Collection by Zachary Edelson

A Look at Terrazzo in Modern Homes


While most people might associate terrazzo with old office buildings, the material has more noble origins: Venetian craftsmen would embed marble chips in a layer of clay, sealing the surface with goat's milk that would also preserve its marble appearance. Terrazzo became more popular with the advent of modern industrial grinders; modern architects now have access to a wide range of materials (glass, granite, porcelain, concrete, and more) that's embedded within a thin layer of epoxy. Good for its 'retro' look and durability, the ingenious spirit of its original craftsmen lives on these unconventional residential applications.

Prism-like wood and glass panels replace a musty conservatory in Dublin.
A new pantry wall in a teak wood veneer supplies all-but-invisible cabinet space with the help of touch-latch door...
The owners, a couple who work at home, clamored for more space with the new addition.
A 13-foot-long island in the kitchen, finished in the same white terrazzo as the floor, serves as an informal dining...
The mother takes up residence in the basement area, which enjoys access to the backyard garden where the children often...