TerrazzoIn a time where we are constantly bombarded with visuals, design needs to work harder to stand out from the crowd. In 2019, there is an increased focus on creating sensory and emotional responses through design – whether that be through bold colours, vibrant patterns or unusual textures. It’s no surprise then that we saw the first signs of Terrazzo making its way into homes this year. The hardwearing material is being used on everything from flooring to kitchen surfaces and shows no sign of losing popularity throughout 2019. Pinterest pins with the term “terrazzo” are up by more than 300% on last year.
What is terrazzo?Terrazzo is a composite material, consisting of marble, glass, granite or even wood, set in cement or resin. Originally from Italy, terrazzo was used for floor and wall treatments, but due to the endless possibilities of colour, pattern and finish, it has become a popular material used in other areas of the home too. Despite this sudden surge in popularity, terrazzo has actually been around for years – centuries in fact. Originating in 15th-century Italy, it was used for flooring in grand palazzos. Many may recognise it from the 1970s where it was often used on the floors of school and train stations. Now the composite material has been given a new lease of life.
Why is terrazzo making a comeback?Coined as the new marble, Terrazzo is now frequently used for kitchen countertops thanks to its hardwearing properties. Terrazzo is made with chips of marble, quartz, granite and even glass set into concrete or clay. The chips come in many sizes and colour combinations – from monochrome patterns to vibrant colours allowing for a myriad of design possibilities. This wide variety of options means it can be incorporated into almost any style of home, from pastel-hued bathrooms to sleek, monochrome kitchens. Its beauty is also anything but skin deep – the pattern goes all the way down, so it can be scuffed for centuries and still repolished to rescue its original beauty. While the base is usually made from concrete (not a material typically considered to be good for the environment) the rest can be up to 80% recycled material. Recycled plastics and resins in a spectrum of colours are often used for the flecks as well as waste collected from the stone and marble industries.
How can you use terrazzo in your home?Terrazzo is most commonly used for kitchen top or bathroom surfaces, adding a quirky, colourful feel to a space. If you’re not quite committed to the idea of terrazzo for your surfaces, introduce it through soft furnishings and home accessories instead. Little touches of terrazzo add personality and pops of colour, breaking up monochrome colour schemes in a subtle way. Our ever popular Bristol range is available in a white terrazzo finish, and the Terrazzo candle by Tom Dixon makes for the perfect gift. Similarly, the Mini Cut cushions by Ferm Living are an easy way to introduce the trend to your home.
Mid-Century Italian DesignThe new year is a time to set goals, make resolutions and set our sights on the future. But one of the key interior trends for 2019 is all about looking back. Our love of mid-century design has been prevalent for many years, but 2019 will see us looking to a different mid-century movement for inspiration – the classic luxury of 50s and 60s Italian design. The trend is all about embracing and reinventing the highly stylised design movements of the mid-20th century and incorporating them into the luxurious interiors of today.
The Hepburn sofa
What does mid-century Italian design look like?Many will be familiar with the work of Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, and Eero Sarinen who are closely associated with iconic design from the 50s and 60s. They placed an emphasis on function and form, with a simple and uncomplicated aesthetic. In comparison, mid-century Italian furniture is known for its beautiful colours, fine craftsmanship and luxurious materials. Shapes are often simple but have a feeling of old world elegance about them. This look has been updated for the modern day – 1960s inspired colour clashes are encouraged with burnt red, peach, hazelnut and navy acting as the main hues. Dark walls form a dramatic backdrop to these sophisticated colour combinations. Materials are on the dark side too with a preference for walnut over oak as well as green and brown toned marble as an alternative to traditional white.
Why is it making a comeback?For many years, Scandinavia has been the place to look for cutting-edge interior design. But with people now looking to express their individuality through different avenues, the home is seeing a shift from bright whites to moody hues, from simple materials to more luxe styles. The exaggerated curves and luxurious finishes of mid-century Italian design has been given new life, creating clean and modern spaces that are also moody and immersive. Dubbed the new minimalism, it’s easy to see the appeal.
How can you get mid-century Italian style in your home?The key to this trend is to opt for designs that have an almost sculpture-like quality. Clean lines, elegant shapes and luxurious finishes create the sophisticated, elegant aesthetic synonymous with mid-century Italian design. The Clay Round Table by Desalto was designed by prominent Milan designer, Marc Krusin. Each piece is hand finished with lava from Mount Etna using only a pallet knife. The circular top of the table balances, precariously, on top of a conical base adding a feel of refined drama. The Disc Side Table features a dark green or brown marble top, as opposed to traditional white, making it an incredibly chic option for homes looking to channel the trend.
The Clay Round table is finished with lava from Mount Etna