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Aluminum Finish Trend Presentation Videoaluminum finish video

Want to push the boundaries in decorative trim?

The trend presentation covers finishes developed around themes presented as mood boards.  View the video to see options available to you in aluminum trim design.

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Helix | Modern Aluminum Finishes Enhanced with Texture

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Jul 16, 2014
Helix Group

Helix Surface Collection


noun \ˈhē-liks\
: the shape formed by a line that curves around and along a central line

This group of finishes on aluminum plays with cylindrical patterns. Mechanical finishes on aluminum surfaces enhanced with texture to give an illusion of movement. Layers of authentic aluminum merge together to provide modern twist on authentic finishes.

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Exploring Dark Aluminum Finishes

Posted by Mitch Larson on Fri, Jul 11, 2014
dark aluminum surfacesOur Presence mood board features black to near black aluminum finishes. Some finishes feature black tints in order to allow a brushed background through, while other finishes utilize high gloss piano black and varying levels of texture and gloss.

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Favorite Finish | Rich Color Tones on Aluminum Trim

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Jul 02, 2014
DES-1359-A anodized look on aluminum

Guest Blogger

This article is part of a series from my co-workers on their favorite finishes. Sharon Olson, our guest blogger this week, chose a transparent tint over brushed aluminum. This is a great example of how elegant, yet soft decorated aluminum can be. Transparent tints often can take on the appearance of an anodized surface. A selective area of a transparent tint can provide accent for a border or coordinate with a seconary pattern for interest and layers of decoration.

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Design Resource - Micro Aluminum Patterns eBook

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Jun 25, 2014
Micro finishes on aluminum

Micro Surface Collections

Micro structures for decorated finishes on aluminum are those which have design elements showing small scale and very close alignment. Lines, dots, squares, ovals – all have potential.
Use as seen or customize to fit your design. 

Explore the possibilities:

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Organic Linear Aluminum Finish

Posted by Mitch Larson on Fri, May 30, 2014
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carved aluminum GC rough cut

The Inspiration

Linear cuts are carved into this thick piece of metal leaving deep grooves. The lines stop short and may pick up elsewhere creating a random linear pattern. As the lines are carved, a tooling chatter is left in the valleys of the cuts adding to the organic look of the surface. 

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Dimensional Finishes Using Multiple Layers of Brushing

Posted by Mitch Larson on Wed, Apr 23, 2014
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Our Multilayered mood board features dimensional finishes focusing on the layering of simple geometric shapes. Selectively brushed areas are layered over bright aluminum with a layer of texture added for further dimension. The layering of processes creates movement and depth for these aluminum surfaces.

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Resigned Micro Black Textures on Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Resigned Black Texture Surface Collection

Familiar dots and lines come together in this Surface Collection. Aluminum finishes give the appearance of simply varying shades and glosses of black. A closer look reveals the micro texture achieved through tight alignment of the pattern elements. These finishes are perfect for background decoration on aluminum trim, nameplates and overlays. 

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Sanguine Organic Black Finishes on Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Apr 03, 2014
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Fluid, playful organic finishes on aluminum with black base color are grouped together in this Surface CollectionContrasting gloss levels with the use of screened textures add interest and effectively grab attention. Any of these could be used as overall decoration for aluminum trim, or subtle accent areas for decoration within aluminum nameplates and badges.

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Presence Mood Board - Black Aluminum Finishes

Posted by Mitch Larson on Thu, Mar 27, 2014
dark aluminum surfaces

This series of aluminum finishes are inspired by black surfaces. The first direction that was explored is opaque piano black with selective areas of dull or gloss texture. With the dull texture creating a contrasting high/low gloss combination and the high gloss texture a more subtle effect. With a few finishes combining both a high gloss texture and a selective dull.

Another area explored are near-black finishes where the metal is still allowed to show through a dark tint. This is especially prevelant on the brushed patterns, where the brush needs to show through the dark tint. In these cases, a texture is added to enhance the brush grain.  

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Authentic Woven Wire Interpreted to Aluminum Finishes

Posted by Mitch Larson on Thu, Mar 20, 2014
Woven metal finish GW920

The Inspiration

This woven wire mesh features thick bands of metal tightly wound with the tops being flattened creating oval shapes within the mesh. These ovals are layered over a wide flat band of metal.

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