The modern form of terrazzo ("terrace" in Italian) has its roots in Venice, Italy from around 1500. It is mainly seen in decorative flooring and consists of a mixture of various colored chips bonded by colored cement or (most often today) colored epoxy resin. The chips can be of marble, granite, glass, shell, quartz or even plastic. Different colored sections of the pattern are typically separated by strips of metal (aluminum, brass, and zinc are the most common), and filled by hand with the wet mixture. Once the mixture sets, it is ground smooth and polished. Up until the 1920's this process was done by hand - an extremely laborious process!

The National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association was organized in 1923 and electric grinders were introduced in 1924. These advances in the industry and faster installation methods increased the popularity of cementitious terrazzo during the Art Deco period, where it was often used in large institutional settings. The photos below are just a few we've collected over the years from commercial and governmental settings around the Minneapolis & Saint Paul area. 
Contemporary terrazzo continues to be used often in commercial and institutional settings, where it is prized for its durability. Over the past 30 to 40 years the development of public art commission programs has created opportunities for artists to use and expand the creative potential of the medium. The photos below are from just a few of the terrazzo installations Kaspari has tackled over the years (often in collaboration with Denver, CO based Braaksma Design).
For the Duraturo pieces Kaspari-Dell Workshop handles the base production and fabrication of the terrazzo metal inlays. We work locally with Advance Terrazzo & Tile to finalize the terrazzo aggregate mixtures and they provide filling and polishing services. The photos below show the work at various stages throughout the design and fabrication process.
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