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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.

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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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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

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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Scroll Ice Cream by Studio Twocan & One Design Office

If Scroll Ice Cream’s sweet icy treats weren’t tempting enough, its new flagship store looks good enough to eat. Its pigmented concrete bar is inspired by the layers of flavours and fruits that go into a serve of Scroll ice cream. Who would have thought a solid material like concrete could look so soft and appetizing?

Scroll is Melbourne’s first Thai cold-plate ice creamery – think of liquid ice cream poured onto a sub-zero tepenyaki plate, refrozen flat and then rolled with a blade to create delicious scrolls.

Scroll engaged Melbourne architecture practice One Design Office to create the design for their flagship store. The architects explain that they wanted an ‘ice-cream-like’ material that was fresh, fun, organic, durable and structural. “It led us to think … what if we could mix colours into poured concrete?”

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One Design Office worked alongside bespoke construction company Twig and Co and Studio Twocan to bring the multicoloured design to life. Vibrantly coloured concrete batches were mixed on site before being poured into a framework mould.

Studio Twocan have already captured out attention for their beautiful layered ‘cement ceramic’ designs. Sisters Maddie and Becc Sharrock colour the cement using pigment to create an organic layering inspired by Australian landscapes. In the case of the Scroll flagship store, their colour inspiration was drawn from fruity ice cream flavours.

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One Design Office and Studio Twocan told Dezeen: “The monolithic façade of Scroll Ice Cream’s flagship store stands out in a crowd. The design looks to encapsulate both the product and manufacturing process of mixing icy layers of flavours and fruits.”

We love how the design gives this rock-hard substrate material a sense of fluidity and softness. It’s a solid design – and it looks tasty, too!