Working with the interior landscape designers at international company Ambius, we recently completed a series of
installations for the Wellington corporate market. Each job was unique – conceptualised by design staff in consultation with the customer, and then drawn up for Metal Art to deliver.
Good green walls take time. “Each project has its own small challenges,” says Ambius Customer Care Executive Trish Campbell. “It’s important the end result, which takes some months to mature, is as close as possible to what the customer visualises at the outset.” Plant selection is key to a successful wall. “The designer needs to not only take account of the surrounding environment, but also how the plants will grow out into the vertical space.”
Ambius needs to know the support structure will aid, not hinder, the wall’s growth. “When, for example, a recent job brief was for hanging plants, we decided the pots needed to sit on an angle within the frame,” says Trish. Incorporating lightweight aluminium Karaka pots, the Metal Art production team came up with the answer right away.
The trend in green walls and our partnership approach has created for our team a considerable track record in fabricating the structures Ambius requires. “We find Metal Art very responsive to our design needs, and always ready to share their ideas," concludes Trish.
Metal creations for every purpose
Our Architectural Furniture division is geared to supply manufacturers, contractors, public organisations and business owners with metal components for furniture and fittings of just about every description, and for all manner of purposes.
Function and flair at Burrito King
Recently for instance, we fabricated a series of extractor fan covers for a Mexican fast food restaurant.
The brief – a structure that would be fully functional in separating the work area from the customer in a tight space, and look good as well! While that job was going through the factory, we were also making some special bird feeders for the rare and precious takahe that live on Mana Island, off Wellington’s west coast.
For the restaurant job, the popular Burrito King on Willis Street needed to shield its extractor fans that hung almost right above the public counter. The space was limited, it was important that the fittings would not interfere with food preparation or customer service, and the landlord had imposed some restrictions on how they could be secured.
Sitting down with the customer, our staff designed a simple yet functional structure, passing it on to the powder coating plant for finishing in Burrito King’s colour of choice – Schweppes Yellow.
That job worked so well, we were commissioned to make similar structures for other casual dining establishments in Wellington.
Helping save our takahe