Sometimes they come back: “terrazzo veneziano” is the new trend!

by Valentina Ieva

The history of the so-called 'terrazzo veneziano' dates back to Greece and the ancient Rome, but became famous in the Venice of the 15th century, where a kind of mosaic flooring became largely widespread. It was obtained from the rejects of other works and showed stones of various kind, mixed and bound with cobblestone lime, granolithic concrete and cement.


The flooring is made up of a granular structure of marble and stones with a 40 mm diameter and cobblestone (or cement) lime mixed with fine granolithic concrete and cocciopesto with a diameter up to 5 mm as binder.


In the 19th century a bigger grain with an irregular-tessera bording was used. At the beginning of the 20th century, the experts began to use a finer grain, regular-tessera bordings and Art Nouveau style motifs.

Such a material became then obsolete, maybe due to its chromatic disorder which went out of fashion.


Now the terrazzo veneziano is experiencing a surprising revival on a large scale, above all because it is not only used as a flooring material, but, thanks to its texture, it inspires more and more surfaces, fittings and furniture.


What is terrazzo veneziano?

Terrazzo is a composite material made by mixing marble, granite, quartz or glass chips into a cement or epoxy binder. The chips are mixed with an epoxy or cement base in order to give strength and flexibility to the material.


Here a small review of the projects!

Peter’s House by Studio David Thulstrup

History Repeating by Marcante-Testa | UdA Architetti

Repossi Place Vendome by OMA - Office for Metropolitan Architecture

HIDDEN TINTS by NOTE Design Studio

Odette by Universal Design Studio


Middletown Café by Studio Tate

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  • Valentina Ieva


    Bari / Italy

    Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al cuore di natura elettrica’!)


Peter’s House

Copenhagen / Denmark / 2015


History Repeating

Turin / Italy / 2017


Repossi Place Vendome

Paris / France / 2016



Stockholm / Sweden / 2017



Singapore / Singapore / 2015



Brussels / Belgium


Middletown Café

Melbourne / Australia / 2016