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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Creative Collaboration Leads to Innovation

Pear talks to potential customers about furniture–how it can foster employee engagement, collaboration and innovation–but that wasn’t happening in their own space. So, the we decided that it was time to demonstrate just that. We invited senior management and all the in-house designers to be part of the design team, of which we became facilitator.


“Mark helped us to discover the potential in our space, and in ourselves. We’d been in the space for over ten years, and renovated multiple times, but realized that the space no longer met our needs. Our fourteen designers were located throughout the office, and couldn’t easily collaborate or learn from each other. And, our accounting and HR folks were located in open workstations in the busiest part of the office, which meant confidentiality wasn’t possible.”

John Robbins, the CEO of the Denver commercial furniture dealership Pear Workplace Solutions.


The first task was to give them a fresh perspective about the space and see its potential. We drew two simple diagrams– before and after–which showed space usage and circulation. The “after” diagram was quickly dubbed the “road map” by John, and it guided the design team in their efforts.

The “road map” moves the circulation to the exterior window wall and captures the view to the city. A large design studio and eleven collaboration spaces provide unique opportunities to exchange ideas. The space allows Pear to tell potential customers the story of how they work and collaborate. It also tells the story of how employee engagement and collaboration can lead to innovation. It demonstrates how “walking the talk” can lead to exciting spaces.

The cost effectiveness of the space isn’t dependent on materials or construction; it is the result of shaping space and using circulation as a dynamic design concept. The space, not finish material, impacts the viewer. Walking along the second level glass exterior wall is exhilarating and gives perspective to the city beyond. The remodel was not about putting things into the space, but about creating spaciousness by subtracting—clearing room to breathe.

Says John Robbins, “We learned that through an engaged group process we can create innovative solutions for ourselves and our clients. And by innovative, I mean people walk into our space and see transformation. They can see a different way to work and a better way to work.”