterrazzo iphone cover and vanity. / sfgirlbybayTerrazzo print throw pillows and pencils. / sfgirlbybayterrazzo bathroom walls. / sfgirlbybayterrazzo walls and dishware. / sfgirlbybayTerrazzo walls and steps. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: photo by olmo peeter of House DOMA designed by Nachman Kaplansky, renovation by MJVanHee architecten and MADE architects; interior junkie; bing bang nyc; skinny laminx; modern times coffee table; urban outfitters terrazzo shower curtain; Terrazzo Marble table, France, circa 1960 from 1st dibs; okdesign’s ‘confetti’ terrazzo boards; Marmoreal engineered marble, designed by British designer Max Lamb via miss moss; divisare; @ad_spain; white terrazzo Ipad cover by Woouf; urban outfitters terrazzo shower curtain; max lamb designed marmoreal via dzek; terrazzo iphone case; max lamb designed marmoreal via dzek; ferm living pillows; hay market pencils; max lamb designed marmoreal via dzek; maker and brothers max lamb marmoreal cheese board; more of max lamb’s marmoreal from dzek.

6 responses to “best of: on trend: terrazzo.”

  1. It’s beautiful. A little bit of odd trivia about this, though: From where I grew up (the Philippines) this finish is commonly called “crazy cut”, and I’ve heard the grownups say it’s “bad luck” to have in the house. I suppose it’s because of all the broken pieces. It’s a superstitious thing to not keep anything that’s broken where one lives. I’m glad I’m not superstitious because terazzo is too pretty to skip.

  2. I recently purchased a classic mid century modern ranch style house in New Orleans (of all places!). Believe it or not, the previous owner ceramic tiled over the terrazzo! I was so surprised to discover the terrazzo in all the closets- who would do such a thing? Why? Demolition begins next week by removing the tile and restoring the terrazzo!
    Wish me well!

    • nice!! that sounds beautiful. you should watch Mandy Moore’s Instagram stories – she’s restoring a mid-century modern home in L.A. and just put in Terrazzo floors. They look amazing!

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