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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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..
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.
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.
When it comes to planter pots, we probably make the biggest in the world. Up until recently our largest pot was the 2.2 metre diameter U Bowl at 1 metre high.
But here at Quatro Design, we like to push the boundaries in manufacturing GRC planters. We’ve now released our new supersize bowl collection– ranging from 1.6 metres diameter up to a whopping 3 metres in diameter!
So what to call this new bowl collection? Renee in Accounts suggested calling them ‘Sumo’ bowls while Chris who is one of the Quatro Design owners came up with ‘Mega’ bowls. Then our estimator, Justin, topped the list with ‘super bowls’. So Justin wins — we’re calling it the ‘Super Bowl’ collection.
Quatro Super Bowls are now available to order.
Do you remember the Castrol advertising campaign “Oils Ain’t Oils” with Sol and his gangster friends – designed to introduce the motorist to ‘man-made’ synthetic oils? The point of the ads was that not all oils are the same. Likewise, products made in GRC (glassfibre reinforced concrete) are not all the same in terms of quality and durability.
Two recent emails we received clearly illustrated this reality. The first email was from an architect concerned that the planter boxes in a project he had designed had developed an ugly discolouration on the outside surface. The architect had specified Quatro Design planters for the project, and he therefore assumed that we had supplied them.
The photo the architect sent us showed the planter exteriors had developed a mottled, uneven appearance with efflorescence leaching from the walls around the base. We have been making planter boxes for over 12 years but I have never seen any of our planters looking like this.
From a close examination of the photo we could see that the planters were not made by Quatro Design. We also checked our records and saw that we had quoted a builder to supply the custom planter boxes but we had never received an order for them. The builder had instead purchased and installed a presumably cheaper alternative which also turned out to be an inferior alternative. The cost to the builder in rectifying the problem will be considerably more than the initial saving he made.
The second email we received was from a home owner in Sydney who had had a ‘GRC’ bowl water-feature installed in 2013 by a landscaper. The bowl developed cracks around the rim, and it was replaced with a similar bowl in 2014. This second bowl has now also developed cracks around the rim, and is disintegrating around the base so that it no longer holds water.
Because of the design, the home owner thought that the bowls may have been purchased by the landscaper from Quatro Design. She attached several photographs which confirmed to us that we had not supplied the failed bowls. She now plans to order a genuine Quatro Design GRC bowl. I’m confident she won’t be disappointed. I have a similar-sized bowl in my own backyard that features water lillies and gold fish. I installed almost it almost 10 years ago, and its still as good as on the day I filled it with water.
The lesson is that not all GRC is the same, and you generally get what you pay for.
At Quatro Design we use the best materials available in our GRC pots, planters and street furniture products that we make right here in Australia. We don’t cut corners in their manufacture, and we provide a two-year warranty. So while you may pay a little more, you also get a superior product.
Today, Monday 28th November, we launch our brand new website. We hope you like it as much as we do.
Several months ago we realised that our old website was not particularly friendly for browsing on your mobile phone. Also, it was starting to look a bit dated even though we frequently received comments on how visitors liked it. So, we asked Ionline based on the Gold Coast to build us a totally new website using up-to-date software.
In conjunction with the launch of this new website, we’re also launching several new product ranges. They include the Deco collection, the Hub Combo stool/jar planter collection, and the Delta seat-planter collection. Also, we’ve added new products to existing collections such as our U-Bowls and Cylinders.
We’ve prepared a new price-list which includes all our existing and new products. If you’d like an electronic (pdf) copy, send an email to Renee requesting it. Her address is firstname.lastname@example.org