Quatro Design is celebrating 16 years in business this week. It is a time to reflect and look back to our humble beginnings and what we’ve achieved so far.
Originally set up to design GRC (Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete) products, Quatro Design merged with a GRC manufacturer in 2004 and started designing and manufacturing landscape pots and planters from a small shed in Billinudgel near Byron Bay, NSW. To keep up with business growth we eventually relocated to a larger factory in Currumbin on the Gold Coast. In 2013 we moved to our current larger and modern factory in Murwillumbah, NSW to keep up with product demand.
We have subscribed to one simple guiding factor along the way and that is celebrating basic shapes and forms and focussing on timeless simplicity to ensure that our pot, planter and street furniture ranges compliment rather than compete with the surrounding landscape. This is combined with our commitment to provide the best quality landscape products to the Australian market.
Our employees continue to play an important role in our success. Their passion and commitment to designing and manufacturing modern and contemporary urban landscaping products and solutions have been invaluable. Our products are predominately made by hand with minimal use of machinery, and the care and attention to detail that goes into every design and the production process is evident in the attractive styling and consistent high quality achieved.
It certainly has been an interesting journey thus far, with our custom design and manufacturing projects topping the list as the most rewarding. We enjoy working collaboratively with architects and landscape architects on projects from the conceptual planning phases right through to delivery. There are some exciting projects in the pipeline, and we look forward to sharing them with you over the coming months.
We are grateful and humbled by our Client’s continued support over the last 16 years. Without it our amazing journey would not have been possible. Ultimately their creative landscape installations and urban greening solutions allow our products to shine. We’ll continue to meet and support them at the intersection where landscape meets architecture.
We’re optimistic and excited about our future and can’t wait to see what we’ll achieve over the next 16 years.
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.
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..
Back in late 2011 when I wanted a plant screen between our patio area and our neighbour’s back yard, I decided on using fast-growing bamboo.
Bamboo can make great visual screens, but one of the concerns many people have about planting bamboo is that the roots will undermine their walls and paths, and take over their back yard.
We had around 4.5 metres of wall to screen, and so I chose to use three 1500mm long troughs from our 500 Modular Series of planter boxes. The three trough planters are in our standard sandstone colour, and butt up to one another against our side timber fence.
My next step was to choose the best bamboo for our situation. There are many types of bamboo, short and tall, some with running roots and others with clumping roots. So choosing the right bamboo for the area and intended purpose is critical.
On visiting Bamboo Down Under here on the Gold Coast, I chose to plant Bambusa boniopsis. According to their website,
Bambusa boniopsis grows to 4 mtrs in height and makes a fantastic screen or hedge.
It has a vase shaped form, in that it is very tight clumping at the base and fans out towards the top, with very dense foliage.
Boniopsis is also great for creating shade, without having to plant a large bamboo.
My next step was to plant out my six pots of bamboo plants (two per planter box). I used a growing media called Bioganic Earth developed by John Daly of EcoEnvironment (see www.ecoenvironment.com.au). John is an experienced horticulturist and former curator of Brisbane’s Parks and Gardens. (Hint — we stock and sell John’s Bioganic Earth at Quatro Design).
Within a few months of planting, the bamboo had sprouted new shoots and was well on the way to doing what I’d hoped it would do — make a decent visual screen. Now almost a year and a half later, we have an attractive wall of bamboo, as you can see in these photos.
So if you’re concerned about bamboo roots getting our of control, a great solution is to plant them in a suitable container, such as a GRC planter made here in Australia by Quatro Design.
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