NEW AGE DESIGN STUDIO
ABOUT GEMSTONE TERRAZZO
Gemstone terrazzo attempts to rectify terrazzo’s image as a cheap and often ugly building material and re-engage with the material’s past while moving beyond marble and granite as inclusions. It can be appreciated as a timeless building material that maintains a dialogue with antiquity and also as a contemporary phenomena that is only possible now due to the ability to source semi-precious stones from all over the world and mechanically hone a surface to a perfect luster. New Age Design Studio debuted their Gemstone Terrazzo surface material in September of 2018 at IDS Vancouver in a collaboration with Base Modern.
ABOUT NEW AGE DESIGN STUDIO
New Age is a design studio and art practice that explores the metaphysical nature of objects and their potential to enhance life and environment. Every object that comes out of the studio lives a double life as a functional piece and a portal into another reality. Materials are obsessively selected (and sometimes invented) for their sublime and unique qualities. New Age Design Studio's mission is to make the world a more exotic place by creating daring and mood-enhancing functional art objects.
New Age Design Studio’s Gemstone Terrazzo material is a cementitious, Palladiana (large format aggregate) style of terrazzo incorporating semi-precious stones like tiger’s eye, amethyst, malachite, rose quartz, lapis, amazonite, and other minerals in place of more traditional marble or glass aggregates. The studio’s founder Sasha Burchuk originally conceived of a black colorway after seeing pictures from the Hubble telescope of the Deep Field — which reminded her of gems floating in black velvet — but has since added new colorways in “Supernova” (white) and “Elara” (pink).
The tile line is available in custom field colors and gemstone palettes are also fully customizable. Tiles are suitable for indoor floors and walls, and can be paired with New Age Design Studio’s Gemstone Terrazzo slabs for a dramatic effect. All lapidary work is performed in-house, and tiles are cast and finished in Portland, Oregon.