Venetian construction workers, looking for a low-cost way to surface terraces, set broken bits of marble into clay, and then ground down the resulting surface with stones until it was smooth. The name they gave this finish — terrazzo — is also the Italian
Poltrona Gaia by Pablo Llanquin, Chile. This is a lovely chair. I'm so fond of asymmetry in the design of the legs—the twiglike, delicate front legs and the very solid back leg that makes it look like the chair just grew and unfolded from a tree trunk.