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How a curious student and a dose of heartfelt nostalgia led to a very special Fibonacci Stone creation.

Fatima's Reflection

If there is one product that exemplifies the Fibonacci Stone story, it’s the tale of Fatima’s Reflection, from our Muse range.  Creative Director, Michael Karakolis, takes us along on the journey.

“I spend loads of time overseas at our manufacturing partners, working on literally hundreds of ideas and sample variations for new stone designs.  I imagine them, then we create them, test them, change elements, and refine them.”

“It was during one of these trips that a young university student – who was doing general office admin – showed an interest in what I was doing, and began enquiring about the colours and the design creation process.  She was really curious, and I couldn’t help but reward this interest by letting her have a play with the samples in the lab.”

“One of my designs particularly resonated with her, and whilst I was away, she continued to work on it, showing a real instinct and passion for colour.  Next time I went back we refined it further… creating a very beautiful stone. I then asked her about what the design meant to her, and she simply replied, ‘It reminds me of home.’

“Of course, we had to name it after her, and thus, ‘Fatima’s Reflection’ was born…”

A heady mix of warm hues, redolent of the colours and aromas of Fatima’s homeland, Morocco, we’ve conjured a tagine-ful of cayenne, cumin, saffron with just a smattering of aniseed, to create this tribute to a colleague’s heartland.   

“We told her to look out for the product, and she was thrilled to be recognised in its name, and as its muse.”

Fatima finished her studies and is now back in Morocco. “We heard from her just recently, and guess what?  Fatima is getting married and has asked my family and I to attend. To me, this story embodies the core values at the heart of Fibonacci Stone – it’s where our working relationships directly forge beautiful concoctions  – and it’s why we prize our working partnerships so highly.”

Photography by Haydn Cattach | Styling by Bek Sheppard | Hero image styled by Nat Turnbull

Otherworldly in shape and form – Abstrakt

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.

Abstrakt 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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Photography by Haydn Cattach | Styling by Bek Sheppard

Khaki Jam serves up a mouth-watering delight at St Kilda’s Piccolina Gelateria

Piccolina Gelateria

Melbourne’s strong Italian heritage is well reflected in our culinary obsessions, – try counting its proliferation of coffee houses, pasta bars and delicatessens.  And when it comes to sweet-treats, true Italian-style gelato is a delicacy that seams to defy trends – and even seasons – it’s a year-round pleasure.

Leading Melbourne design practice Hecker Guthrie have created a mouth-watering look for the new St Kilda favourite, Piccolina Gelateria, giving a big nod to the celebrated 1960s Italian era of ‘la dolce vita’ (literally, the sweet life).  A palette of green and white, with warm timber touches creates a fresh backdrop for the store, which been designed to bring people together in the enjoyment of choosing and enjoying the traditional flavours.

 

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This palette is enhanced with the use of Fibonacci Stone’s Khaki Jam tiles underneath the open-counter and on the entrance floor.  Perfect for this seaside setting, Khaki Jam’s design pays homage to natural landscapes of muted greens, browns, rusts and greys, and is brilliant for blending into a subtle room scheme such as at Piccolina Gelateria.  Set within an earthy bone-hued cement base, the mixture of mostly warm shards and stones are given freshness by cool khakis, pale olive and laurel – a mix that sounds almost as delectable as a Piccolina’s gelato.

 

In this era, with customers demanding that the design and appearance of a store is equally as satisfying as the goods they produce, it’s always a pleasure to be involved in projects of this calibre, and we congratulate both Piccolina Gelateria and Hecker Guthrie on another sweet success.

Photography by Shannon McGrath

Discover Fibonacci Lands Edge Terrazzo

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 – Lands Edge is one of those products you’ll want to reach out and touch.

Lands Edge 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.

Fibonacci Stone are the only Australian terrazzo stone company with a totally planned inventory – which means that our entire collection is available right now.

All new releases – including Lands Edge – are fully stocked with no lead time and can be delivered within 7 days.

Lands Edge

Lands Edge

Lands Edge

Photography by Haydn Cattach

Hero image styled by Nat Turnbull

All other images styled by Bek Sheppard

NEW RELEASE: Fibonacci Dark Neues Terrazzo

Dark Neues_Terrazzo

Like its counterpart, Neues Grey, Dark Neues was inspired by mid C19th Brutalist forms. Dark Neues combines complex, craggy forms set into a deep grey base, according it a robust and powerful appearance.

Neues is where architecture and nature collide to create a distinctly robust, unapologetic homage to the hard-edged beauty of Brutalist forms.  Intense but never overpowering, the Neues range plays on light on shade, each with a faint warmth to be found within its base.   Fibonacci Stone’s founder and creative director Michael Karakolis, describes the Neues range as having been “developed with the driving intent to create the perfect hard surface stone for main floor areas.  We’ve found that it creates an incredibly versatile base palette for lighter or more moody schemes, as the subtle colouring of greys set within a contrasting warm base provide a light appearance overall, but it also provide the best performance characteristics of a darker floor.”

