The Right Mix
Artistic Surfaces: blending passion and progress
Floors are often overlooked when describing aspects of great buildings, but there’s no ignoring the terrazzo work of Harvey Namm, owner of Artistic Surfaces.
“It’s very durable, it brightens any space and it brings interest to an area,” says Namm, President of the company based in Pompano Beach, Florida. He adds, “I consider every job we do a showroom for our company, because our work is always outstanding.”
Over the past 25 years, Artistic Surfaces has won 20 awards, 10 of those from the National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association.
Terrazzo is an old-world craft, originating in Italy during Roman rule. Today, workers apply a wet mixture of cement or epoxy plus chips of granite, mother of pearl, shell, marble, or other aggregates onto a concrete surface. Once the floor is cured, they use a machine much like a floor polisher to skim off the very top layer to reveal the variety of aggregate pieces. After it’s cleaned, polished and sealed, the floor achieves a grandeur that impresses all who step onto it.
Namm’s most recent homage to an artist is the 10,622-square-foot lobby of the Carnival Studio Theater housed at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. It features artwork from Cuban artist José Bedia.
“Because the installation was to incorporate the work of one of the most exciting young artists in the world, it was important that the execution be of the highest level of quality, artistic expression and precision. Not a simple task,” says Roberto Espejo, who was then the Senior Associate for Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.