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Bonaldo: Fragment and Terrazzo Veneziano

Posted in Furniture, Bonaldo on Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Tags: Alain Gilles | Bonaldo | coffee tables | design | Fragment | Italian design | Italian tradition | Made in Italy | new 2018 | Terrazzo Veneziano

Perfect imperfection: traditional Terrazzo Veneziano is brought back to life in the Fragment coffee tables by Bonaldo.

A timeless classic, like a work of art. Terrazzo veneziano, an iconic texture with a long Italian tradition, has been given a new lease of life in the brand new collection of Fragment coffee tables designed by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo. A combination of irregular elements, coloured grits and abstract patterns that are typically found in a material that brings to mind memories of the splendour of Venetian Palazzos.

Indeed, Alain Gilles was inspired by the charming irregular texture achieved through a long and difficult working process resulting from impeccable tailoring, attention to detail and passion: chips of marble, a mixture of different-coloured granules and fragments covers a layer of cement (neutral or coloured) which is cured in a steel mould and subsequently polished smooth.

It is this particularly elaborate process which makes terrazzo veneziano so fine: it takes two days of work to make one coffee table top. And that's not all: this material is one of the first examples of 'creative recycling' in history: it is a unique and romantic way to offer a fresh lease of life to these fragments, unusable waste materials, and make them precious. 

The origins of terrazzo veneziano date back to ancient Greece but, thanks to the Romans, it spread across Italy. The name, on the other hand, refers to the period of utmost splendour of Venice during the Italian Renaissance.

The flooring of the palazzos in the area of Venice and the Triveneto region in the 1500s is just one of the many testimonies to its durability, a popular material used by entire generations which today is undergoing its own genuine renaissance.

You can find more information about Fragment in the press release.