“We’ve designed the Neues range with variations in the aggregate size, from a traditional terrazzo look right down to very refined superfine blend, so the designer may control the impact of the tile in the overall design – and the floor texture can be scaled up or down, according to the project,” says Michael. “They can also be used together  – it’s not incredibly noticeable when viewed en masse, but on closer inspection a beautiful new layer of interest will emerge.”

Read more about our Neues Collection.

dark_neues_terrazzoFibonacci Stone are the only Australian terrazzo stone company with a totally planned inventory – which means that our entire collection is available right now.

All new releases are fully stocked with no lead time and can be delivered within 7 days.

FibonacciStone_Dark Neues Terrazzo

FibonacciStone_Dark Neues Terrazzo

FibonacciStone_Dark Neues Terrazzo

FibonacciStone_Dark Neues Terrazzo

Photography by Haydn Cattach

Styling and Art Direction by Bek Sheppard

Story cover image – Photography by Haydn Cattach & Styling by Nat Turnbull

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

Cool Stream

Cool StreamCool 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.

Freckle

Freckle

FreckleFreckle

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

The SunbakerThe Sunbaker

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.

road trip_fibonacci stone

road trip

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

Let’s turn up the Neues.

Here at Fibonacci Stone we take our inspiration from many things – art, architecture, travel, fashion, history, nature and, of course, Australia’s thriving design scene.  It’s our design intent to be responsive to the current market trends, but to also lead the way with more directional offerings, all backed up by Fibonacci Stone’s unparalleled quality in materials and manufacturing, and also importantly, availability.

Recently we’ve taken time to edit our range – we’ve refreshed a few of our classic designs, and added some stunning new ones (and, there’s more to come).  Fibonacci Stone, now more than ever, is committed to presenting a constantly evolving, fully curated mix of unique Australian designs.

Today, we’re introducing you to one of our most popular new ranges – meet the Fibonacci Stone Neues range.

Neues is where architecture and nature collide to create a distinctly robust, unapologetic homage to the hard-edged beauty of Brutalist forms.  Intense but never overpowering, the Neues range plays on light on shade, each with a faint warmth to be found within its base.   Fibonacci Stone’s founder and creative director Michael Karakolis, describes the Neues range as having been “developed with the driving intent to create the perfect hard surface stone for main floor areas.  We’ve found that it creates an incredibly versatile base palette for lighter or more moody schemes, as the subtle colouring of greys set within a contrasting warm base provide a light appearance overall, but it also provide the best performance characteristics of a darker floor.”

“We’ve designed the Neues range with variations in the aggregate size, from a traditional terrazzo look right down to very refined superfine blend, so the designer may control the impact of the tile in the overall design – and the floor texture can be scaled up or down, according to the project,” says Michael. “They can also be used together  – it’s not incredibly noticeable when viewed en masse, but on closer inspection a beautiful new layer of interest will emerge.”

Please take a look below at the five Neues family members. Oh, and in case your German is a little rusty… or you might have had a bit too much fun in between the museum visits in Berlin…it’s pronounced ‘Noyss’ (as in, different, unusual!)

Fibonacci Neues Grey

Fibonacci Neues

Neues Grey

Inspired by mid C19th Brutalist forms, Neues Grey is raw in its aesthetic, with large, increasingly rugged chips of marble and rock set within a neutral grey concrete base.  Its robust appearance still exhibits a very high-level uniformity and consistency en masse.

 

Fibonacci Neues Grey Fine

Neues Grey – Fine

Inspired by mid C19th Brutalist forms, Neues Grey (Fine) is a striking terrazzo that at first glance appears to be quite monochromatic.

Closer inspection reveals a refined blend of marble and rock within a warm concrete base that presents a high level of uniformity and consistency.

 

Fibonacci Hardware

Fibonacci Hardware

Hardware

Intense, splintered shards form a complex, uncompromising and unconventional terrazzo, inspired by the hard edges and shadows of Brutalist architecture. Gunmetal to mid-strength greys are peppered with occasional amber and olive rock chips, tempering its appearance with a faint warmth.

 

Fibonacci Khaki Jam

Fibonacci Khaki Jam

Khaki Jam

Khaki Jam

A homage to natural landscapes of muted greens, browns, rusts and greys, Khaki Jam, in its versatility, has the ability to mimic the act of camouflage. Brilliant for blending into a subtle room scheme, it can also appear with strength as a stand-alone feature.

Set within an earthy bone-hued cement base, the mixture of mostly warm shards and stones are given freshness by cool khakis, pale olive and laurel.

 

Fibonacci Eventide

Fibonacci Eventide

Eventide

Like the moments between day and night, when the light ebbs and flows, Eventide has the ability to appear either warm or cool. Almost fossil-like in appearance, mixed amongst the small grey shapes and base are handsome flecks of warm orange, amber and olive green.

Eventide combines the strength of appearance of a bluestone, with the complexity of a stunning terrazzo.

 

Photography by Haydn Cattach

Styling and Art Direction by Bek Sheppard

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.

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.