Terrazzo Lighting - Coming soon to Remodern
While modern terrazzo originated as an innovative way to use waste marble as a flooring material in 16th century Venice, today one of its most innovative interpretations is emerging from an experimental design studio in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.
Bentu represents the new face of design in China. Founded in 2012, the studio is characterised by Brutalist designs crafted from recycled concrete. However, its terrazzo collection adds a new decorative dimension to the brand’s aesthetic while continuing its exploration into the transformation of waste materials into well resolved and beautiful products.
Terrazzo’s distinctive, speckled appearance brings colour and texture to interiors. While some applications have seen the material climbing from floors to walls, Bentu’s collection represents a bold and individual way to introduce terrazzo accents to interior environments.
Bentu’s terrazzo lighting collection debuted at this year’s Milan Design Week. The designs are crafted using some of the waste materials that result from Foshan City’s prolific ceramics production. Through rigorous research, experimentation and advanced manufacturing techniques, Bentu has transformed the waste material into unique terrazzo lighting designs, thereby diverting it from landfill.
“China is in a rapid stage of economic development,” Bentu explains. “Everyday there are buildings going up and coming down and there is so much waste from demolition. If we can take some of this waste and make use for it through creating products, we can make a difference to the environment and the world.”
A highlight of Bentu’s terrazzo lighting collection is the beautiful Planet pendant, which is inspired by one of the most striking features of the solar system. A slender terrazzo disc encircles a glass sphere, echoing the beauty and mystery of Saturn’s rings. The design is enhanced by elegant brass accents and is available in black, white, blue or red terrazzo.
The collection also includes the Tu pendant, which was featured in the Dulux Colour Forecast 2018 campaign. Tu brings a textured, modern twist to the classic bell-shaped design. It is available in red, white, black and blue and with a sleek brass coupling.
Bentu’s Bang pendant is another distinctive design in the collection. Its cylindrical form is crafted from black or white terrazzo and its slender profile means the pendants can be grouped together at various heights for a bold lighting feature, but its distinctive form also ensures it looks striking all on its own.
Bentu’s terrazzo lighting collection is a wonderful example of the studio’s unwavering commitment to experimentation and sustainable design. It shows terrazzo design in a whole new light.