Named after the Northern Territory city of Darwin here in Australia, QAQ's laser cut decorative screen pattern 'Darwin' features intersecting and overlapping circles of even-width lines with hexagonal centre circles. It is a beautifully harmonious pattern that would work well with either a classic or modern interior or exterior decorating asthetic.
This pattern has a 50% privacy and sun block-out rating, making it a suitable choice for when you want just a bit of privacy or shade, or simply to delininate a room with beautiful and striking style.
QAQ manufactures a number of circular patterned screens, some of which we have previously spotlighted here on our blog, including the minimalist 'Capri' pattern, exotic 'Budapest', and the elegant 'Valencia' pattern.
'Darwin' has a classic, uncomplicated simplicity about it that has made it a popular choice for our customers. Shown here are some of our favourite installations of this design.
Above: For our platinum retail distributor, Living Effects, a 'Darwin' wall of 600mm x 1200mm screens cut in smooth-grain compressed hardwood were painted in a russet red and featured as part of an 'Autumnal' display room. This room features two inverse patterns of our 'Autumn' design in the 'rusty metal' corten.
At the chic bohemian boutique, Camilla's, at Melbourne's stunning Emporium Mall, a large 'Darwin' screen painted white creates texture on a plain white wall. Next to it is our 'Istanbul' design.
In a more unusual installation, 'Darwin' screens were placed over mirrored recesses in a modern bathroom.
Lastly, in one of the easiest and most popular methods of enjoying laser cut decorative screens, a compressed hardwood 'Darwin' screen hangs as decorative art on an outdoor patio wall. Standoffs were used to hold the screen a few centimetres off the wall, giving it a more sculptural, three-dimensional quality. Learn how to hang a decorative screen on a wall in our full tutorial here.
QAQ participated at the 2017 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show this year with sponsorships for Water Features Direct and FMSA Architecture.
Firstly, our striking joint exhibition with Water Features Direct featured a large pergola made out of QAQ laser cut decorative screens in a variety of designs and materials. Large water features and a small pond surrounded the pergola, making it a lovely, quite serene-sounding and contemplative little corner of the garden show. The show took place in mid-April at the Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, over a few days of mixed sunshine and light showers.
The large pergola was constructed mostly out of 1200mm x 600mm compressed hardwood panels. The back wall featured a large Cor-Ten ® 'Tree' design with acrylic backing.
The top of the pergola was made up of panels in the 'Suva' pattern, with 'Cayman' panels just below.
In addition to the Water Features Direct pergola, QAQ also sponsored the entry of FMSA Architecture in the annual Cubby House Challenge. The Cubby House Challenge is a design competition where designers build amazing children's cubby houses that then get auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the Kids Under Cover charity to prevent youth homelessness. FMSA's 'Kooky Cubby House' entry was a futuristic design made with QAQ's help in the CNC routing of it's ceiling and 3-D printing technology. It featured sensory delights for kids such as fur-lined inner seating, glowing ceiling lights, and synthetic-grass steps. It was quite a delight for us to watch the oddly-shaped parts of this strange cubby house all come together over the weeks leading up to the show!
Other exhibitions included many mini-panaromas of garden retreats, patios, and enchanting spa alcoves.
Our favorite exhibition was this adorable Hobbit House, beautifully landscaped with flowers. It even had a little smokestack that puffed out smoke!
To see more photos from some of the various home and garden shows QAQ has participated in over the years, see our latest Pinterest board here!
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The laser cut intersecting circles of our exotic 'Budapest' decorative screen design makes this pattern a nice choice for a casual interior decorating scheme.
Not quite floral, yet not strictly geometric, this symmetrical pattern sits somewhere between a modern and a traditional style.
It also has a 40% sunlight block-out rating, which provides just enough shade or privacy to be practical in addition to being beautiful, no matter where or how it is installed.
In this installation, gold-toned, powder-coated aluminum screens are used as space dividers in a modern style hair salon.
Mild steel, aluminum, and ACM (aluminum composite material) can all be powder-coated a number of colors within the QAQ manufacturing factory located in Melbourne.
In this modern, yet slightly quirky kitchen installation, 'Budapest' screens cut in MDF (medium density fiberboard) are painted a light gray to contrast with white walls.
MDF is one of the most inexpensive materials screens can be cut from, though it is strictly to be used indoors only.
Laser cut decorative screens have many uses, but one of the less common is as added security! Here, 'Budapest' screens cut in brown powder-coated mild steel are installed over windows, providing shade, privacy, and an added deterrent to break-ins.
Compressed hardwood is the most common material used for garden, pergola, privacy wall, and fence decorative screens. Here, large 'Budapest' screens provide shade and privacy on a front entry deck, creating an interesting, inviting welcome area for the home.
In a Melbourne gaming pub shown here, two beautiful 'Budapest' screens of two different sizes add an element of the exotic in cream, powder-coated, aluminium.
QAQ wholesalers to retailers, builders, landscapers, and many other Australian businesses throughout Australia.
We can custom cut screens in a wide variety of sizes, designs, materials, and finishing options.
For retail, see our list of distributors located throughout Australia here: Stockist Distributors List
To see more installations of 'Budapest' as they come in, as well as to see truly bohemian interior decorating inspiration and to find out more about its beautiful Hungarian namesake, follow our 'Budapest' Pinterest board here.
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QAQ's laser cut decorative screen known as 'Valencia' is a beautifully modern, intersecting and overlapping circular pattern. This design has a 60% sunlight block-out rating, making it an ideal choice for window shade and pergolas that are exposed directly to sunshine.
Here are some installations of this classic design followed by a brief look at its namesake city, Valencia, Spain.
'Valencia' installations here were used to block-out direct sunlight at a commercial site. These were cut in 3 mm ACM (aluminum composite material), which is an ideal indoor or outdoor material that can be powder-coated a large variety of colors. Other metals suited to this type of large outdoor installation range from corten (rusty metal), mild steel, and aluminum.
This installation of 'Valencia' in a QAQ supplier store display is in white-painted MDF (medium density fibreboard). This material is used for indoor installations only and comes in various thicknesses: 3, 6, 12, or 18 mm. Also featured in the above photo is QAQ's 'Istanbul' design used on one of our custom-made light boxes.
All QAQ's laser cut screens look great when used against a plain painted wall for decorative interest. Here's 'Valencia' in compressed hardwood (Weathertex brand) used on a residential patio wall.
To see more installation photos of QAQ's 'Valencia' as they come in and to see more photos of the city of Valencia alongside them, follow our Pinterest board 'Valencia' here.
For retail store locations, please see our Stockist Distributors List
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