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Introducing the Ankle Deep range of terrazzo by Fibonacci Stone

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Although ancient in its beginnings, the rich tradition of creating composite stone has become an enduring craft, universally coveted by architects, designers and homemakers.  But, as with most things created here in Australia, we like to add our own spin – or in our case – our own grit, to the story.   Our unique Antipodean light, lifestyle and landscape calls for products that work within our own design vernacular.

“We work alongside Australia’s foremost architects, designers and builders, seeing the best new Australian commercial and residential projects from concept through to completion, and being able to provide terrazzo stone products that speak to these projects is an incredibly important part of our business,” says Fibonacci Stone’s Creative Director, Michael Karakolis.  “Our Ankle Deep range is inspired by the raw beauty of the Australian landscape, and is steeped in the colours and the sprit of Australia Felix.”

We also are thrilled to introduce a new addition to the Ankle Deep range – Road Trip.

The blue horizon is a hot haze ahead; the dust and hurling stones flying behind. The windows down, travelling tunes, truck stops and the rhythmic bounce of tyres over rough-hewn roads.

It was this exhilarating feeling of escape that inspired Road Trip, with its mix of classic Australian stoney hues of olive, bisque, grey, black and a hint of umber.

Cool Stream

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Cool Stream is reminiscent of translucent, wintery streambeds, where specks of bluestone pepper the ground between small stones of rust, olive and grey. En masse it appears cool, but up close, the warm hues will shine.

Freckle

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Recalling the beauty of tiny freckles appearing on pale skin after a day in the sun, this beautiful mix of softly rounded marble, limestone and granite is set within a warm white base. The occasional appearance of small burgundy and brown shades only increases the warmth and complexity of this stunning tile.

The Sunbaker

The Sunbaker

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The Sunbaker brings to mind a cooling dip in clear running water along a shallow riverbank, the soles of your feet navigating the mixture of smooth and sharp-edged pebbles. Timeless and intrinsically Australian in hue, The Sunbaker is ideally suited to honest, organically inspired architecture.

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Road Trip

The blue horizon is a hot haze ahead; the dust and hurling stones flying behind. The windows down, travelling tunes, truck stops and the rhythmic bounce of tyres over rough-hewn roads.

It was this exhilarating feeling of escape that inspired Road Trip, with its mix of classic Australian stoney hues of olive, bisque, grey, black and a hint of umber.

Photography by Haydn Cattach

Styling and Art Direction by Bek Sheppard

No more design delays and disappointments as Fibonacci Stone announces an end to lead-time frustrations.  Plus, we’ve released another beautiful series of new colours.

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This is not a drill…

“Why yes, that product is available.

Yessssss, right now.

As in, immediately.

Noooo, there are no lead times… you can totally have it, like now… actually!”

And the best bit is – we are not pranking you!

After a three-year overhaul to our supply chain, Fibonacci Stone can now boast (a little) that we are the only Australian terrazzo stone company with a totally planned inventory – which means that our entire collection is available right now – not just a smattering of odds, ends, and project left-overs.   “We have finally turned the tables in favour of the designer and the client,” says Creative Director, Michael Karakolis.

“We’re well aware of the exacting nature of our clients – the architects, designers and the specifiers – and they abhor having to choose the next available option.  It dilutes their design intent, leads to heartbreak for both designer and client, and results in unwanted compromise, and blow-outs in completion dates,” says Michael.

“Truly unique products, the ones that can’t be replicated, can make such a significant contribution to a project’s overall design, however these products often have limited availability or long lead times, making it impossible to meet project completion dates,” he says.  “We feel it’s a big and important achievement for us to be able to take the stress and uncertainty out of the specification process, guaranteeing no lead time, and therefore, no need for re-selections,” he says.  

And if you’ve been keeping a tab on us, you will remember we said there would be more to come?  We’re constantly refining our collection, honing the classics and responding to market trends. There’s too many to show you at one time, so here’s a snap-shot of our latest updates and additions.

