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.
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Decorative screens manufactured by QAQ can come in a wide variety of designs, materials, sizes, and finishes, and the gorgeous 'Cairo' is just one of over 60 patterns you can choose from. This striking installation at a Henley display home in Rockbank, Victoria was too lovely not to feature on its own.
Cut in mild steel and powder-coated in a soft cream to match the outdoor decorative color scheme, this installation is used to provide an interesting backdrop to this outdoor area, while also providing just a hint of shade and privacy. 'Cairo' is rated a low 45% block-out, but other designs can provide up to 90%.
To see many more installations of 'Cairo' as well as our other designs, follow our Pinterest boards, where we feature individual boards on our most popular designs!
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One of QAQ's most modern and minimalist decorative screens designs is our 'Valletta' pattern, named after the beautiful, ancient capital of Malta in the Mediterranean. This design features straight lines divided evenly to create a brick-like layout. It's simple symmetry and classic, versatile style make it an easy choice for a modern Australian home. Here are some of our most attractive installations of 'Valletta', followed by a few stunning images and facts about its namesake to entice you to not only want to install a decorative screen in your home, but to book yourself a trip to Malta to boot!
Featured recently in my post on the Henley Display Homes, this 'Valletta' screen is cut in compressed hardwood in the 'Woodsman' (textured) finish and stained a glowing chocolate brown in the 'Jarrah' stain option. The alternative options in compressed hardwood are to have a smooth finish and/or a dark gray 'Charcoal' stain.
Decorative screens make building a pergola extremely easy, and though QAQ has many more ornate designs, the 'Valletta' design suits this modern Metricon display home especially well. Here the screens are a compressed hardwood that has been painted to match the patio colour scheme.
The advantage of using screens to divide rooms is not only a subtle demarcation of space, but added texture and visual interest to the layout of a modern open interior, which can sometimes seem rather sparse.
Now, to head to Valletta, Malta, for the much older beauty of it's seaside landscape....
Valletta is a cultural capital of Europe with a legendary past. The capital of Malta has one of Europe's most scenic harbors, surrounded by some of the grandest fortifications in the world. It has been called a "city built for gentleman by gentleman" because of its having been handed over to the Knights of John of Jerusalem, known as the 'Grand Masters' and defenders of the Holy Lands that provided shelter for pilgrims in the 11th century. In 1530, the Spanish King, Charles V, gave Malta to the Knights, who then set out to create one of Europe's finest capitals. The grand baroque architecture reflects the knights' stature as aristocrats from the noblest families in England, France, Spain, and other European countries.
Valletta's top tourist attractions today include:
The Casa Rocca Piccola: an aristocratic Maltese home
The Upper Barrakka Gardens and military ceremonies
The beautiful waterfront, featuring a string of cafes and restaurants built in what once were warehouses
I hope you've enjoyed this feature on the 'Valletta' pattern and its namesake, the capital of Malta. For more decorating inspiration and a many more stunning photos of the island of Malta see QAQ's Pinterest board on this design: 'Valletta Screen Design', alongside many more feature screen boards.
Of the 60+ designs that QAQ manufactures, there are a handful that are extremely popular that we see installed again and again, but there are many more fantastic designs to suit a variety of decorating styles that receive far less exposure such as these three Art Deco-inspired screen designs we call 'San Remo', Altona', and 'Elwood'.
Art Deco is a visual arts style that began in France before World War I in a time when the wonders and efficiency of machinery and technology were embraced with a forward-thinking enthusiasm and hope. It took off in the 1920's and grew throughout the 1930's, influencing designers around the globe, until its demise after the second World War.
The motifs of Art Deco designs are symmetrical, repetitive, and non-organic, similar to the processes of machinery. Composed of geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation, it is a design style that renewed a sense of positivity after the devastation of the first war, with its faith placed in technology and machines to rebuild a new, more modern and glamorous future.
Though I have only a few installations of the these three designs to show you, I would like to inspire you to imagine how these three designs might look when installed in modern Art Deco styled homes. Remember, QAQ screens can be cut in variety of materials from compressed hardwood, stained Charcoal or Jarrah, or they can be cut in mild steel, ACM, and aluminum, all of which can be powder-coated in a wide variety of colors to suit an Art Deco interior decorating color scheme. Raw aluminum with its glamorously industrial silver sheen would especially suit these designs.
This first installation is appropriately glamorous, with an 'Altona' screen cut in MDF and painted black with a high-gloss, tupac finish.
