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

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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

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

Discover Platinum – a symbol of prestige and dependability

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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.

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.

All of our products – including Platinum – are fully stocked with no lead time and can be delivered within 7 days.

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Photography by Haydn Cattach | Styling by Bek Sheppard

Otherworldly in shape and form – Abstrakt

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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

Share the joy! All of our tiles are Stocked Items with NO LEAD TIME!

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After a three-year overhaul to our supply chain, Fibonacci Stone 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.

“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.

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

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Photography by Haydn Cattach / Styling by Bek Sheppard & Nat Turnbull

Cloudburst – a stunningly contemporary finish

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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.

Cloudburst 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

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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

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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

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Photography by Haydn Cattach

Hero image styled by Nat Turnbull

All other images styled by 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