FAUX-CORTEN PLANTERS


Westfield Stratford City, London E20
Planter rim detail in PATINA finish
Westfield Stratford City, London E20
Westfield Stratford City, London E20
Westfield Stratford City, London E20
Westfield Stratford City, London E20
Westfield Stratford City, London E20

IOTA’s FAUX-CORTEN PLANTERS DELIVER THE DESIRABLE LOOK AND CHARACTER OF WEATHERED STEEL, WITHOUT THE COST AND OTHER DRAWBACKS WHICH CAN BE ASSOCIATED WITH GENUINE CORTEN STEEL.

All our faux-corten manufacture is to-order and to your specification, and we do not hold in stock a standard range of shapes and sizes. 

Faux-Corten planters are available in two different finishes:

1. Plain

  • This is a metallic paint finish, with light copper and dark bronze tones; but the overall colouration is relatively uniform and matt, and the surface has a slight texture. The effect is generally suggestive of the natural Corten aesthetic, without being a very definite look.
  • This finish is applied to planters made from zinc-plated ‘Zintec’ Steel; and is achieved by painting with the specialist polyester powder coat Mars 2525 Sablé [YX355F] from Interpon's Collection Futura 2014 - 2017 range.

2. Patina

  • This is not a simple paint finish; but is instead a labour-intensive process of accelerated ageing, designed to replicate naturally weathered Corten steel. The finish is multi-tonal, with bronze, rust and copper hues within a variegated patina; and the surface is smooth, with a slight sheen.
  • This finish is applied to planters made from Mild Steel. The planters are first chemically-weathered, over a period of several days until the desired effect is achieved. The weathering chemicals are then neutralised; the planters cleaned; and the planters are finally sealed with a clear lacquer polyester powder coat.

The Patina finish is much more definite than the Plain finish, and is much truer to weathered Corten. However the Patina finish results from a manual and artistic process, and thus variability within the finish is to be expected; whereas the Plain finish is a standardised finish, which can be consistently replicated.

Faux-Corten planters, in either finish, are robust and hard-wearing, and are suitable for all environments. However true Corten Steel is a material with unique properties, and Faux-Corten is not a substitute for the exceptional durability and longevity of true Corten.

IOTA custom-manufactures Faux-Corten planters in any shape or size, from simple geometric shapes to complex architectural designs. CAD models can also be generated for approval against a design brief.

  • Material 1.5mm mild steel (or thicker, as required, up to 6mm)
  • Coating Polyester powder coating – either coloured, or clear lacquer
  • Construction Faired externally with smooth corners and edges
  • Colour Specialist powder coat colour, or chemically weathered
  • Surface Matte or satin
  • Suitability All environments, including public realm
  • Guarantee 5 years against manufacturing defect
  • Height-adjustable feet, or recessed wheels
  • Lifting brackets or raised base for movement by forklift
  • Internal water reservoir
  • Thermal insulation
  • Attachment points for root ball anchoring systems
  • Galvanised liner with lift-out handles for rapid plant changeover
  • Sacrificial liner for large-scale, specimen tree planting

IOTA’s standard terms for bespoke manufacture in this material are:

  • Quotation Basis Product supply only
  • Delivery Basis Palletised delivery to-site
  • Delivery Area UK, Worldwide
  • Country of Manufacture United Kingdom
  • Production Leadtime 4-6 weeks
  • Payment Pro Forma

Alternative terms subject to negotiation and agreement

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