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MELISSA GERKE | Content and Presentations Specialist

mgerke@streetfurniture.com

Melissa creates entertaining and informative experiences for professionals in the public space. She runs Studio Workshops across Australia and the US, and Factory Tours closer to home in Regents Park, Western Sydney.

What inspires you?
I love seeing landscape architects transform public space into beautiful and accessible areas enjoyed by all.

Your favourite product and why?
The Linea Planter is the winner for me. Landscape architects were consulted early on to design this sleek planter. It not only looks good, but optimises the health of the plant. The planter comes with a wicking bed and an inner liner so the soil bed doesn’t overheat, protecting the roots. I love products like this that combine outstanding design features and practicality.

Linea Planter (LP3-BAT) Rectangular S with hardwood battens, Textura Woodland Grey frame. Paired with Linea Bench and Linea Cube.



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recent news

Earthy Pastels: now with UV resistance

You can now specify Street Furniture Australia’s popular Earthy Pastels colour range with the assurance of brilliant colour for years to come. That’s because the UV resistance currently applied to the Durabright Range has been added to Earthy Pastels as standard. The Earthy Pastels range was introduced in July 2022 to meet popular demand for contemporary muted hues. As Earthy Pastels were increasingly specified across a wide range of landscape design projects, it was important to ensure the full range of colours would retain their brilliance in the harsh Australian climate. The Earthy Pastels range includes eight colours inspired by the Australian landscape. Muted shades in Mustard, Dusty Pink and Pale Eucalypt green are inspired by the desert. The blue ocean and sky are represented by the hues Horizon Blue …

  • 23 may 2024
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Why choose the original Linea over reproductions?

Successful products are often followed by copycats. Over the past year we have become aware of an increase in reproductions of the Linea range attempting to create a similar aesthetic at a lower price. This can compromise the overall durability and environmental credentials of projects being delivered, affect ongoing maintenance requirements, and in some instances pose a risk of injury to the public. The design of Linea is deceptively simple while delivering exceptional attention to detail. Details matter not only for beauty, but also for providing durability, and safety, that will last decades. Linea strictly uses the highest quality and sustainable materials, has passed rigorous strength tests, and is designed for longevity, with easily replaceable parts. The product range is the result of hundreds of hours of research and development …

  • 26 apr 2024
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Book a Factory Tour

Street Furniture Australia’s factory in Regents Park, Western Sydney, is both a manufacturing hub and R&D studio for our Australian-designed and made street furniture products. We host fun and informative factory tours for customers throughout the year, to show how our products are designed, tested and built, and to share our latest products and projects. This is a free group event catering to landscape architects, architects, and asset managers from government agencies. Director of Tract Julie Lee said of the tour: “It was a great opportunity for our team to look behind the scenes and understand the innovation, research and climate positive outcomes Street Furniture Australia is focusing on. Thank you for having us!” Place Design Group Associate, Liam Isaksen said: “The factory tour is a fun experience to learn …

  • 20 nov 2023
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