Ankle Deep Collection (The Sunbaker, Cool Stream, Freckle) – The Ankle Deep range represents our appreciation of the timeless beauty of nature, and our ongoing desire to capture its beauty in our interiors.

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The Sunbaker

The Sunbaker brings to mind a cooling dip in clear running water along a shallow river bank, the soles of your feet navigating the mixture of smooth and sharp-edged pebbles.  Timeless and intrinsically Australian in hue, The Sunbaker is ideally suited to honest, organically inspired architecture.

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Cool Stream

Cool Stream is reminiscent of translucent, wintery streambeds, where specks of bluestone pepper the ground between small stones of rust, olive and grey.  En masse it appears cool, but up close, the warm hues will shine.

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Freckle

Recalling the beauty of tiny freckles appearing on pale skin after a day in the sun, this beautiful mix of softly rounded marble, limestone and granite is set within a warm white base.  The occasional appearance of small burgundy and brown shades only increases the warmth and complexity of this stunning tile.

HIGHLIGHTS

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Pavlova

The palest tones of flesh, blush and salmon, inspired by the beauty of a ballerina’s steps en pointe. We’ve christened this ‘Pavlova’, as she was widely considered the first to adopt the pointe shoe, and for more obvious reasons… its resemblance to her eponymous and delicious dessert.

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Abstrakt

Otherworldly in shape and form, Abstrakt is sublimely gentle in its palette and composition, its pieces seeming to drift breezily around each other. Referencing the playful elements of design from the 1950s to 80s, it’s inkblot-like shapes in shades of grey marble are set within a white base and present an assured, modernist form.

NEW RELEASES

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Lands Edge

Hints of warmth in these beautifully translucent light grey and white shards create an unexpected softness (kind of like when the sun hits the slopes…or the ice in your poolside cocktail). When set into an even mid-grey base, the effect is subtle, inviting a tactile response – it’s one of those products you’ll want to reach out and touch.

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Poppin’

Dramatically set within a cool dark grey base, white, platinum and steely shapes pop with intense strength, as if hit by a spotlight. Poppin’ is a startling base for any strong monochromatic scheme.

Photography by Haydn Cattach 

Styling + AD by Bek Sheppard 

Introducing the INTUIT Collection of terrazzo by Fibonacci Stone

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To intuit is to know or discover by intuition… and, if there’s one thing designers might (we said might) agree on, it’s that decision making is not always rooted in logic or reason.  And if we had a dollar for every time a client or customer said “I don’t know why I like it, but I just know I do,” well, we’d probably still be here, but we’d also be browsing a Tesla brochure.  Design decision-making is as much about gut-instinct, familiarity and intuition – as it is the practical considerations, which is why we’ve brought together this family of styles under the INTUIT banner.

“Ostensibly the most traditional of our terrazzo styles, the Intuit range is where history, nature and memory converge in a beautifully crafted Fibonacci Stone product,” says Creative Director Michael Karakolis.   “From the pleasurably faint warmth found in winter sun, to the reassuring sound of raindrops pelting the ground outside, or the recollection of writing on a chalkboard as a child, each of the Intuit range evokes rich memories, and a sense of beautiful familiarity.”

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High Cloud

Bearing similarities to a traditional terrazzo, the patterns of High Cloud bring to mind a recognisable and reassuring form. A gentle mix of warm grey and fresh white Carrara marble conflate within a grey base to an almost translucent neutral in which, en masse, the larger chips become dominant and a lighter overall surface prevails.

Wintersun

The perfect contemporary neutral that brings to mind the unexpected pleasure of the warmth of soft winter sun.  Featuring elegantly elongated Carrara marble pieces in soft, faded greys set within a fresh white base, this is an extremely versatile terrazzo for varied interior scheme

Cloudburst

Cloudburst hits the ground at a gentle pace, and its occasional warm russet stone delivers an overall soft and fragmented surface. Fine marble chips, with a smattering of black dust in the base create a stunningly contemporary finish, which appears lighter when laid en masse.

