Why Choose Terrazzo?

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Terrazzo flooring has been around for hundreds of years.  Created by Venetian construction workers in the 15th century as a way to re-purpose pieces of chipped marble, it became a popular method for finishing the floors of terraces, and hence the name Terrazzo.  Popularity of this material expanded throughout Europe and the North America and the material was used in a wide variety of applications in building design and interiors.  Popular again, terrazzo has been re-discovered by Architects and Designers as a cost effective solution with great design potential.  Its popularity springs from an unlimited palette of color and pattern, long term durability and ease of maintenance.

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Variety & Aesthetics

Terrazzo comes in a variety of colors and textures, and this makes the material a great complement to any style or design concept.  Want a more minimal look?  Use a neutral terrazzo.  Want a modern look?  Pick a terrazzo that is colorful and fun.  Terrazzo can be finished with a shine, or used in a more natural, textural finish as well.  This product can be used for flooring, counters, shower stalls, and furniture, so the world really is your oyster when it comes to using this material in your design.  It’s a great design solution in both residential and commercial environments.

 

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Durability

Terrazzo is one of the strongest materials you can use, and it often outlasts the life of an entire building!  This is why it is commonly used in floors and even in high-traffic areas, terrazzo will withstand wear and tear for years to come.  Installed over a stable substrate, terrazzo can be applied and finished in a layer of just 3/8″ of an inch.

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Eco-Friendly & Clean

Terrazzo is non-porous, so water will not soak into it.  The chance for micro-bacterial growth is slim, so harsh chemicals aren’t required to clean the surface.  This is better for you and for sustainable environments!
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Low Maintenance

Typically sealed with an epoxy layer, the material is completely non-porous.  Grout is not part of the makeup of terrazzo, so there are no cracks for dirt to accumulate in.  Therefore, cleaning this material is easy.  Terrazzo is widely used in airports as a tried and true flooring solution.  At Denver International Airport, the floors of the Great Hall are finished terrazzo, and bronze inlays provide a playful tribute to prehistoric creatures that once roamed that part of the earth.  Choose terrazzo for your next project.

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Brand Design: Creating an Iconic Brand for a Fashion Start-Up

Barbara Gallagher’s business career has spanned multiple industries from Health Care to Manufacturing, and been fueled by a lifetime commitment to learning; and a mid-career MBA.  Always the organizer and people person, she’s taken start-up companies from zero to fully operational business units with systems for finance, staffing, and marketing.  But, throughout her life, her secret passion has always been Fashion Design.
Recently, Barbara was confronted with a diagnosis of breast cancer, and she tackled it as she does all things; head on, and like another project.  But, the experience caused her to reconsider life, and she realized that it was time to pursue the career she had long imagined for herself; Fashion Designer.
Armed with talent, ambition, and the passion of an artisan, Barbara realized that she needed a brand; one that could become an iconic statement about her company.  She asked McPherson Architecture to help and the process began with a conversation about her business, of which Barbara writes,
“In our modern world of mass production, we’re all meant to look alike; and the art, passion and care that goes into creating luxurious, fine women’s clothing has often been lost.  And with that, we also lost a significant piece of what is meaningful about the way we express ourselves.  Our experiences, relationships, and approach to life all contribute to the outcome of who we are.  Each interaction represents its own color, weave, and pattern, and contributes collectively to the essence of who we are.  When my garments are worn, I want them to be seen as an extension of the woman wearing them, and the essence of her true potential.”
With that inspiration, the McPherson Architecture team looked to Barb’s designs and saw garments which were both classic and forward thinking, and most significantly, they had a sense of movement.  Then the brand came to life with classic colors and an arc that glides through the logo to convey movement.  A favorite shade of red became the centerpiece of the logo, and warm greys form an elegant background.  But, the real test of a brand comes when it’s applied to a variety of media; business cards, marketing materials, website, and in this case, garment labels.
A successful brand looks comfortable and not forced, regardless of application and reinforces the business concept.  Whether printed, online or embroidered on garment tags, the BGM Couture logo holds its own because of its simplicity and style.  “I love my logo and it definitely describes who I am and what the brand is about,” relates Barbara.  “It has been well received by a clientele that desires and appreciates one-of-a-kind design, quality workmanship and the finest fabrics.”

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Visit Barbara’s website at bgmcouture.com