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average ones. Eco Outdoor offers “textural
things – earthy things –‘eco’ is ‘from the
earth’,” Jen says. In line with this, the
company doesn’t sell faux stone.
They take the best components and
materials from around the world to create
their products. “Product development and
curating a selection of products are two
things we do really well,” Jen says. “We
have a limited number of the best and we
try to do that in every product range.”
For instance, she adds, they have eight
travertines and limestones and only “a
couple” of terracottas.
Stone is sourced from countries
including Italy, France and China as well
as Australia, and Eco Outdoor is involved
from the quarry stage all the way through.
They then create their own blends, for
use on walls, for example.
Various blends of stones are used in
different patterns, such as random ashlar
(a square and rectangular pattern) or free
form (irregular shapes) to create a choice of
wall styles. Pam says people are interested
in looking at different textures and colours
to traditional WA limestone.
“We tried to do something that takes
the design cues and presents them in a
cost-effective way,” Jen says.
Being almost Australia-wide means
many items can be centrally sourced,
allowing savings, she says.
Pam adds: “We have things you’ve
never seen before, like lampshades
made of old farm wire.”
The Perth showroom was designed by
Rick Eckersley and has plenty of natural
light and air-flow for a true alfresco feel.
“One fantastic thing about the WA
showroom is we have two courtyards
outfitted with furniture, paving and
walling,” Pam says.
It’s the largest Eco Outdoor showroom
in Australia, she says “and probably the
most genui ne indoor-outdoor one”.
Pam and her husband, Peter Thomson,
have a history with outdoor products,
“It’s the largest showroom and probably the
most genuine indoor-outdoor one”
CLOCKWISE from top left Pam Thomson in the alluring,
new Eco Outdoor showroom in Osborne Park; beautiful, sturdy
outdoor furniture is among the products available; customers
can choose from various types of stone flooring.
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