Chalky

Exquisitely delicate traces of white and palest grey marble set within a white base conjure the chalkiest, almost translucent finish. Chalky is incredibly consistent in its composition, and will appeal to room schemes that require timeless elegance.

Flannel Flower

Flannel Flower

A subtly gentle fusion of patterns that resemble a pale, traditional terrazzo, the characteristics of Flannel Flower bring to mind a recognisable and reassuring form.

A gentle mix of warm grey and fresh white Carrara marble conflate within a light grey base to an almost translucent neutral in which, en masse, the larger chips become dominant and a lighter overall surface prevails

Platinum

Like its namesake metal that has forever been a symbol of prestige and dependability, Platinum presents a highly consistent neutral finish that is perfectly suited for use as a clean canvas for a wide range of room schemes.

Its ultrafine shards of predominantly white and grey Carrara marble are densely set within a neutral grey base which lend it the uniform appearance of a stone product.

Steel

Steel was based on the unique composition of marble and cement developed in Platinum Terrazzo Tiles – a favourite of many leading interior designers and architects. Steel introduces a bold blue grey tone to the range that’s reminiscent of unfinished steel

The Raven

Dramatic and transformative, The Raven is a striking blend of rounded and acicular black marble chips, softened by a light grey base.

Perfectly suited to sophisticated, urbane interiors, this is a luxe, more refined alternative to industrial polished concrete.

 

Photography by Haydn Cattach

Styling and Art Direction by Bek Sheppard

 

Designer Focus: Made by Morgen

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Here at Fibonacci Stone, we believe that our products are much more than just the sum of their parts.  History, craftsmanship, and materiality all converge with today’s best design practices to create a narrative for their future use – enabling us to work with architects and designers to create projects of exceptional quality and timelessness.

made by morgenIt’s an amazing time to be working with Australian and international designers – and to see other creators with a similar outlook doing so well in their respective fields.

Case in point is Nick McDonald, owner, designer and creator of Melbourne-based furniture studio, Made by Morgen. Nick’s childhood was spent on a farm; a building apprenticeship followed, then a stint in a large construction management firm.  It was during a trip to Denmark that a fortuitous opportunity to work with and learn from a master furniture craftsman that set Nick on his course.

 

Back in Melbourne, the chance to design the fit-out for a mates store cemented his future path – and Made By Morgen was born. Its signature style combines a timeless blend of Scandinavian and Japanese influences – all with a very Australian countenance.

A recent photo shoot by Lillie Thompson, styled by Bek Sheppard, beautifully illustrates the Made By Morgen furniture range. Bek’s stunning sets of pale grey battened walls featured Fibonacci Stone’s Neues Grey tiles  – providing a sublime backdrop for Made By Morgen’s unique and individualised pieces. It was a great shoot be involved with, and we are very much looking forward to watching the future evolution of Made By Morgen.

Photography by Lillie Thompson and Styling by Bek Sheppard

 

Fibonacci Neues Grey debuts at Hinoak by Biasol

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We’re thrilled to see our new Fibonacci Stone products start to appear in some of Australia’s latest standout interior projects.

Our Neues Grey was recently specified by Melbourne design studio Biasol for the bar area of Hinoak, an elegantly modern take on a traditional Korean barbecue restaurant in Glen Waverley.

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Biasol drew inspiration for this stylish re-boot of a much-loved dining tradition from the intricate timber eaves of historic Korean houses, underpinned by a desire to combine ‘craft, harmony and a delicate balance between built form and natural material’.

fibonacci stone_neues grey_biasolA timber-battened ceiling that subtly curves downward to become the rear wall creates a warm and intimate interior that is enhanced by LED backlighting along two banks of timber tables.

Concrete-look walls and tan leather upholstery are perfectly complemented by the Fibonacci Stone Neues Grey clad bar area. Neues Grey’s rugged chips of cool marble with flecks of warm-hued rock set within a neutral grey concrete base are the perfect counterpoint to an otherwise un-pattered material palette.

