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The Natural Choice for Business

Quatro Design is located in Tweed Shire

From Quatro Design’s humble beginnings since we started manufacturing in Billinudgel, NSW in 2004, we’ve grown into one of the largest manufacturers in Tweed Shire, Northern Rivers, NSW.

When the time came to expand our operations The Tweed was a natural choice at which time we relocated to our factory in Murwillumbah in 2013. We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of service and quality of products on offer by our suppliers and the skill-set available from the local community.

Quatro Design has been Manufacturing in the Tweed Shire since 2004

We count ourselves very lucky to operate within the inspirational backdrop that the Tweed Shire has to offer: pristine beaches, world class surfing, turtle and whale sightings, rain forests and most notable of all – the green caldera. This ancient volcano site is a natural amphitheatre recognised alongside Daintree and Kakadu as one of three most bio-diverse regions in Australia.

The town of Murwillumbah is nestled along the banks of the beautiful Tweed River and is in close proximity to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park.

The Tweed Shire

This backdrop has been the inspiration for the natural form and shapes of some of our pot, planter and street furniture ranges. It also highlights our responsibility towards the environment and as such we have implemented many practices in our manufacturing process to reduce and minimise our environmental footprint. Our most recent upgrade has been the installation of a new solar system. For more information please read our blog on greener manufacturing.

In conjunction with the team from businessthetweed.com.au (a Tweed Shire Council initiative) we produced an informative video on our factory and operating a successful business in The Tweed. Click on the following link to watch the video and meet our team: Quatro Design Factory in Murwillumbah

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Photographs taken by Jack Perkins. Jack has been a valuable member of our team since 2011, he pursues photography as a hobby and we’re all big fans of his work!

New Zealand Shopping Centres

Quatro Design in New Zealand Shopping Centres

Quatro Design’s landscape pots, planters and street furniture ranges are made in Australia to strict quality standards. We are proud to supply our products to some of the most influential players in the local landscape and building industry.

In recent years we’ve expanded our reach and have successfully supplied GRC seat planters for shopping centre upgrades and developments in Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch, New Zealand.

Sylvia Park, Auckland

With more than 200 retailers on offer, Sylvia Park is known as New Zealand’s premier destination for food, fashion, lifestyle and entertainment. Since its development in 2006 Sylvia Park has grown into New Zealand’s largest shopping centre.

We supplied our DELTA range seat planters for use inside the mall. The GRC DELTA I in white compliments the interior styling theme of the shopping centre and provides rest and respite to all shoppers. The DELTA incorporates indoor plants to provide greenery to soften the retail surrounds.

Quatro Design Delta Seat in Sylvia Park

Westfield Riccarton, Christchurch

We are incredibly proud of the exclusive seat planter range we’ve designed in collaboration with the Westfield Group, and have manufactured another beautiful seat planter for Westfield Riccarton in Christchurch.

Quatro Design manufactured the white GRC base whilst the timber top was manufactured locally in Christchurch to compliment and match the rest of the timber used on site.
The seat planter and plant selection add the finishing touch to the interior design theme for all the public seating areas.

Quatro Design Seat Planter for Westfield Riccarton

We look forward to building our relationship with local shopping centre developers and landscapers in New Zealand and love seeing our products being used more across the pond. In addition to our standard GRC pot, planter and street furniture ranges we can assist with custom designs and manufacturing to suit each individual project too.

Quatro Design – where landscape meets architecture

Caterpillar to Butterfly – From mould to beautiful pots

We love custom projects and seeing collaborative design ideas transform from initial sketches to a beautiful final product and the 1200 custom bowls for Robina Town Centre, Gold Coast, was no exception.

When asked to add offset line detail to one of our classic pot shapes we leapt at the challenge.

Mould-making requires literal out of the box thinking whereby we approach pot manufacture from the outside in. This blog shares the creative journey from pot design to installation to give you a sneak-peak of what some of our custom pot manufacturing steps entail.

We are also proud to hand-manufacture to order right here in Australia.

Design to Mould

The final design is transformed into a plug (pattern) which forms the internal shape of the mould.

Silicone is applied and a fibreglass shell follows.

The mould is now ready for our GRC (Glass-fibre reinforced concrete) production process.

Final Touches and Delivery

Once the pots have cured they move to our detailing department to ensure that each pot complies to our stringent quality control procedures before they are wrapped and prepared for delivery.

The completed pots look great once installed and compliment the interior styling theme.

