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Abstrakt live at Sydney’s new Microsoft Technology Centre.

Charged with designing the new flagship fit-out of one of the world’s largest technology companies, Darlinghurst-based studio TomMarkHenry looked to its unique Sydney location for inspiration.

Set above the iconic Martin Place GPO, the new Microsoft Technology Centre required a client front of house space, a customer technology centre, as well as staff touchdown spaces. The brief to TomMarkHenry was to provide unique experiences in each space that not just reflected their specific use, but also ensured that they felt part of the overall design.

tommarkhenrytommarkhenryTraditional details found in the historic building were used as reference points throughout, as were the strong and varied palette of Australia’s natural colours.  The repeated use of strong, undulating shapes throughout further accentuated this theme, creating bold workspaces that defy traditional office design norms.  Local artists were engaged to create unique design elements, such as a bold mural wall by Melbourne-based designer Cassie Byrnes.

tommarkhenryTomMarkHenryFibonacci Stone’s ‘Abstrakt’ was specified for this exciting project, again showcasing its versatility and ability to work alongside a broad mix of materials. “We were drawn to the bold contrast and exaggerated scale of the Abstrakt terrazzo,” says Laura Ng, Interior Designer for TomMarkHenry. “Its monochromatic tones create a stable base for the room, grounding the vivid colours that wrap the rest of the space.”

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tommarkhenry“Our ‘Abstrakt’ stone is really becoming a bit of a rock-star in its own right,” says Fibonacci Stone’s Creative Director, Michael Karakolis.  “It’s playful elements set into a sublimely gentle palette are proving to work just as beautifully in domestic projects as well as large commercial ones – it’s a great to see its potential being realised by designers.”

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Photography by Damian Bennett

Wellard Architects fuse the old and the new with Flannel Flower

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Architectural projects that merge older, existing buildings with contemporary additions are oft-attempted, yet not always seamlessly realised. This stunning project by Wellard Architects is one that nails it.

Commissioned by a young family to transition their Elsternwick Edwardian into a flexible, open and contemporary space to take them into the future, “the aim was to preserve a curated retention of delightful Edwardian details to attract rather than detract from the homes modern edge,” says principle architect, Huw Wellard.

The ensuite is a study in delicate tonality, punctuated by a striking black steel framed shower screen.  Light oak cabinetry and pale stone bench-tops are enhanced by the gentle, traditional terrazzo characteristics of Fibonacci Stone’s Flannel Flower.  Its mix of warm grey and fresh white fragments set within a light grey base work to perfectly fuse the bathroom’s new elements, and link it to the stunning original Edwardian fireplace that’s been given a contemporary update via a simple timber over-mantle.

This graceful palette is carried through to the master bathroom, with its deep freestanding bath, as well as the well-planned galley laundry.

“Bearing witness to the contemporary application of an ancient stone technique is one of the great joys of the job,” says Fibonacci Stone’s creative director, Michael Karakolis. “Projects such as these that merge old and new architecture are a wonderful testament to the depth of our design range.”

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Images courtesy of Wellard Architects | Photography by Derek Swalwell | Styling Bek Sheppard

Fibonacci Stone and Hassell Studio – an en pointe collaboration – The Australian Ballet

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A collaborative spirit is one of hallmarks of Fibonacci Stone, and the beauty and strength of this approach could not be better illustrated than in our recent work with Hassell Studio in their refurbishment of the Australian Ballet headquarters in Melbourne.

Australian Ballet“Leah Hudson-Smith of Hassell wished to specify a terrazzo in a palette of flesh tones, blush and salmon – suggesting the hues of a ballerina’s slipper – which would be used throughout the entry foyer, the main public spaces and in the incredible staircase,” says Creative Director, Michael Karakolis.   “Fibonacci Stone responded to the brief with a new design which we hoped would capture the timeless elegance of ballet, subtly nuancing the dichotomy of dance – and the strength that belies the grace of the steps.”

The tile features flinty shards of those ballet shoe-hues set into a warm neutral base, mixed with larger pieces set to mimic the ‘pas de bourrée’ or quick steps, often done en pointe. “For this reason, we couldn’t resist calling the stone ‘Pavlova’, as Anna Pavlova was widely considered the first to adopt the pointe shoe, and for more obvious reasons… its resemblance to her eponymous and delicious dessert,” says Michael.