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Hinoak_design by Biasol_Photo by James Morgan_011Beautifully sculpted timber tops gently wrap around the Neues Grey bar in sections, again highlighting the perfect colour partnership between the concrete, timber and stone products selected by Biasol.

Biasol’s creation of this beautiful bar area yet again underscores the versatility of Fibonacci Stone’s products – walls and floors are only the beginning, and its potential is inhibited only by imagination.
Congratulations to Hinoak and Biasol on this beautiful re-imagination of a time-honoured dining tradition.

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Photography courtesy of James Morgan

A custom-cut collaboration with Studio Griffiths at their Mainridge 2 Residence

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Eschewing the typically rough-hewn or sea-faring styles adopted for many coastal/country homes, Studio Griffiths took a refined and elegant approach when designing Main Ridge 2, located in the inland rolling hills of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

Despite its nod to barn-style architecture, the striking deep grey weatherboard and colourbond structure sits smartly within its manicured landscape, with opposing central doors and windows creating a clear link between the interior and its lush surrounds.

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studio griffithsThe hallmarks of Studio Griffiths’ projects are attention to detail and a clever mix of materials, often used in unexpected combinations, or with a new spin on their application.

With an overall colour palette of black, blanched oak and white, with just a hint of colour (from only the murky end of the spectrum) the selection of Fibonacci Steel for the bathroom and laundry lent another level of urbane sophistication to the wet areas.

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studio griffithsHowever, it’s the design of a feature wall of custom cut terrazzo stone, laid in a striking diamond pattern, that sets this room apart.  Fibonacci Stone worked closely with Studio Griffiths in the custom cutting of the stone (with the help of our partner AMS Surfaces), to create what we think is another brilliant take on mixing tradition with modernity.

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studio griffithsIt’s what we love best here at Fibonacci Stone – working with clever designers to create new ways of using this product with such a rich history.  Congratulations to Studio Griffiths on another wonderful project.

Photography by Sharyn Cairns

Vasa Sculptures by Vasa Mihich

Internationally renowned painter and sculptor Vasa Mihich is living proof that some things get better with age. The octogenarian has been brightening up the world since the 1960s and his artworks just keep impressing.

Originally from the former Yugoslavia, Vasa arrived in Los Angeles in 1960 and worked primarily as a painter before discovering sculpture as an alternate art form.

His bold and multi-coloured sculptures are made from laminated cast acrylic and have seen him firmly placed in the canon of American art.

Vasa first made the switch from painting by abandoning traditional techniques and materials in favour of a more industrial bent. This captured the attention of art critics and collectors alike.

“I came to the United States because of Abstract Expressionism,” the artist wrote in his 2007 monograph. “Instead, I found Minimalism, and more. It took me four years to adapt to and appreciate this important new art.”

Vasa’s artistic process is labour-intensive, time-consuming and at times fast-paced.

“Often, I sandwich clear acrylic with transparent, coloured sheets of the same material. After stirring together the adhesive’s components, I have only 20 minutes to pour the glue between cast acrylic parts before the polymerization of the adhesive is complete,” Vasa has explained of his process. “I make the sculpture parts separately, but put them together before machining and polishing.”

His works are in the form of parallelograms, hexagonal columns, spheres and rectangular columns that burst with colour and life – much like Vasa himself.

We look forward to more bright years ahead for this 83-year-old artist.

Fernando Mastrangelo’s Drift Collection

Brooklyn-based artist Fernando Mastrangelo has unveiled the next additions to his ‘Drift’ collection with a range of glaciers and natural earth formations masquerading as furniture.

Mastrangelo uses materials such as salt, coffee, sand, glass and cement to cast strikingly sculptural objects. His Drift collection began with a not-so-humble bench made of sand and cement, which was exhibited during New York Design week and Collective Design Fair last year.

