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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%.

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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!  

Thank you for reading!

~Christine Rice

 

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 EnglandFranceSpain, and other European countries. 

Valletta's top tourist attractions today include: 

St. John's Co Cathedral

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

The Manoel Theatre--one of the oldest and grandest theaters in Europe

 

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.  

~Christine

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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Thank-you for reading! Please comment with any questions you may have about QAQ decorative screens or panels.

Cheers!

~Christine

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