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The Sunbaker heats up at Operation Zaatar

Operation Zaatar

Two passionate hearts “on a mission to celebrate the authentic flavours of their Lebanese heritage” are behind the recently opened Sydney eatery, Operation Zaatar.  Named after the herb grown by their grandfathers, as well as the flavourful blended spice condiment, za-atar, the family owned café looked to Strutt Studios to create a contemporary interior that drew on this heritage.

operation zaatar operation zaatar“Operation Zaatar is a boutique bakery offering Middle Eastern comfort dishes, share plates and pastries, and this unique hospitality concept offered an opportunity to create a bespoke interior to match – whereby the interior design not only represented the visual identity of the Operation Zaatar brand, but allowed us to experiment with products such as the Fibonacci Stone’s The Sunbaker tile in unconventional ways,” says Sophie Bowers, director of Strutt Studios.

operation zaatar

operation zaatar“The design concept for Operation Zaatar stemmed from the colours and organic texture of the Zaatar herb in its natural landscape.  Burnt oranges and muddy greens are balanced by soft beige tones, and as the design developed, The Sunbaker tile was one of the first finishes to be specified,” she says. “Not only does The Sunbaker colour scheme mimic that of the scorched scenery from our concept, but importantly, we knew that the flooring had to be the most durable product in the entire fit-out. This was another key reason why we specified Fibonacci Stone, because the technology behind the product meant that we could confidently assure our clients of its longevity”.

operation zaatar“The Sunbaker tile became a key driver in the design development process as we focused on making the giant oven feel balanced within the interior. Our lead project designer created a beautiful skirting detail with The Sunbaker around the oven and counter, and due to the soft pattern and organic finish of the tile, these bulky items were given a weightless appearance,” says Sophie. “Additionally, this stunning tile was used as a feature bench top on many of the joinery pieces, in another nod to traditional construction methodology.”

Fibonacci Stone Creative Director, Michael Karakolis agrees: “The Sunbaker is ideally suited to honest, organically inspired architecture, and this is a great example of form, function and heritage coming together beautifully.  It’s very much what we are about here at Fibonacci Stone, and heartfelt congratulations to Strutt Studios, the builders Sheeth Projects and to Operation Zaatar on a fantastic result”.

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.”


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