Italian designer Alberto Bellamoli has stepped up the growing trend towards terrazzo and unveiled housewares with colored marble stains. Terrazzo, which is made from marble scraps, has been used as a construction and surface material in buildings – most commonly floors – for centuries because of its durability.
Bellamoli’s interpretation of terrazzo is characterized by its large pieces of inlaid marble, rounded to look like dots. He used two different color combinations – a white base with marble patches in shades of green, and a darker base that is speckled with beige. The Collecta series includes candle holders as well as four bowls and two coffee tables in different sizes.
He tossed a large block of terrazzo and aged it for a month in the right conditions for humidity and temperature, almost like a handmade Italian salami. This is a truly Italian point of view – create furniture like you are cooking! He finished the process by hand and polished the parts to reveal the different patterns of the stones.