A renaissance of Italian Terazzo
Enjoying stracciatella ice cream is obligatory during my trips to Italy. Chunks of crushed chocolate embedded in velvety, vanilla cream awaken the senses with their taste, texture and irregularity. After all, the Italian word "stracciare" means a temperamental tearing up a smooth entirety into pieces, which occurs not only in southern cuisine. Traces of the "stracciare" aesthetic tear-up can also be found in the terrazzo, which still covers the floors of Venetian palaces today. Chilled, like stracciatella ice cream, and fanciful, they are considered to be an exceptionally elegant and sophisticated solution. It was my choice to take a closer look at them...
Original terrazzo floors made of fine crumbs of marble
I wanted to modernise an Italian classic. That was why I have slightly changed its proportions and used larger pieces of a precious stone. Their arrangement is no longer so dense, thanks to which they create a clear, dynamic structure. I have drawn up four colour variations such as beige, grey, graphite and blue. The warmer ones bring stracciatella ice cream or Italian coffee macchiato to mind. The cooler ones look like a Mediterranean rocky beach. Anna Janik-Cieśla, designer TU_collective
Play of lights between the precious marble and the matt base
The Macchia collection, inspired by Venetian terrazzo, attracts the eye with its ingenious glaze finish. The stone pattern is very natural in its texture, and intriguing at the same time. The smoothly polished surface of the pebbles cuts luminously from the deep matt. The Blue and Graphite have a stronger nature, achieved by a greater contrast between the pieces of stone and the matt base. The Beige and Grey are a bit softer. The base colours are more muted and the mineral pieces blend into the background, making the tiles more homogeneous. The wall tiles are available in rectified sizes 33 x 90 cm. I have divided the floor porcelain into versatile 60 x 60 cm squares. Katarzyna Madalińska, architect TU_Kolektyw
We work as a team, which consists of people with backgrounds in classical, applied, and industrial design as well as architecture. Together we look for solutions, that best reflect the atmosphere of our inspirations. Meet the authors of the Macchia collection: Anna Janik-Cieśla, the designer; Katarzyna Madalińska, the architect.