Quatro Bowl outside Reserve Bank of Australia

Whenever Chris or I go down to Sydney we aim to photograph projects where Quatro Design products have been installed.  This week it was Chris’ turn, and he visited 65 Martin Place, home of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Earlier this year, the RBA contacted us to order a 2300 Designer Bowl, the largest in our Designer Bowl collection.  They also wanted the bowl to come in Rust Effect which we achieved by painting the bowl with a rust effect speciality paint containing iron particles.  Following painting, an activator is applied to the iron-rich surface.  This causes a chemical reaction whereby the iron is converted into iron oxide — in other words, rust.  

The ‘rusty’ Designer bowl is now located at ground level along the Macquarie Street side of the RBA building.  It’s been planted out with a Dragon Tree.  We think the two go well together.

 

Stockland Green Hills LED trees

The amazing LED trees in the newly-opened dining precinct at Stockland’s Green Hills shopping centre incorporate 1800mm diameter Designer Bowls made by Quatro Design.  

The LED trees with the planted-out Quatro bowls mounted on top look pretty good by day, but at night they really come alive providing a spectacular light show.  Click here to see a video of the area on the opening night.

 

 

 

 

 

SOFFA GRC Lounge Suite

Former Australian Minister Paul Keating grew up in the Sydney suburb of Bankstown.  Today, Paul Keating Park within the City of Canterbury Bankstown honours his connection to the area.  A new addition to the Park is an outdoor lounge suite made in GRC concrete by Quatro Design.

Back in late 2016, we were contacted by the Council about making outdoor furniture for an “Outdoor reading room” in the Park adjacent to the Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre.  The concept called for three-seater and single-seater sofas made in concrete.  We came up with several design options, one of which was accepted by the Council and subsequently ordered and made.   

Landscape Architect Adrian Webster at Canterbury Bankstown Council has sent us a photo of the installed seats.  He commented that the seats are being ‘well used’.  

The single-seater and three-seater sofas, together with a matching footstool, are now standard Quatro Design products.  We’ve called the collection ‘Soffa’ which is the Swedish word for ‘sofa’.

 

 

George Street Transformation in Sydney CBD

 

If you’ve visiting the Sydney CBD soon, look out for Sydney Light Rail’s transformation of George Street which includes seventy-five Quatro Design GRC planter boxes.  

In October we were approached by Sydney Light Rail to supply  75 custom planter boxes before the end of November.  We said we could do it within the timeframe, and received the go-ahead in late October.  This meant fabricating four moulds for the metre x metre x metre planters on 75mm high feet, and then making four planters  per day.  Delivery required two semi-truck loads.  The planters were delivered on schedule, installed and planted out ready for the opening on 5 December.

Here’s two videos showing the George Street transformation.


New SWELL street furniture collection

Here at Quatro Design we’re regularly adding to our GRC concrete product range.  Our latest street furniture collection is SWELL, seating that hints at sea waves coming into the beach.  How so?

Firstly, there are the wave lines cast into the vertical face on one side of the bench, suggestive of the highs and lows in a sea swell.  And secondly, the two SWELL bench seats where one is convex and the other is concave can be laid out in a curving pattern, a bit like lines of waves coming into a beach.

The curved shape of SWELL gives you flexibility.  You can create a large semi-circle of bench seats, or you can weave the benches in and out. They can also be used to form a low retaining wall for a garden bed behind them.

Alternatively, SWELL benches can also be set up as standalone seating, complemented by the rounded SWELL STOOL that also features the wave line pattern on one vertical face.

For more information, click here on SWELL.

 

 

 

New Quatro Product Catalogue

Since our last full product catalogue was published back in 2014, we’ve added many new products to our product range.  In some cases we’ve added new products to existing collections, and in other cases we’ve introduced entirely new planter and street furniture collections.

We’ve now updated the product catalogue to match what can be seen here on our website.  Its available from our Download section, or you can download it now by clicking on the link below.

Quatro Design 2017 Product Catalogue

Producing this new catalogue meant we also needed to update our Trade price list.  If you’d like to request a copy, email us at sales@quatrodesign.com.au.

 

DrainEZE now standard in all Quatro planters

Back in early June we ran a blog announcing the upcoming DrainEZE drainage hole screen.  Its a simple but effective device made of injection-moulded plastic to prevent the drainage hole(s) in planters from blocking up.  

We’ve now had the injection mould make and taken delivery of the first 1000 DrainEZE devices.  And the good news is that for all new orders received from this time on, the DrainEZE device will be installed as standard in Quatro Design planters.

If you’re unclear on how the DrainEZE device works, click on the animated video below.

 

 

 

two-tone fusion pots

Normally our GRC pots and planters are made in just one colour.  We can’t apply glazes of different colours and then high-bake a pot as happens with clay pottery.

That’s about to change with our new Fusion collection of pots that we’ll be launching in the near future.  Fusion pots will be made in two parts, each in a different colour, and then joined together.  The rendered drawings here clearly shows what the new Fusion pots will look like.

Initially there will be four pots in the Fusion collection — beginning at 400mm in diameter up to 800mm diameter.

We’re currently working on the moulds for the Fusion collection.  As soon as they’re ready we’ll add Fusion pots to our product range so you can order them.  In the meantime, let us know what you think of the concept and design..

 

Pebbles in new Fleurieu Aquatic Centre

 

Its not quite pebbles in the pool, but the new Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre in the South Australian town of Victor Harbour has plenty of our Pebble seats scattered throughout the landscaping.

We made the Pebbles in glassfibre reinforced concrete (GRC) using pure white cement and white sand so they’re naturally white.  We think they look really cool, and they will also be cooler to sit on during hot sunny days.  White reflects heat better and absorbs less heat than other colours.

Coming soon — new drainage device for planters

Keeping the drainage holes in the base of pots and planters from getting blocked is important to ensure good drainage.  The growing media/potting mix can block the holes causing water-logging which in turn can cause root rot in the plants.

Various approaches are typically used to ensure good drainage in pots, such as putting a layer of gravel in first and covering with flyscreen mesh or geofabric.  Here at Quatro Design, we’ve come up with a new and simple device to facilitate good pot drainage — the DrainEZE drainage hole screen.

The device (patent pending) is a conical dome with vertical openings to enable water to pass into an air chamber above the drainage hole.  This greatly increases the area through which water can pass, compared to the drainage hole by itself.

To prevent soil from passing through into the air chamber and then blocking the drainage hole, the moulded plastic device is covered with geofabric that is secured at the top with a press-on clip. The geofabric extends out on to the floor of the pot where it is covered with the growing media.

Depending on the size of the pot, the DrainEZE drainage hole screen will be held in position over the drainage hole by the weight of the growing media on it and the geofabric.  If you’re concerned that plant roots might might move the device from over the hole, it can be glue-fixed in position using a semi-flexible adhesive such as a silicone or polyurethane adhesive.

This new drainage hole will be available within the next few weeks, as soon as the plastic injection mould is machined, and the first batch of devices is made.  We’ll keep you informed.

You will then be able to have DrainEZE drainage hole screen fitted to your Quatro pots and planters when ordering.  We will glue-fix them over the drainage holes so all you need to do is fill the pots with a good quality growing media.

We also plan to sell the DrainEZE drainage hole screen separately so you can fit them to pots you source from elsewhere.