Now, further inspired by trips to Patagonia and the Grand Canyon, the collection has grown to include a sofa that is both ravishing and rugged in appearance. Like the Drift bench, it is made from sand and cement but is upholstered in luxurious velvet. It is joined by a coffee table also cast from sand and cement and ‘petra’ side tables in blue and pink. There is also a series of mirrors featuring a combination of stratified sand and steely glass.

The Patagonian landscape has inspired the subtle colour palette and Mastrangelo uses hand-dyed sand to reflect its ice-blue glaciers. The artist combines refined and polished elements with an unpredictable rugged surface to represent natural elements. The works are intriguingly contradictory – both raw and refined, durable and delicate, formal and functional.

The influence of the Grand Canyon is seen in the sand, which is cast in layers to create a delicate ombre effect. It recalls layers of earth and strata as the colours gradually blend from one hue to the next.

All designs in the Drift collection is handcrafted by Mastrangelo in his Brooklyn studio and are produced in very limited quantities. Each one represents an earthy inspiration.

Studio Ossidiana’s ‘Petrified Carpets’

Traditional Persian rugs have been given a solid edge by architecture and design practice Studio Ossidiana. Their ‘Petrified Carpets’ series was exhibited at the last Dutch Design Week and shows how concrete can take on the tactile qualities of a classic woven rug.

Studio Ossidiana was formed in 2015 by Alessandra Covini and Tomas Dirrix and is based in Rotterdam and Milan. The practice does not limit its work to architecture and explores various fields of design. Its name references the volcanic obsidian stone, which was used to make pottery and tools in ancient times.

The Petrified Carpets exhibition was inspired by the two-dimensional patterns found on traditional Persian rugs, including medallions, grids and frames. Covini and Dirrix saw these motifs as representing architectural elements found in Persian gardens, such as surrounding walls, central fountains and doorways. They used concrete to turn these motifs into tactile 3D objects.

The duo has described the exhibition as “a material study on the carpet as an architectural space, as a place embodying narratives, rituals and craftsmanship”.

Each object in the exhibition is crafted from concrete mixed with pigments, stone, sand and cement. The contours of Persian rugs are subtly referenced and the designs elevate this utilitarian material into vibrant pieces of art.

Studio Ossidiana collaborated with prefabricated concrete manufacturer Hurks for the installation and they experimented with different casting techniques to achieve the final result.

‘Petrified Carpets’ explores the possibilities of concrete in both an artistic and architectural context and brings a whole new dimension to the classic Persian rug.

Coexist Collection by Slash Objects

Marble, brass, concrete and industrial rubber form unexpected yet perfect combinations in the designs of Brooklyn-based studio Slash O­­­bjects. Motivated by a belief that there is harmony in difference, the studio mixes materials to create a bold sense of balance.

Slash Objects was launched in 2016 by multidisciplinary design firm Slash Projects, which works across architecture, product design, digital, web, and apps. The spin-off brand provides an opportunity for founder Arielle Assouline-Lichten to explore materials and form and Slash Objects was listed among Sight Unseen’s 2016 American Design Hotlist.

Its Coexist collection of furniture and object mixes brass, marble, concrete, ceramic and industrial rubber to create striking geometric forms. It includes a coffee table made from a slab of white venato marble that appears to balance on two brass cubes. The Askew side table features a cube of green marble that cantilevers off a brass cube base and the Slash standing mirror is a full-length design framed in brass that slots into a marble prism base.

“I love playing with materials and pushing their material boundaries,” Assouline-Lichten has said. “I also think that you can achieve a sense of harmony with a balance of difference – that you need a bit of foreignness in order to create something imperfectly whole.”

Slash Objects’ Coexist collection was recently shown at NYCxDesign. Assouline-Lichten also presented other designs during the event, such as a series of cylindrical stools made of concrete and brass and homeware designs, including coasters and placemats.

The studio will also be will be exhibiting at this year’s London Design Fair from 14-21 September. It’s sure to achieve a perfect sense of balance.