Posted: 31st October 2018
Posted: 31st October 2018
Posted: 26th October 2018
Arup is a worldwide independent firm of designers, engineers, architects, planners, consultants and technical specialists working in many areas of infrastructure with the aim to shape a better world for the future. Their buildings are award winning and span all over the world; just some of their most well known projects include The Sydney Opera House, The London Eye and The Beijing Stadium (Bird’s Nest).
As part of a reconciliation with traditional owners of the land in Australia, Arup wanted to pay their respects and have some custom plaques made for their different office locations that would honour the traditional owners. Using Australian native timber, each panel was laser etched and placed inside a custom in-house made frame featuring laser cut indigenous inspired illustrations created by Gilimbaa.
If you would like some custom made plaques made for your business, contact us about how we can create a customised piece for your office.
Posted: 16th October 2018
For this project we were happy to welcome back a customer, Fossil. We have previously designed some trophies for Fossil but this time we were given the task of creating some timber boxes to house Champagne and glass flutes for their Executive Leadership Team.
Keeping true to their vintage and classic design aesthetic we wanted to incorporate the raw edges of the timber instead of coving them up. The final design also kept the natural look and feel of the timber with no stain or varnish. We then finished up with laser-etched text onto the lid.
Wanting to create some custom boxes for an event or a gift? Contact us today for a quote, we would love to create something unique for you!
Posted: 26th September 2018
For an upcoming awards night at the Aquis Gold Coast Turf Club, the team there contacted us to create some boxes for the winners that contained a golden horseshoe. Having previously created the perpetual trophy for their Gold Coast Cup event, we were excited to work with the turf club again to create some more unique pieces.
The box features laser cut out patterned details around each side, which tie into the existing style from their trophies. This laser cut filigree reveals blue details showing from beneath the screen.
If you are wanting a unique product made for your business, contact us today we would love to have a chat about how we can make your idea become a reality!
Posted: 16th May 2018
Potato Press is a Gold Coast based design company that specialises in creating unique and memorable products across a wide range of industries. So, when the Commonwealth Games Committee approached us to discuss designing the medal boxes for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, our team unsurprisingly jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this historic event.
Taking place every four years, the Commonwealth Games took place on the Gold Coast shores from the 4th to the 15th of April 2018. The multi-sport event invited members of the Commonwealth to compete, with more than 4,400 athletes, including 300 para-athletes, from 71 Commonwealth Games Associations, taking part. Potato Press were honoured to be able to contribute to this piece of Gold Coast history.
The design and construction
The design and construction of the medal boxes was no easy feat. 1,600 individual pieces were required, and it took a great deal of work and coordination to ensure they were all uniform and finished to the highest standard. At Potato Press we pride ourselves on thinking outside the box and wanted to create something nostalgic that could be treasured for many years to come. We wanted athletes to take something home that paid testament to all the hard work they had put into winning the medals contained within.
The finished products were made from Australian Blackbutt timber, with every piece hand finished, taking up to 2-3 days to complete. The laser cut boxes resembled a stylised version of the sand and waves that line the iconic Gold Coast shore. Looking down through the cut outs to the medal within, invoked the feeling of looking through the water to the seabed. With the ocean forming such an important part of the Gold Coast experience, it made perfect sense to incorporate these features into the design.
An exciting project for our entire team!
“To know that the fastest man or woman at the Commonwealth Games, or some of the 4,400 athletes competing are going to be taking these pieces all across the world is phenomenal.”
The internal timber facia was inscribed with the three driving words behind the 2018 Commonwealth Games: Humanity. Equality. Destiny. Our team were enamoured by the embodiment of this message across the event, and the hardworking crew who worked on the medal boxes look forward to contributing to the rich and thriving culture of the Gold Coast through more innovative and exciting projects.
Got a project you’d love to see come to life? Contact our team today!
Posted: 16th April 2018
Located in north Queensland about 15 minutes east of Bundaberg, the Mon Repos Turtle Centre & Conservation Park is one of the Queensland Government’s most prestigious animal encounter and protection projects.
Home to the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific, Mon Repos offers unique turtle encounters, school excursions and more for those interested in learning more about this prized animal population.
In honour of one man’s hard work and dedication to turtle conservation, we were tasked with creating a custom award for Dr. Col Limpus for his invaluable 50 years of turtle research, spanning from 1968 to 2018.
Wanting to create a modern yet memorable award, we chose solid blackbutt timber with custom brass cut elements and UV print acrylics, adding laser etched artwork and custom paint accents to the rectangular-shaped design of the award. With the turtle logo and Dr. Col’s name prominently displayed, we added a unique portrait etching of Limpus with a turtle for added sentimentality.
We hope Dr. Col loved this award as much as we do, and congratulations to the Queensland Government for their hard work in preserving Australia’s natural beauty and turtle populations.
