Special commissions are
a fundamental part of QM's portfolio and demonstrate
QM's ability to push both design and manufacturing
boundaries to the limit. Architects, designers and artists
are encouraged to discuss their ideas with QM's design
team at concept stage. This initial consultation often
proves useful in providing information concerning technical
details, suitability of materials and approximate costs.
Working with versatile materials like terrazzo, concrete
and mosaic allows enormous scope for QM and the designer
to create visually stunning effects. Treated essentially
as a "liquid stone", these materials are fluid
and flexible and can be moulded into the most intricate
of shapes, thereby encouraging the use of complex, curved
A fine example of this concept is "A Carpet for Newcastle".
Designed by the artist Thomas Heatherwick, it features beautifully
sculptured terrazzo benches that earned the company the coveted
Yellow Pencil award for "The Most Outstanding Design
For Leisure" in 2003.
QM's renowned "one-stop-shop" approach offers
designers a huge choice of materials and colours to work
with from subtle natural stones to brightly coloured terrazzo
and mosaic. Combining these with other complementary materials
such as glass and metal allows truly unique designs to be
produced. QM can undertake commissions for both small and
large projects – further information available on request.