Terrazzo Makes a Comeback

Terrazzo is a concrete-like material that takes its name from the town of Terrazzo, Italy. With roots in 15th Century marble mosaics and modern popularization in the 18th Century, it became a popular material in the United States in the 1920s, especially in parts of Los Angeles near the CAUSEBOX headquarters. Terrazzo is also the source of inspiration that Australian artist Kristine Lubinski turned to for the design of the Travel Wallet in your Fall Box—and we can’t get over how beautiful it is.

A magical combination of mosaic and polished concrete, terrazzo is made by throwing pieces of marble or similar pearlescent fine aggregates like mother of pearl or abalone shell. Skilled makers then polish the dried stone and apply resin to create a shiny final product that has a distinctive Mediterranean flair that is often associated with the art deco era of Hollywood.

We love the art deco architecture that surrounds our offices, and terrazzo patterns are making a big comeback this summer! Kristine Lubinski designed the pattern for the Glass Ladder & Co Travel Wallet, taking color and texture cues from timeless terrazzo tiles and their international, summery feel.

From the Hollywood Walk of Fame to the Guggenheim Museum, terrazzo has an illustrious place in architectural history. The mosaic-inspired pattern on the Passport Wallet is the latest in a long line of traditional techniques that really break the mold.

John is the managing editor at CAUSEBOX and a traveling writer who lives on the road with his dog, Hank.