Category: Designer Planters

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.  

 

Barangaroo

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.

Quatro Bowl outside Reserve Bank of Australia

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.

two-tone fusion pots

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..

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.

the langham hotel sydney

The Langham Hotel, which has won almost every prestigious domestic and international award, is a superb urban retreat known for its tranquil, boutique ethos, recently underwent extensive refurbishments to the tune of $30 million. A complete redevelopment of the lobby, dining areas, guest rooms and ballrooms saw London based design firm GA Design transform the hotel with classical & elegant design aesthetics and most importantly opening up the hotel to magnificent harbour views.

Building works were overseen by ICMG and Quatro Design was proud to be a part of the finishes schedule, including numerous GRC planters including window planter boxes on the Kent St entrance, and cube & trough planters boxes on the harbour side balconies. A single custom designed painted grc planter at the centre of the formal dining room was a hit with the design team and a few others have been commissioned for this project.

For a truly memorable stay in Sydney be sure to check into The Langham at www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/sydney/

pacific bondi beach

Pacific Bondi Beach is located on Campbell Parade, immediately behind the world-famous Bondi Surf Club and beach. The project sees the redevelopment of the old Swiss Grand Hotel site.  It combines luxury residential apartments with a boutique hotel (QT Hotel), and a retail and food precinct.

Quatro Design supplied the planters for a large open courtyard area within the development. These included small and large planters from our U Bowl and Designer Bowl ranges ranging from 650mm up to 2.2 metres in diameter.  We also supplied the planters with custom saucers.

quatro planters stand out at the star

Many who have visited The Star Casino at Darling Harbour in Sydney will have seen the large Quatro Designer Bowls at the front entrance to the building.  More recently Quatro planters were installed on the rooftop deck areas as part of the Casino’s upgrade.

The installation of over 50 planters required five semi truck-loads to deliver to site.  It included four of our 2.3 metre Designer Bowls plus many 1.5 metre diameter planters from our U-Bowl range.  All were painted in bright red colours.

 The Quatro Design planters were specified by Occulus Landscape Architects, and were installed by Regal Innovations.

Currumbin RSL Cenotaph Memorial Gardens

Congratulations to Mick Stovin of Green Mandala for the amazing job he and his team have done at the new cenotaph memorial garden at the Currumbin RSL. Mick completed the project this week just in time for the upcoming ANZAC day commemorations.

Quatro Design is honoured to have been involved in the project.  We supplied a number of planters and street furniture elements including our new SOUL 2200 seat planter.  The bowl for the eternal flame water-feature was also supplied by us.