Foresso creates timber terrazzo using recycled materials - architecture and design

Foresso creates timber terrazzo using recycled materials



London-based surfaces manufacturer Foresso uses timber offcuts and plaster waste to produce this terrazzo-like sheet material, which retains the character of woodgrain.
Foresso was established by designer Conor Taylor as a reaction against the culture of disposable interiors and the waste produced by typical manufacturing processes.
The composite sheet material combines wood waste, cement, plaster waste, resin and pigment to create a decorative and hard-wearing binding material that is cast onto a birch plywood substrate.

Taylor was inspired by the history of terrazzo, which was used as a way to repurpose leftover marble during the construction of Venice's palazzos in the 15th century.
The designer was working in a south London carpentry shop when he had the idea to reuse timber offcuts and waste in a way that celebrates the variety and beauty of woodgrain.
Foresso is made using pre-consumer timber waste that is deemed unsuitable for joinery due to splits, knots or odd sizing.
The company sources this material from local sawmills and uses it instead of stone to give the binding material a distinctive warm, textural detail.
The wood is combined with planing shavings from the sawmill and plaster from a nearby bronze foundry, which is processed so it can be used to create a durable binding material for the terrazzo.

"We see waste as raw materials rather than something to be discarded, and we are deeply committed to reducing our ecological impact," Foresso claimed....
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