In a year filled with constant change, growth & adversity, social networks have maintained a consistent medium for connecting and inspiring. Our Instagram Channel will continue to be a place designed for inspiration & collaboration, and we are thankful for those who have continued to trust us with our content and stay involved in our community. We are thrilled to present to you our Top 10 Images of 2020!
We are excited to announce the promotion of Cameo Morningstar to East Coast Sales Manager of our Terrazzo Division at Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies. Cameo spent 12 years in Building-Materials & Specification sales in New York City before coming on board as an A&D Sales Representative at T&M in 2016. Through a connection within the architectural community, Cameo met with David Laudadio to discuss the open A&D Sales position and the rest was history, she immediately fell in love with the product, the company, and the industry.
“I owe a huge debt of gratitude to David Laudadio for his mentorship over the last 4 years. He is the reason I fell in love with terrazzo and the reason that I have learned so much. I really cannot thank him enough for shepherding me into this industry the way he has. We are lucky to have the best team of people here at T&M! I guess you could say that Terrazzo hooked me but the culture here at T&M is what really sold me. There is nothing better than finding a job you love and then on top of that getting to work with people who inspire, motivate, work hard, and are also a lot of fun to be around.” Says Cameo.
Cameo’s biggest success tip is to always provide value to your clients so they can, in return, provide value to their clients. Educating them on different systems, anticipating their questions and needs ahead of time, and providing them with all the tools they need to write their specification are just a few of her favorites. Cameo is very thankful for this amazing opportunity and wants nothing but the best for her sales team & customers and is ready to put in the hard work to make all these great things happen.
Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies is excited to introduce our newest member of the team, Kevin Hall. Kevin will be assisting you and the industry in the role of Technical Field Representative, servicing our entire line of Terroxy products. Kevin will be working with our technical team on product performance and maintenance along with traveling to various job sites, tradeshows & seminars.
Kevin is a 3rd generation Terrazzo & Tile mechanic and started out at the age of 13 gaining his first experience working weekends and summers with his Dad & Uncles. After serving as an Honor Grad Sniper in the United States Army, he went back to work at the same company as his Dad, Uncles & Cousins, eventually becoming the company’s youngest estimator at age 25. Since then, Kevin has worn many hats covering all aspects of this amazing industry, that he deeply loves, providing him with a unique perspective and relatability to each role. Including owner, project manager, foreman, field mechanic, grinder, and A&D sales representative.
In addition to his passion for terrazzo, Kevin enjoys music, attending concerts, and playing guitar. Other hobbies include working within different medians creating art and spending time with his four amazing children and his very first grandchild. We are excited to welcome Kevin aboard and are looking forward to his knowledge and experience within the industry.
The emerging trend of Biophilic design is here to stay. The term Biophilia, is defined as “a desire or tendency to commune with nature.” Essentially, this design initiative acknowledges and redefines how to incorporate nature and organic elements within our indoor environments. Research has shown that our surroundings can greatly affect our mood, stress level and our overall health. In order to successfully achieve this concept, it’s imperative to know the characteristics that make this trend come to life.
An important element that contributes to Biophilic design is the integration of natural materials. Terrazzo is a recycled flooring system dated back from 500 years ago, that can be made up of glass, granite and quartz, porcelain or marble. Its known for sustainability and performance within high traffic areas and no limitations in design opportunities.
At Terrazzo & Marble, we’ve had the opportunity to be apart of this innovative trend across various commercial sectors. For Biophilic design inspiration in Hospitality, Multi-family and Office space, view our featured projects below.
Terrazzo in Hospitality
The Fairlane Hotel located in Nashville’s trendy Business and Arts District illustrates Biophilic influence by incorporating interior plants, natural light and Terrazzo. New York based designers,Reunion, created an invigorating space and memorable experience for guests.
Direct and indirect exposure to nature / Varying height & randomness
Exposure to natural lighting / Dynamic and diffuse light
Terrazzo in Multi-family
Terrazzo in Office Buildings
Designing workspaces can be quite different from hospitality. SmokeTree Tower located in Raleigh, NC open lobby encourages employees to connect with nature and commune with coworkers. During the workweek, as many spend majority of their time indoors, creating an enticing space to stay energized and motivated is desired.
Ambius research states that “subtle, sensory aspects of your office, such as plants, can help you to attract and retain the very best clients and employees. They can also have a significant impact on the perception, collective well-being, productivity and therefore profitability of your operation.”
Our brand, Terroxy is the premier flooring system to achieve Biophilic Design. Terroxy Resin Systems is UL Greenguard Gold Certified for. (Terroxy Resin Systems Brochure) Contact us to receive terrazzo samples for your next Biophilic inspired project at email@example.com!
Sources: “Hotels are embracing biophilic design,” Zack Sterkenberg, Nov 27, 2017, accessed May 25,2020
“Office Design Services,” Ambius, accessed May 25,2020
White has historically been a very important color in architecture. It has the ability to exhibit darks, lights, and shadows. White terrazzo is the perfect way to define a space in a beautiful and sophisticated manner. White is also timeless, so it doesn’t go in and out of style. White terrazzo accepts and embraces anything that you put next to it.
When selecting white terrazzo, designers often want the whitest and purest white. Designers can choose from crushed white marbles and glass. Marbles naturally have variation and veining, whereas white or crystal clear glass will be more consistent. Below is a comparison of some of the most popular white aggregates all cast into a white resin for a side-by-side comparison.
Polar White glass offers the whitest and purest white. Just like diamonds, you pay for this purity. The polar white glass is a premium material and will add a few dollars a square foot; however, you do gain 70% post-consumer recycled content.
A close second is Blanco Mexicano, in my opinion the best all-around choice. It’s the most consistent white marble, has a minimal cost, and also includes post-consumer recycled content.
Some designers may not want a bright white but rather an off white. If that’s the case, we’d encourage you to simply select a color from any paint manufacturer’s color fan deck, and we can match the resin and help you select a complementary aggregate mix.
Another thing to consider when specifying a white terrazzo floor is the floor finish. White floors will show black scuffs more than any other color. Scuff marks come from soft, low-quality sealers. This nominal coating can have a make-or-break effect on your white floor. Make sure to specify and reject any substitute sealers. For a sealed floor we recommend TRx coating. It’s a high-quality, durable, and hard coating that is certified high traction. Alternatively, you may consider specifying a high polish that removes the topical coating, such as Diamond Floor Enhancement. This provides a beautiful and easy-to-maintain floor finish that is also very scuff resistant.
Lastly, in today’s market it’s popular to specify brass divider strips with white terrazzo. It’s a great look! However, note it is possible for the brass strip to have an adverse reaction to water and cause a bluing along the strips. More on this in a separate post, but make sure to consult with your terrazzo rep for details.
Terrazzo & Marble’s White Collection encapsulates popular variations of white terrazzo. If you don’t find what you are looking for, please contact your local rep for custom samples.
Please enjoy some of our other favorite projects featuring white terrazzo.