Diespeker & Co – Surface sorcery
For many years, terrazzo was largely thought of as a somewhat bland surface material that provided a practical flooring choice for concourses, hospitals, schools and department stores; beige, grey, neutral and uninteresting.
Aware of its potential, London’s award-winning specialist terrazzo supplier and manufacturer Diespeker & Co brought terrazzo into the 21st Century using creative flair and technical knowhow, leading to a revival in the use of this traditional surface material, particularly in the retail environment.
Diespeker has made ground-breaking innovations in the past two years; for J&M Davidson’s 2016 reimagining, Diespeker devised a method of matching resin based terrazzo flooring seamlessly with cast concrete terrazzo cantilevered stairs. With the stairs cast using the same aggregate as the resin, highly ground and polished, the final finish in cement reflected almost flawlessly the appearance of the floor in resin.
Diespeker’s Standard and Standard Plus terrazzo ranges have cut the creative mustard for leading brands such as Reiss, which uses resin based terrazzo for flooring in stores across the globe, and Whistles, whose flagship store in Westfield White City utilises terrazzo countertops and display plinths.
Flooring for Loon Fung supermarket on Edgware Road called for a bespoke terrazzo featuring blue glass chippings sourced especially for the project. With 700 square meters of paving to produce, the terrazzo was manufactured by Diespeker’s Italian partners before being brought to the UK to be cut, ground and polished in the London factory prior to installation.
The possibilities are infinite, and Diespeker’s work in other sectors has sparked new concepts that are transferable to retail scenarios. At the Chelsea Flower Show, Kate Gould’s gold award-winning ‘City Living’ garden featured a light-transmitting wall made from 28 square metres of bespoke terrazzo with 81,000 individual pieces of fibre optic cable buried within. Diespeker’s craftsmen have devised methods of bending resin terrazzo to create stunning curved countertops and our latest venture is helping a renowned artist to create a unique, terrazzo artwork for Duke’s Court in the West End of London.
Not content with being a leader in terrazzo, Diespeker has built up a reputation for skills with marble, granite and conglomerate, working with some of the country’s finest shopfitters. For END Clothing and Asics, for example, Diespeker’s bookmatched marble added sophistication and a contemporary edge to new retail interiors.
Diespeker is passionate about breaking boundaries, using innovation and unparalleled resourcefulness to achieve creative goals with ingenious solutions. Diespeker’s answer is never ‘we can’t do that’ but always ‘we will find a way’.
About Diespeker & Co
Diespeker & Co is a specialist supplier of natural stone and man-made materials for flooring, tiles, cladding, worktops and treads, for the commercial and domestic sectors.
The company was founded in 1881 in Hamburg and expanded into London where it was one of the first companies to offer terrazzo and mosaic to the UK market.
Diespeker offers a rare service at its factory in South East London where traditional hand-casting skills are employed to create bespoke designs. This enables the company to also match existing materials for refurbishment projects. The factory boasts the latest in Italian cutting and polishing machinery, as well as an impressive showroom displaying over 500 standard tile designs.
Standard materials are imported from trusted suppliers in Italy where they can be cut to a much thinner finish than in the UK if required.
The full service includes site surveys, technical support, drawing, supply and installation and an exceptional aftercare package.
Diespeker has supplied and installed standard and bespoke solutions for such prestigious clients as The Royal Albert Hall, The Waldorf Hotel, Bob Bob Ricard, Planet Hollywood, Paul Smith and Wimbledon Tennis Club.