Posted: 19th March 2018
One of our most prestigious custom design projects, we were contacted to build a custom case for the 2012 London Olympics gold medal rowing team from Australia!
Designed specifically to be free standing or mounted on the wall, we chose an encapsulated veneer and Australian blackbutt timber frame for a classic, timeless look that paid homage to our Aussie heritage.
Laser etched elements were integrated to display the London Olympics logo, as well as the gold, silver and bronze medal finalists and their times, and UV printed acrylic was used for the Olympic rings on the top layer of the award case.
The gold medal was prominently displayed in the centre of the case, and two photos of the Australian team were displayed below for an added touch of sentimentality. We are thrilled to take part in honouring our local Olympians and gold medal winners, and know this custom case will be treasured for generations to come.
Interested in displaying your award in a customised case? Get in touch with our skilled team of professional designers for more information.
Posted: 21st September 2017
Located 60 kilometers southeast of Los Angeles, the city of Costa Mesa has grown from a semi-rural farming community in California to a suburban metropolis, primarily known for its temperate, beachy climate and assortment of retail and commercial spaces.
With a new Vitae Costa Mesa housing development currently underway, we were contacted by a marketing team to create custom timber pieces to complement the style of the houses being sold.
After looking at the design outline, we created a series of Vitae A-frames and floor plans, all hand assembled in our Huntington Beach workshop and made of solid timber. Made with a custom shape, our highly skilled team members also used a cnc router and UV printed marine ply, drawing attention to the laser etching and engravings as well as the mechanical hinges.
We loved creating beautiful pieces for these Californian homes, and the future residents enjoy them as well!
Do you have a project you’d love to see come to life? Contact our team today!
We are so proud to showcase one of our most recent and important jobs, the Emmanuel India Project, a partnership project between Queensland’s own Emmanuel College and The Institute for Indian Mother & Child (IIMC).
With a goal of raising $50,000 to fund, build and run a brand new, monsoon-proof concrete school in West Bengal, India, by November 2017, the Emmanuel India Project realises the importance of providing education to children who may not otherwise be able to attend school, be it due to overcrowded schools, a lack of teachers, or no access to transportation. With a current illiteracy rate of 56%, West Bengal’s children deserve a better, happier future through education.
Emmanuel College, with two locations in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, is one of the leading schools in Australia. With 1,500 students and some of the best academic results in Queensland, its alumni includes prestigious accolades such as olympic athletes, international CEOs, national performers and social justice advocates.
The funds raised through this partnership, in addition to building costs for the school itself, will also cover students’ fees through the IIMC global sponsorship program, provide teacher mentorship through Emmanuel College’s ongoing PLAID program, and facilitate alumni volunteering both in and out of the school.
For our contribution, we utilised our team’s wealth of experience and creativity with custom timber joinery, laser etching and engraved details, and a laser cut custom timber veneer. Using both Queensland blackbut and a solid Red Cedar frame, our project was designed and built entirely in-house.
We are thankful to be a part of this heartwarming project, and look forward to leaving a lasting impression for such an important cause. Do you have a custom project you’ve been dreaming up? Feel free to get in touch for more information.
Here are some great shots from photographer Alister Randal documenting the day of the reveal.
We even created custom branded packaging for the big reveal!
Posted: 20th February 2017
This was a special project created for a US client. The custom wooden box features a laser etched image, detailed joinery and dovetail corners all constructed from American White Oak.
Posted: 10th January 2017
A charming coffee house and restaurant located in Byron Bay, The Roadhouse features a menu of nourishing whole foods, gathering much of their inspiration and ingredients through sustainable farming and sourcing of the best locally-grown produce. Featuring a rotating daily menu of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner items proudly displayed on their Hunter & Gatherers Board, The Roadhouse is an Australian staple for foodies, locals and visitors alike.
Tasked with creating a custom cover for their in-house espresso machine, we laser-etched the popular ‘Roady’ branding onto beautiful native hardwood timber, reflecting their passion for the use of natural materials. Adding classic joinery design and a simple laser-etched ‘Take Away’ under the custom branding, we are proud of our latest work for this sustainable, eco-conscious local business.
(Photography from The Roadhouse)
(Photography from The Roadhouse)
Posted: 1st December 2016
Founded to provide quality, innovative natural stone products across Australia, Macrostone has built an all-encompassing community of architects, landscape designers, interior designers, distributors, builders, trade contractors and retail customers with a love for unique stone designs in both commercial and residential spaces.
As part of Macrostone’s sales team, stone and marble samples are part of the everyday tool kit, necessary for showcasing their passion for quality product and inventive design possibilities.
Briefed with creating a Custom Display Box, we crafted a sleek rectangular box, perfectly fitting the various samples for easy showing. As a branded addition the project, we added a custom sliding lid with the Macrostone logo, including an easy-to-slide handle and modern design.
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