The main idea of the design was to create the best kinds of floors design for space, which is a celebration of the effects of shadow and light,” describes Maxim Kashin, who founded his own architecture firm in 2013 to design a recently completed renovation of a townhouse in Moscow. He explained that the design needed to be functional for a young couple, which was challenging given the L-shaped dining and living areas.
Maxim was initially inspired by the futuristic, all-white style of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, so he utilized asymmetrical, sculptural shapes, such as two curved multi-level couches in the living room and an artistically inclined kitchen island to break down and counteract the room’s traditional rectangular arrangement.
Maxim states that space’s curved walls act as dividers and open shelves, creating interesting visual accents of light and shadow. Our most-loved, most-loved with-it-element? It’s the striking, oversized rendition of the traditional terrazzo that was applied to the kitchen backsplash and floors.
The backsplash and floors are constructed with the material that Maxim calls a “breccia technique using marble pieces”–a material that’s got the look and feel of traditional, on-trend terrazzo and the strength of naturally occurring breccia (a type of rock where broken pieces are joined to each other) as well as the art of handset flagstone paving.
Terrazzo is usually made of small pieces of quartz, marble, or another type of stone. Maxim decided to be bold and use larger pieces of a lighter-colored marble with gray veining and subtle red accents to create a smooth and even surface. Maxim states that the abstract design it creates is like landscapes, but with a futuristic twist. It is the focal point in the minimalist and neutral tones. Maxim says that the floor was the most difficult part of the work, but the floor is sustainable in its reuse of materials that are already in use and durable, which is a must for a room that’s frequently used with a large family. To make the floor and the backsplash every marble piece had to be individually laid out in such a way that it was an appropriate distance from other pieces, while still considering the layout as well as the undulating curves of the sofas, which are typically enclosed by a soft covered area of cloth..
The versatility of the material is what we like about it. It is a great choice as a floor or backsplash in both a design perspective and a practical one,