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Brutalism drives terrazzo up the walls

As the raw, textural aesthetic of Brutalism makes its return to architectural and interior trends, were excited to see how designers are finding new ways to introducing stone into interior environments.

Terrazzo tiles have always been a great choice for beautiful, durable flooring – but with this new source of inspiration its rich, textural finish is now making it an attractive alternative to traditional wall coverings.

Fortunately our terrazzo tiles are perfectly suited for use on walls as they are designed to be exceptionally thin and light. This means they can be used either as striking feature panels or in concert with flooring to complete a timeless interior scheme.

Recent projects by interior designers, such as Melbourne’s David Flack of Flack Studio, are among a leading group of designers setting the trend for terrazzo on walls. Flack’s Bendigo residence project combines finely handcrafted joinery with our Storm terrazzo tiles, which feature across floors and walls.

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Maria Danos Architecture is another design firm to recognise the beauty of terrazzo beyond flooring. The selection of our Earth terrazzo tiles for feature wall panels at Mister + Miss Café in Melbourne’s Mont Albert added a warmth and texture to the overall design – and is super delicious of course!

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It’s exciting to see how the timeless appeal of terrazzo tiles spreads from floors to walls and we’re looking forward to where it develops.

Seascape reflects 2016 Pantone Colour of the year

In 2015, it was an earthy wine red colour called Marsala. The year before, it was a fuchsia colour called Radiant Orchid. In 2016, the Pantone Colour of the Year is not one but two shades – Serenity and Rose Quartz.

For the past 16 years, the world-renowned colour company has been announcing its Colour of the Year. Each year it has become more influential, with colour forecasters, manufacturers and fashion buyers taking note. Pantone’s Colour of the Year represents a snapshot of its cultural observations and serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

This year’s colours are a departure from previous years and are sure to influence interior products and finishes throughout 2016. Rose Quartz is a soft, warm pink tone while Serenity is a cooler tranquil blue.

Pantone’s motivation behind the colour selection reflects the broad trend toward mindfulness and order. “As consumers seek mindfulness and wellbeing as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colours that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent,” Pantone announced. “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

Although Fibonacci Stone’s terrazzo tiles are always a timeless solution, it’s nice to see that one of our designs reflects the 2016 colours of the year. Seascape terrazzo tiles feature a subtle blue composition contrasted with muted white and light grey marble aggregate chips. Its striking contemporary aesthetic is perfect for both residential and commercial flooring applications due the high slip resistance. Like all Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles, Seascape require minimal ongoing maintenance and have a lifespan of more than 30 years.

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Pantone’s Colour of the Year – or two colours in this case – are sure to feature significantly in 2016 and will play a key role in interior design choices throughout the year and beyond.

Watch the pantone video here ..

 

Platinum terrazzo tiles – the sophisticated flooring solution.

Since its introduction into the Fibonacci Stone range Platinum terrazzo tiles have proven a highly popular and sophisticated flooring solution for many interiors. Platinum Terrazzo Tiles’ uniquely fine grain and neutral palette of warm greys, beige is highlighted with bold accents to produce a versatile and flexible finish well suited to contemporary or traditional interior schemes.

Platinum Terrazzo Tiles are ideal for both residential and commercial flooring applications as they possess a high slip resistance, require minimal ongoing maintenance and have a lifespan of over 30 years.

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Platinum Terrazzo installed to Kitchen Flooring in Bambra Road Residential Project

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Platinum Terrazzo Stone Tiles at 400 mm x 400 mm shown installed as group of 4 tiles

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Platinum Terrazzo installed to Bathroom Flooring in Bambra Road Residential Project

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Single Platinum Terrazzo Stone Tile at 400 mm x 400 mm

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Close up sample of Platinum Terrazzo Stone Tile.

Fibonacci Stone Platinum Terrazzo is available in the following standard tile sizes

600x600x21mm

400x400x15mm

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5 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR SELECTING THE PERFECT FLOOR FOR YOUR INTERIOR

The floor is the hero of the home; it’s the one surface in your house that you come into contact with the most. An expert in hard surface flooring, Fibonacci Stone shares five essential tips for choosing the right floor for your living space.

“Your floor is the one interior element that will stay with you the longest in your home,” says Director of Fibonacci Stone, Michael Karakolis. “Choosing a new floor for your home is a big decision, because it’s going to remain with you for the next 15 to 30 years,” says Michael. “Particularly with hard surface flooring solutions, such as terrazzo tiles, there are a number of elements to consider, which will guarantee you choose a flooring solution that will not only evolve with you and your family, but maintain the same finish and material quality as time goes on.” Michael highlights five key factors, essential to choosing the right flooring for your home.

1. Ensure your flooring is versa-tile

Flooring is a long-term decision, so it’s important to select a flooring colour that will support the ongoing evolution of your home space and lifestyle. With each Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tile colourway encompassing a spectrum of hues and tonal depths, the aesthetic quality of each colour composition is perfectly homogenous, allowing the floor to seamlessly adapt to refreshed interior colour schemes and new fittings throughout its long-term life cycle.

2. Make a lasting choice

Strength and hardwearing durability are important attributes in a hard surface floor. Designed for longevity, Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles will last up to 30 years, meaning you won’t have to replace your floors for years to come. Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles can also be polished in-situ at any time, meaning scratches can be easily repaired, and flooring rejuvenated years after installation. Produced using a high percentage of natural aggregates and low percentage of inorganic binder, consistently distributed throughout the tile, Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles are exceptionally strong, durable and flexible. Fibonacci Stone also utilises UV resistant pigment oxides to ensure colour consistency is not compromised.

3. Let your floor look after you

It’s important your floor offers stability and reliability, while also supporting your wellbeing at home. Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles feature superior physical properties, providing outstanding strength, durability, dimensional stability, versatility and flexibility. As a result Fibonacci Stone tiles absorb building movement where many other surface materials might crack or delaminate. Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles also have excellent slip resistant qualities, making them a safer choice in areas such as the kitchen and bathroom.

4. Make your floor a sustainable solution

Fibonacci Stone is the only Australian/New Zealand supplier of terrazzo tiles to achieve a score of 100 per cent under the Green Star “Fit-Out Calculator” by the Green Building Council of Australia MAT-4 Concrete Credit. Key points contributing to this achievement are an ISO 14001 Accredited manufacturing process, high recycled content, and the Fibonacci Stone Stewardship Contract to disassemble the floor and arrange for it to be recycled. Achieving the lowest water cement ratio in its category, Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles also contribute to Green Building credits.

5. Maintain your floor with ease

Ensure your hard surface flooring is easy to maintain and doesn’t require a complicated and expensive maintenance program. The aesthetic and physical mechanical qualities of Fibonacci Stone can be maintained for many years with a simple cleaning routine. Regular sweeping helps to prevent large grit particles from scratching the surface while a dash of methylated spirits or PH-neutral detergent can be added to hot water for mopping. Sealing your Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles is also recommended.