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The Australian Ballet The Australian BalletThe entire project is a celebration of the beauty and hidden strength of ballet.  Brilliantly conceived spaces for the public, staff and dancers followed painstaking and exacting research – take the staircase as an example: it’s sinuous curves elegantly wrap upwards, much like the ribbon of a ballet slipper, but the width of the staircase is designed to allow two tutu clad ballerinas to pass each other without disturbing their costumes. It’s a beautiful example of function equalling form, brilliantly conceived and executed by Hassell Studio.

“It’s in these wonderful collaborations that we feel Fibonacci Stone can offer our wealth of product knowledge, design nous and imagination to our clients,” says Michael.  “We couldn’t be happier with the depth of our full range – which is always available in stock – but these bespoke commissions really are, the cream on the pav.”

Photography by Lillie Thompson

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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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

The new au79 café from Mim Design

A transformed auto repair garage is taking pole position in the race for best venue in Abbotsford thanks to a new interior from Mim Design.

Au79, which takes its name from a combination of the symbol and atomic number for gold, is a multi-functional space with an indoor botanic garden, café, bakery, patisserie, and coffee roaster. It’s filled with natural light, lush greenery and inviting spaces and combines contemporary finishes with references to its past.

The front bar is our favourite area of the venue, although we may be biased – it features Fibonacci stone terrazzo tiles in Nougat. The nougat Terrazzo Tiles combine subtle tones of white, beige, grey and dusty pink to complement a bold or neutral interior scheme.

Mim Design is an award-winning Melbourne-based studio known for its commitment to quality and attention to detail. Led by founder and managing director Miriam Fanning, it has a diverse portfolio that spans high-end residential, retail, hospitality and corporate projects

Emma Mahlook, Mim Design’s creative director, says inspiration for the Au79 interior was taken from a variety of places, “from the venue’s new focus on roasting, to the curved rubber marks the old tyres made on the walls, which referenced the building – a previous car repair garage,” she explains.

Au79 measures a generous 600m2 and features authentic materials, textured surfaces, brass accents and earthy elements. The botanic theme extends to a hand-illustrated feature wall from Mim Design artist in residence, Sammy David, which stands opposite the in-house coffee roasting room.

Remnants of the venue’s former life are easy to see. Four-metre high windows showcase the original structure and provide space for natural light to flood in. The original garage door also remains in place.

Au79 combines great food, fresh coffee and a winning design. We think it’s as good as gold.

Tobias Partners – Bondi Beach House

A 1980s beach house in North Bondi has been re-imagined for the modern era with bold features that eschew the typical beachside palette of weatherboard and whitewash wooden floors. The result is a fresh, distinctive family home with luxurious materials, including a te­rrazzo tiled floor from Fibonacci Stone.

Tobias Partners, in collaboration with Sydney building company Horizon, were given the task of transforming this four-bedroom beach house into a strikingly modern family home. Spread over three levels, it includes unique features such as a copper fireplace and white beeswax plaster walls that are the perfect backdrop for the owner’s wide and eccentric collection of art.

Fibonacci Stone Storm terrazzo tiles were selected for both the interior and exterior to create a seamless palette inside and out. The composition of the storm tile creates homogeneity in the entire floor that allows it to be continued from the interior to the exterior with  the strength and durability of Fibonacci Stone making it suitable to both applications.

Storm terrazzo tiles feature pale aggregates of white, bone and pearl-grey marble that contrast with a stormy grey cement, creating a bold and graphic appearance that complements the interior design of this home. Storm tiles create a contrast to the white walls but still maintain a light and fresh flooring finish that is ideal for the coastal location.

The durability of Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles also makes them suitable for outdoor applications. Fibonacci Stone is stronger and has a higher density than ordinary terrazzo. The low porosity and, more importantly, the consistency in the material results in higher resistance against external elements and maintains a more even wear over time without losing its aesthetic appeal.

Far from a ‘typical’ beach house, this North Bondi home is a modern masterpiece with high-quality materials that will never go out of style.

