Month: March 2015

madame brussels lane

Located at 50 Lonsdale St in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD lies Madam Brussels Lane. A revitalized retail precinct named after the notorious Melburnian, Madame Brussels, brothel owner and resident of Lonsdale Street.

It was a delight to work with Place Partners in helping to create a vibrant urban space using planters and street furniture from our GEM range. The brightly coloured GEM pieces stand alongside some of our trough and cube planters with custom timber details. Huge 1200 x 1200 cube planters had timber bench seats attached, while smaller scale trough planters had timber ‘slips’ made for an outer covering, adding warmth to a predominantly concrete environment.

We look forward to revisiting this space when the plantings become a little more established. Beautiful, fun, vibrant work!

glassfibre reinforced concrete finishes

Here at Quatro Design we have been making glassfibre reinforced concrete (GRC) pots and planters boxes for over a decade and in the last 12 months we have seen an enormous shift in the desire for unique finishes. Textured, painted, high-gloss, earthen, we’ve even played with a wood-grain finish, here are a few examples of what can be achieved with a GRC product.

PITTED FINISH – this surface treatment is achieved by coating the mould in a mix of rock salt and wax, once the pot is cured and removed from the mould the rock salt and wax mix is washed off with a high pressure hose leaving this stunning organic, molten, aged surface.

MOULD LINERS – this finish is achieved by using one of Reckli’s Rough Cast liners. Check out the amazing range of designs available here

PAINTED – GRC can be successfully painted in any colour although some will be easier to maintain than others (ie scuffing on a matt finish) and it is recommended if the planter is outside to choose a suitable UV resistant paint. Our most popular painted finish at the moment is a matt terracotta look which is used predominantly on the SOUL planter, a traditional flowerpot shape. The vibrant, earthen orange teamed with the huge sale of these pots is eye-catching and fun. While rust-effect paints are still popular in the designer bowl and U bowl ranges.

TIMBER CLAD – only recently were we commissioned to make a timber clad planter, consisting of a full GRC inner, with a timber panelled sheath to go over the top. The end result is not only visually stunning but also a great way to increase the longevity of the timber as it doesn’t come into direct contact with the soil.

I’m thinking a rose gold metallic finish on a U bowl is next on my wishlist! Stay tuned.