Floors aren’t always the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to bold gestures in design. Often, simple timber or polished concrete paves the way (literally) for other elements to shine. But floors are often a crucial factor in the overall effect of any given interior, although not often treated as the hero. Done right, however, a statement floor can be the focus of any space, from restaurants to retail to residential living rooms.
We think stone floors are particularly special, bringing weight and character in their material diversity. From jagged terrazzo to marble and quartz, here are six projects with rocking stone floors.
Terrazzo marble apartment in Lithuania by DO Architects// The custom terrazzo floor is what keeps this Lisbon apartment from being just another contemporary, monochrome residence – inoffensive, but not particularly exciting. Large scale marble, granite, and travertine pieces are held in place by white concrete, creating a unique surface of varying shapes, colours, and edges. The floor enhances every other detail present in the living room.
Camilla and Marc flagship by Akin Atelier // The Camilla and Marc store in Sydney’s Westfield Bondi Junction sells clothes, but it’s also a great advertisement for Akin Atelier. The tiled floor presents tremendous textural diversity, incorporating custom Palladiana terrazzo tiling in Classic Travertine, Smeraldo Quartz, and Volajas, bordered by custom stained herringbone timber flooring. Almost too pretty for shoppers to walk all over.
Lisbon apartment by Studio Gameiro // This apartment in Lisbon is divided into two separate ‘zones’, one housing bedrooms and the other with living and dining, meant for entertaining. The latter has an appropriately fun-loving custom concrete floor, inlaid with slim blocks of grey, white, and pink marble. The stones are arranged in an intentionally sporadic manner, intended to reference Mediterranean terraces, which are typically paved over with offcuts of marble. Genius!