We had a lot of fun with this custom design project and look forward to sharing more of our designs and projects with you in future.

For any custom design and manufacturing queries contact our office on 02 6672 1190 or send an email to sales@quatrodesign.com.au, we’d be delighted to assist with your next project.

Quatro Design – where landscape meets architecture

Brisbane’s Fringe Bar reborn as The Osbourne Hotel

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.  


elements of byron bay resort

Quatro Design is proud to have been involved with Elements of Byron, a new resort and spa development located in Byron Bay.   

Opening in early February 2016, Elements of Byron takes architectural inspiration from the native flora and fauna of the area. Organic and feminine in form, the low impact single-story pavilion blurs with its surroundings, with the landscape and interiors typically Australian in style.

The Byron region is home to many great artists, glass blowers to ceramicists and painters, with the resort commissioning several of these local artists to produce work in various media. In keeping with the desire to keep all things ‘authentically Byron’, Quatro Design in nearby Murwillumbah produced various GRC (glassfibre reinforced concrete) elements for the project’s outdoor spaces.  These included a 2.3 metre diameter fire-pit, pool-side stools and side tables, and Quatro’s new ‘Avocado’ seat in in the day spa.  All were made in a colour palette inspired by the resort’s unique natural surroundings.

custom tree rings for tract

Following our 4 part mould making blog series we finally have the finished, fully installed tree ring. These tree rings were specified & designed by Tract for the Monaco Apartments project in Rhodes, Sydney, and made in 3 sections to form a 4m diameter ring. The overall project included 3 of these tree rings alongside multiple bowls, planters & troughs from the Quatro range.

boulder rolls into the hamilton

The Hamilton is a new residential & commercial project in Brisbane, designed by Woods Bagot for developer Shayher Group. The public outdoor spaces of this project feature our new street furniture range, Boulder. Boulder was borne collaboratively with design development from Surya Graf of Street & Garden and the mould making and manufacturing expertise from the team at Quatro Design.

Boulder at The Hamilton features seating and bollards coloured with orange and cream oxides and fitted with skate deterrent buttons.

new flinders range

A new addition to the Quatro product range is the Flinders street furniture collection manufactured in GRC (glass fibre reinforced concrete). Designed by acclaimed Australian designer Alex Lotersztain in collaboration with Street & Garden Furniture, the Flinders Collection was originally produced in precast concrete for the Flinders St revitalisation in Townsville.

Modular in nature, the collection offers an array of seat combinations that can be linked to create flow within the outdoor space. Benches come in varying lengths, some with 90 or 120 degree angled returns.  Options include recessed timber seat sections, timber seats spanning between benches, and one bench with lightbox seating.

These modular benches complement many contemporary urban design projects.  For more information, contact us by phone or email.

congratulations adam robinson

Adam Robinson is a great supporter of Quatro Design, so here’s just a shout out to say congratulations on your latest spread in Real Living. Amazing as always! Here’s some images of the project featured in the magazine article that Adam sent us. 

Check out more of Adam’s work at www.adamrobinsondesign.com

dragon trees australia

For several years Quatro pots and planters have been on display at Dragon Trees Australia, complementing the spectacular, architectural plants grown at the Chinderah nursery near Tweed Heads in northern New South Wales. 

The display garden at the entrance to the nursery is worth a visit by itself.  It typifies the modern outdoor area with timber decks, feature screens, stone-clad walls, built-in gardens and both small and large plants grown by Dragon Tress Australia.  A 2.3 metre diameter Quatro Designer Bowl planted out with a large dragon tree sits atop a 3-metre high, stone-clad square column. There’s also a separate display area featuring Quatro planters.

Jason Jarrett is the principal at Dragon Trees Australia.  He has focused on growing architectural plants from around the world, such as the Dragon Tree (dracaena draco), Tree Aloe (aloe barberae), Blue Nolina, Agave, Furcraea, and Dasylirion.  These plants exhibit characteristics ideal for much of Australia – hardy and drought tolerant.  They’re highly sought after by landscape architects, designers and clientele who want that special look for their projects. 

On Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7, Dragon Trees Australia will be having a plant sale where the general public can buy architectural plants at significantly reduced prices.  Quatro Design will also be involved – we’ll have numerous pots, bowls, square and rectangular planters on display for sale

So if you’re after that special plant with matching planter, come along to the Dragon Trees Australia sale on December 6-7.  The nursery is located at 13 Waugh St, Chinderah.   Their website is www.dragontrees.net.au.