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

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