Sarah Waller’s Glass House

Nestled in the scenic Noosa Valley,  Sarah Waller’s Glass House features the clean lines and minimalist details of a mid-century modernist home, such as a near flat roof and long expanses of full-height glazing, which help to create a wonderful sense of transparency. The monochromatic palette of the finishes includes black timber joinery and Arctic Ice terrazzo tiles from Fibonacci Stone, which extend from the interior floors to the floating patio to create a seamless connection between the two spaces.

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Sarah Waller spent 20 years conceptualizing her dream home and found the perfect location in Noosa for her light-filled, mid-century-inspired design. Its chic, monochromatic palette is enhanced by Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles, which extend beyond the interior to blur the lines between inside and out.

Sarah Waller leads the multi-award winning residential design studio, Sarah Waller Design, which is location in Noosa on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. She moved to Australia from the UK with her family in 2006 and has since built a reputation for her bespoke residential designs.

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Featuring a unique spectrum of pale greys and cool blue accents, Fibonacci Stone’s Arctic Ice terrazzo tiles provide a subtle and versatile finish suited to a wide range of interior colour schemes where a neutral, cool and textured finish is desired.

Sarah Waller’s Glass House is an example of architectural simplicity at its very best. The addition of Fibonacci Stone’s Artic Ice terrazzo tiles brings an extra layer of elegance to this mid-century inspired home.

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The Sweet Factory House by Folk Architects

A former sweet factory in the inner-city Melbourne suburb of Collingwood has been transformed by Folk Architects and our terrazzo tiles are a standout feature in both the kitchen and bathroom.

Collingwood and neighbouring Fitzroy have a rich history in chocolate making. MacPherson Robertson, inventor of Freddo Frog, had its factory located in neighbourhood before selling to Cadbury in 1967. The former Craig & Hales Confectionary Factory also has a sweet heritage in Collingwood – the factory was converted into a residence some time ago and the latest owners approached Folk Architects to design alterations and a second-level addition.

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We’ve been fans of Folk Architects for some time. Founded by Christie Petsinis and Tim Wilson in 2011, their projects include Medhurst Winery in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, Yoke Yoga in Torquay and temporary cafe Hortus in Melbourne’s Docklands.

The Sweet Factory House features an upper level that pops over the heritage facade to frame an outdoor terrace, master bedroom and adjoining bathroom. A key feature is a perforated pink sheet metal bridge that links the new extension to the existing form. Spanning 14-metres, it is a playful reference to the home’s industrial past and creates a spine through the warehouse. Its perforations also filter light through to the lower level.

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Folk Architects chose terrazzo tiles for the kitchen island bench, which have been laid in perfect squares to create a geometric feature in the space. The bathroom extends the application of terrazzo beyond the floor – it’s also a robust and stylish feature of the walls.

The Sweet Factory House has seen shortlisted for a Dulux Colour Award this year. Winners will be announced on 10 May – we know which project gets our vote!

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Calibre Chadstone by David Hicks

Eminent Australian interior designer David Hicks has teamed up with leading men’s fashion brand Calibre to create the bold interior of its new Chadstone store.

David Hicks, whose studio is Australia’s premier destination for luxury-oriented interior and building design. Hicks established his award-winning studio in 2001 and is celebrated for his streamlined, elegant designs.

The design of the Calibre store at Chadstone is a wonderful example. Referencing Italian Modernism, Hicks describes the space as a “sophisticated masculine atelier with a hint of old-school nostalgia”.

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The new store features a refined, masculine palette of lacquered ebony veneer, turquoise and gold along with Fibonacci Stone Fossil terrazzo tiles which are a dominant interior finish throughout the space.

Hicks chose to feature terrazzo on the walls as well as the floor and seleted Fossil thanks to its subtle grey base and warm natural grey-to-brown marble aggregate detailing which complimented the Calibre interior scheme perfectly.

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Hicks explains that the Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles on the floor and walls add another dimension to the space. “The beautifully crafted tiles inlaid with marble chips are reminiscent of modernist Italy and provide an alluring depth of detail and colour.”

He chose Fibonacci’s Fossil terrazzo tiles to complement his vision for the Calibre interior. “Fibonacci had the best range for us to select from and we fell in love with the colour we used,” says Hicks. “It was perfect for the scheme and for what we were trying to achieve.”

Just like a fine Calibre suit or a David Hicks design, we think our Fossil terrazzo tiles will leave a timeless, sophisticated and leave a long-lasting impression.

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