Swiss design initiative Terrazzo Project explores the possibilities of this traditional composite material, which is commonly used in flooring. At Milan Design Week 2014, they showed an exciting installation made from slabs of their new lightweight reinforced TP Panels.
The panels are made by casting the resin, cement and stone mixture onto corrugated aluminium sheets; layering the material in this way creates a slab that is stronger, yet 50% lighter than conventional terrazzo slabs. Demonstrating the abilities of the innovative material, Terrazzo Project showed an installation where the slabs were used to create a seemingly fragile structure – mimicking a house made from playing cards.
Unusual composites are becoming prevalent in design, particularly as designers look for lighter and more practical materials. See Composite: Smart Mixes and the A/W 15-16 Design Direction Intervene for more inspiration.
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