Making magical outside spaces
For over 19 years
Fresco was established in 1998. We are proudly NZ owned, and have been providing cover for homes, schools and businesses for many years. We designed and developed this award winning product range ourselves, and we can custom make a shade to fit most situations.
Our mission is to “Enhance customers’ lives by creating magic outdoor spaces, allowing Kiwis to enjoy their outside living all year long.” From the beginning our emphasis has been on innovation rather than replication, and our range of awnings and canopies now encompasses our unique “outdoor room” concept, as well as several other unique styles.
What sets us apart from the rest
Our values are based on going the extra mile, and we can often provide a custom made solution where our competitors can’t. Our team includes designers and engineers, as well as some very agile installers! At Fresco Shades we make our own sturdy steel frames and components, and powder coat all metal in our own powder coating facility. We also have a showroom and a deck with various canopy options so that customers can experience the product and ‘try out’ the various types of curtains.
Our range of cafe curtains/side screens can be used to enclose the canopy as soon as the weather changes (every 10 minutes in Auckland!). Alongside the manual zip and roll curtains, we have our new Glidetrak system, which is very easy and effortless.
We take quality seriously, and use only the best architectural grade PVC fabric from France for the waterproof roofs of our canopies. Our clear PVC for side screens/curtains comes from Japan, and is a very high grade quality for maximum longevity.
We aim to provide an excellent product and great customer service. We get a real buzz out of seeing the difference our shades make to people’s lives.
Canopies & screens
Fresco are the proud winners of Best canopy* 3 years running, along with best side screens for 2 out of the last 3 years. We have also had international recognition from our affiliates overseas for excellence in design. Our awards speak volumes for the quality and design excellence that we constantly strive for.
* OFPANZ (Outdoor Fabric Products Association of NZ)
Meet the Fresco Team
Scott enjoys meeting people and discussing ways to make the most of outdoor spaces no matter the season. He loves his job because every day he gets to work with a fun and creative team. “At Fresco the product is fantastic and I am impressed by the passion of our staff and how we are committed to finding new ways to be innovative, either with products, design or overcoming a challenging site. This commitment is reflected in the multiple awards won by Fresco Shades.” He enjoys hearing the exciting feedback we receive from our customers & the positive impact a canopy has had at someone’s home, school or business.
Catherine has a varied background in business management, mostly in the landscaping, horticulture and fencing industries and has also spent some time in the not for profit sector. Catherine loves meeting people with service being paramount to her along with providing quality, user friendly, value enhancing solutions. That’s why Catherine loves working at Fresco! In her spare time she spends time with family and friends, works around her lifestyle property and get lots of pleasure from music and caring for her animals.
Jackie is a recent addition to the team and has a background in selling new homes and also a passion for interior design. In her spare time she enjoys boot camp, walking her dog, reading and relaxing at the beach. Jackie loves coming up with a design to suit the house and the look customers are aiming for.
Initially Tomo started with Fresco as head of fabric production, and moved on to become a Sales Consultant. Tomo likes the challenge of finding the right solution for his customers, especially on tricky jobs when customers find it difficult to explain exactly what they require. With his design skills and ability to listen, Tomo enjoys translating the customer’s brief into a solution that makes them happy and creates a space that changes their lifestyle. Outside work, Tomo spends most time with his wife and children, doing up his home, and during the summer season, also does some filming of Auckland’s top sailing regattas.
Ravin has been with Fresco Shades since 1998 and has been involved in all aspects of the product. Ravin designs our canopies and oversees production and installation. He is a keen DIYer, and often finds innovative solutions to tricky problems.
Megan joined Fresco in 2009, and brings extensive experience in management, marketing and advertising. Her current role is Managing Director, but she also leads the sales team, looks after Fresco’s marketing and wears many other hats. Megan loves working with such a great team at Fresco, and is constantly amazed at the creativity and problem solving skills that enable Fresco to tackle some very challenging projects. Such projects really stretch the team, but often win awards, and this has been the icing on the cake from a marketing perspective!
It makes her day to hear from customers who say their outdoor room has changed their lives and offered much more than they expected. Megan is a past president of our industry group (OFPANZ) and remains on the executive committee.
Oliver joined Fresco in a customer services role, after his previous role as an IT help desk role. Oliver has a keen interest in all things computers as well as paintball.
Richard is the CEO and founder of Fresco Shades. He is passionate about the difference a canopy can make to people’s lives, and it makes his day to see the excitement from customers over their new canopies. Richard thrives on challenges, and constantly seeks to improve the range of products Fresco offers. In his spare time, Richard loves boating, diving and fishing off his jetski.
One of our sales reps will visit your home or workplace for a free, no obligation quote.Our reps will look at your situation, measure the space and advise how best to proceed. They will show you some fabric samples and steel colours, and discuss side screen options. Within a few days we will come back to you with a quote.