Here we see the 'Elwood' design cut in compressed hardwood (Weathertex) beautifully dividing a carport from a backyard living area.
This installation of 'Altona' at the Kingston Hotel, in Richmond, VIC, features 18 mm thick MDF that has been painted a steel gray only upon its surface, giving the design more of an optical illusion, sculptural quality.
Again in compressed hardwood, here 'Altona' is featured enclosing a patio, providing shade, privacy, and of course, Art Deco-inspired beauty.
Now for some present-day Art Deco interior decorating inspiration:
I hope you have enjoyed this brief foray into Art Deco design in modern interiors. To see much more in this style and to see the latest installation pics of 'San Remo', 'Altona', and 'Elwood' as we they come in, follow our decorative screen Pinterest board features, including one just for 'Art Deco Screen Designs'.
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One of the easiest, most practical, and extremely attractive ways to use QAQ Decorative Screens is to enclose an outdoor living space, creating shade, privacy, and beauty all at once. Here's an example of how you can use decorative screens around your patio from a Henley display home in the Woodlea Estate out in Rockbank, Victoria:
Six 2400mm x 1200mm panels cut in mild steel in the 'Babylon' design are installed in an L-shaped pergola and wall enclosure around this modern patio. This size of the screen is one of the larger standard size QAQ manufacturers in all designs and materials. Other standard sizes include 600mm x 1200mm, 1200mm x 1200mm square, and 1200mm x 1800 with a maximum size of 3600mm x 1200mm (depending upon the choice of material). Custom sizes are also available.
There are over 60 designs to choose from and a large number of materials as well, some suited for indoors and some for outdoors. Mild steel is suited for both indoor or outdoor use and is strong enough to be used as a gate or additional security feature. It can be powder-coated in a number of colours, as can aluminium, another versatile option.
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Recently two of the QAQ staff visited the beautiful Henley display homes of Woodlea Estate in Rockbank, VIC. There are many decorative screen installations at the various display homes open to view there, including these gorgeous installations of QAQ's 'Valletta' design in compressed hardwood. This series of installations feature decorative screens used primarily for dividing open spaces, adding a beautiful architectural element to the interior design of the home and providing a sense of intimacy to the spaces they enclose.
A decorative screen partitions the foyer from the main lounge at the entrance of this home. This is a 2400 x 1200 mm standard size screen, one of the larger sizes manufactured by QAQ.
The view from the foyer to the lounge is also partly enclosed by another 'Valetta' in the same dark, charcoal-stained 'Woodsman' grain. Compressed hardwood screens are also available in a Jarrah stain or can be purchased raw.
A third screen partly encloses an open plan office.
Screen installation can be as easy as bolting stylish clamps to the surrounding wall and ceiling.
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The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show starts today at the Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens till Sunday! Head there if you're in Melbs and visit the Dashing Fox Landscaping & Waterscaping information & display booth at stand A-72. Their reps will be passing out brochures with a complete visual guide to all QAQ screen patterns, materials, and finishes. It's a lovely day to go and smell the flowers!
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Kaleidoscopic, geometric, traditional stain glass stars, sharp prisms, and center circles define the decorative screen aptly named 'Christchurch' by QAQ. This intricate design would suit many styles of outdoor and indoor living spaces, modern or traditional, but for the sake of indulging in an architectural style that 'Christchurch' would most perfectly suit, there is no better choice than neo-gothic architecture.
One of the few photographs I have to show you of 'Christchurch' installed is from one of our stockists, Paps Vertical Gardens, in Caulfield, Victoria. This is their lovely garden center patio, where 'Christchurch' compressed hardwood screens are placed on a vertical garden wall. This is a fantastic use of minimal space that would suit urban dwellers or those with small apartment balconies. The screens could also be painted to further brighten up a shady patio area.
QAQ decorative screens can be custom cut to suit any sized window--including one of the most iconic gothic architectural elements, the arched, or lancet, window frame. Here are just a few stunning example of lancet windows I found:
A decorative screen like 'Christchurch' would work well in an arched window cavity for an outdoor living area, or for an indoor wall feature in which you might want semi-privacy and free air flow. Screens can also be made in a variety of strong metals and installed on the outside of windows as an added security measure.
The premiere feature of a truly grand, neo-gothic structure is vaulted, cathedral ceilings. Many of the homes pictured here are from converted chapels and small cathedrals.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief foray into gothic architecture in modern interiors. To see much more in this style and to see the latest installation pics of 'Christchurch' as we they come in, follow our decorative screen Pinterest board features, including one just for 'Christchurch'.
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