Terrazzo Project Collection 01 by Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard & Philippe-Albert Lefebvre
by Harry / April 16, 2012
From Terrazzo Project, a furniture collection made with an unconventional material, terrazzo, a flooring product.


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The Terrazzo Project is a joint undertaking between two Switzerland-based Canadian designers Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard and Philippe-Albert Lefebvre with a common interest in working with uncommon materials. The Terrazzo Project investigates ways to use terrazzo for furniture and object design.

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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.

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.

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The first Terrazzo Project collection includes a table, a shelf, a suspended tube lamp, a stool, built from slim, sturdy and lightweight terrazzo pieces.

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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.

Terrazzo Project (TP) uses a special terrazzo blend composed of glass fibers and steel mesh that allows for very thin profiles. Say Halmaï-Voisard and Lefebvre, "Every piece is hand cast and hand polished in Italy; a feat of cutting edge craftsmanship."

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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.

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.

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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.

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Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard & Philippe-Albert Lefebvre

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