The Terrazzo Project
The Terrazzo Project (TP) is a joint undertaking between two Switzerland-based Canadian designers Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard and Philippe-Albert Lefebvre. Born from a common interest in working with uncommon materials, TP investigates ways to use terrazzo for furniture and object design.
Terrazzo is a flooring material that first saw use in northern Italy in the 15th century. It consists of chips of surplus marble, quartz, granite, glass or other suitable material, which is mixed with a binder that is cementitious, chemical or a combination of both. It is cured, ground and polished by hand to a smooth surface. From Hollywood’s Walk of Fame to school staircases, terrazzo has been used for decades in buildings in America and Europe.
The first Terrazzo Project (TP) collection includes a table, a shelf, a suspended tube lamp, a stool, built from slim, sturdy and lightweight terrazzo pieces. TP uses a special terrazzo blend composed of glass fibers and steel mesh that allows for very thin profiles. Every piece is hand casted and hand polished in Italy; a feat of cutting edge craftsmanship. The terrazzo pieces are supported by simple powder coated tube structures, which are flat packed and easily assembled on the spot using only an Allen key.
TP Collection 01
TP Table 93
The massive 60mm terrazzo top of the TP Table 93 is made with a foam core allowing a low-weight construction. The frame is secured into position by a recess underneath the table top.
TP Shelf 16
The cutouts on each TP Shelf 16 lock them securely into place on the shelf structure. The shelves are reinforced with glass fibers allowing a slender, low weight and resistant profile.
TP Suspended Light 06
The lampshade of the TP Suspended Lamp 06 seems weighty from the front, yet has a light and elegant profile. It is suspended by a discreet system that uses deceptively thin cables.
The weight of the TP Stool 08 is reduced due to its foam core. The legs are simply press-fitted into the seat after they are assembled.