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Robert Sukrachand’s Mirazzo Collection Blends Thai Benches With Italian Techniques

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Brooklyn-based furniture and mirror designer Robert Sukrachand has created ‘Mirazzo’, an elegant series that consists of three benches and a coffee table all with terrazzo surfaces.

Sukrachand was recently in Bangkok, Thailand, where his father resides. Here, Sukrachand noticed a resemblance between Italian terrazzo and the city’s public benches, public park chess tables, and stools. Terrazzo is a technique traditional to Italy, titled after the town of the same name, and deriving from the mosaic artform. To create terrazzo, chips of colored marble, quartz, granite, or glass are combined to form a textured surface. Sukrachand found Bangkok’s public benches to be colorful and haphazard, “occasionally crumbling under the weight and weather of a tropical climate,” he explains. It was this point that inspired his ‘Mirazzo’ collection; the designer wanted to salvage materials that are wasted by the stone industry, and transform them into “something utilitarian yet beautiful.” Sukrachand cast large panes of colored and antique mirrors into the rustic shapes of the original Bangkok benches and tables to create the collection. “The Mirazzo Collection begs the question of what other salvaged ingredients can be brought into the fold,” he continues, “as the design and manufacturing industries evolve to waste as little raw material as possible.”

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All images © Robert Sukrachand