We know our GRC U Bowl planters are pretty robust, but how well do they perform in a cyclone? Now we know the answer.
Recently we received this email from Gary Hewitt at Future Scene Landscaping who wrote:
Thought u might like this pic. We installed these pots for FKP Hayman Island back in 2014 ? Attached pic after cyclone 2016, now u know they are Cyclone rated.
Gary’s referring to Cyclone Debbie that hit Queensland’s Whitsundays region on March 28 last year with 263km/h winds and tidal surges. Hayman Island was hit hard and suffered considerable damage. But its good to know our planters survived unscathed.
The Fringe Bar in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley has been a local landmark for the past 15 years. Its now been reborn as The Osbourne Hotel, reverting to its original name when the hotel was opened way back in 1864.
The newly-renovated Hotel has a 400-seat bistro and beer garden that features Quatro Design hemispherical bowls made in GRC concrete hanging from the glass-ceiling. Plants drape over the rims of the the bowls as part of the tropical, natural light-filled ambiance.
The charcoal-coloured GRC bowls were custom-made by Quatro Design. They are attached to the ceiling beams by means of aluminium centre posts that have been powder-coated to a matching colour.
Barangaroo has come a long way since the massive development within the Sydney CBD began several years ago. This past week I was down in Sydney, and while walking through the lane ways in the area I saw several Quatro Design planter products. Firstly, there were numerous 1200 Designer Bowls, oftentimes nested with pots of varied styles and made of different materials. The contrast in styles works well together.
Then there’s the Pocket Park featuring a range of our Civic square and trough planter boxes. We supplied these several years ago for a temporary garden area during the Barangaroo construction phase. Now the planters have been re-purposed in the Pocket Park. They’ve been repainted in bright colours, and now sit amidst the outdoor ping pong tables and street furniture. It all looks very chic and cool.
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.
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.
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’.
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.