About

Foresso is a new composite sheet material composed of timber, wood waste from sawmills, cement, resin, and pigment cast by hand onto an 18mm birch plywood substrate. Finished by hand and sealed with hardwax oil it is a practical sheet material that requires no specialist equipment to alter or install and is available in standard 2.4 x 1.2m sheets.

Our Ethics & Materials

For us sustainability is not just about recycling; it is also about longevity, quality of workmanship, and knowledge of your material’s provenance. We see waste as raw materials rather than something to be discarded, and we are deeply committed to reducing our ecological impact. This is not just through using recycled materials in our products, but also about reducing our use of plastics, designing our supply chain to reduce travel distances, and making thoughtful decisions in every aspect of our work.

We only source FSC certified timber from within Britain, almost all from within 100 miles of our workshop, and we only use pieces that are unusable for joinery due to splits, knots, or odd sizing. We have built close relationships with our local sawmills to ensure that we can make the most of every tree felled, not only using everything that can’t become planks but all of the planing waste as well.

Working to our ethical goals we have developed Foresso to be a durable material with traceable material origins, designed from the ground up to be practical, and versatile without losing sight terrazzo’s classic aesthetic.

 British Walnut showing some of the common ‘defects’ that would cause it to be wasted.

British Walnut showing some of the common ‘defects’ that would cause it to be wasted.

 Mixed planing waste from our local sawmill.

Mixed planing waste from our local sawmill.

 British Oak beam ends in a timber yard.

British Oak beam ends in a timber yard.

Ongoing Development
We are constantly working to improve Foresso - whether through more efficient production processes that make less waste, or by increasing the proportion of recycled material - and it is this constant iteration that allows us to engage with the most difficult challenges facing manufacturing today.

In the past year we have more than doubled the amount of waste timber we use in each sheet and are now working towards our goal of a 100% recycled timber terrazzo. We have also begun new initiatives to reduce the use of plastics within our business, already switching all of our packaging to 100% biodegradable and recycled materials and we actively select suppliers who do the same.

Applications

Foresso is suitable for all interior surfaces in both commercial and domestic environments, from flooring to table tops and wall coverings, we use a combination of hardwax oils to seal the timber and provide a beautiful, long-lasting surface. Foresso should be should be treated and maintained like any other timber, it can also be cut and altered like timber with standard tools and is easy to refinish once work is complete - see our installation guide and specification sheets for more information.

 Backsplash in a communal office space.

Backsplash in a communal office space.

 Flooring in a London house.

Flooring in a London house.

 Tables at 83 Hanover Street, Edinburgh.

Tables at 83 Hanover Street, Edinburgh.

With such a wide range of possibilities our technical team advises on every project to make sure that the most is made of each Foresso sheet. Please get in touch for more information or to enquire about projects.

Downloads

> Specification Sheet
> Installation Guide

Inspiration & Development

Foresso started as an exploration of waste in the joinery industry where processing timber into the desired planks causes great wastage of beautiful slow-growing trees.

Stone terrazzo itself was made using leftover marble from the construction of buildings in 15th century Venice and . Nowadays it can be found everywhere – from restaurant entryways in Belgravia to flooring in the London Underground with its organic and yet manufactured aesthetic bringing a surprisingly modern contrast to this old material. Foresso

Fashioned from leftover marble used to construct palazzos in 15th century Venice, terrazzo’s mosaic-like and hardwearing surface is ubiquitous in contemporary design. Both pleasingly modern and classically styled, terrazzo can be found everywhere – from restaurant entryways in Belgravia to flooring in the London Underground. Random and organic, manufactured yet identifiably human.

For samples and enquiries please email contact@foresso.co.uk