Surfaces on Aluminum

How to Dress Up Brushed Aluminum with Patterns

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Dress Up Brushed Aluminum with Patterns

Simple brushed aluminum provides a classic and clean look for decorated trim as well as nameplates and brand identification. While this is attractive, there is opportunity to capitalize the surface area to include intricate patterns and finishes. This opens opportunity for design to be sporty or playful. It also creates an avenue to add a bit of interest or accent an area of the piece of trim.

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Topics: Aluminum Trim, Brushed Aluminum, Custom Patterns

Aluminum Finish Inspired by Layering of Hexagons

Posted by Mitch Larson on Thu, Oct 30, 2014

The Inspiration

Picking up on the popularity of geometric shapes along with layers of processes took us on an exploration of layering of hexagon or honeycomb shapes. Focusing on the positive and negative space as the hexagon shapes are layered. Combinations of textures and visual dimension seemed to abound.

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Topics: Aluminum, Brushed Aluminum, Surfaces, Materials and Processes

Floating Hex Pattern on Brushed Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Oct 22, 2014

Modern and Dimensional Aluminum Finish

Brushed aluminum is a favorite background for aluminum trim decoration. It provides a friendly canvas as the starting point for endless pattern development. Many times a geometric structure is used. Popular finishes can find their way to being featured in the Designer Disc Collection. One of these provides a modern twist to a familiar hexagon shape on brushed aluminum.

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Topics: Geometric Finish, Aluminum Trim, Brushed Aluminum

Beveled Dimension with Halftones and Texture on Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Oct 15, 2014

Bevel Looking Details

Brushed aluminum is a common process when decorating aluminum. Changing the direction or angle of the brush creates visual illusions and dimension to the pattern. A bevel or facet can be achieved in this manner. Here is one example showing this.

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Topics: Brushed Aluminum, Materials and Processes

Modern Hexagon Finish Development on Brushed Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Connection with Hexagon Shapes

Finish development for aluminum trim can involve several trials to explore color and scale optoins before the one is identified which will find itself released into production or featured in a concept. Many patterns and finishes shown in the Surface Collection Gallery have gone through this evolution.

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Topics: Geometric Finish, Aluminum, Brushed Aluminum, Materials and Processes

New Designer Disc Collection | Aluminum Finishes

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Aluminum Finishes for Inspiration

The latest designer disc collection features some of the most popular patterns on aluminum with tactile flair and depth achieved through familiar geometric, woven or organic structures. Each finish combines brushing, printed color and screened texture to create an endless array of surface designs available to be integrated into nameplates, labels and decorative trim.  Color, scale and process are customizable to meet your specific needs.  

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Topics: Aluminum, Surfaces, Materials and Processes, Resources

Favorite Finish | Eye Catching Carbon Fiber Aluminum Trim

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Aug 14, 2014

Guest Blogger

This article is part of a series from my co-workers on their favorite finishes. Pat Wilcox, our guest blogger this week, chose one of the carbon fiber structures on aluminum.

While this particular finish uses black, there is no reason why it couldn't be customized using brown or gray and still look like a piece of woven metal. 

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Topics: Aluminum, Carbon Fiber, Favorite Finish

Flowing Aluminum Surfaces

Posted by Mitch Larson on Thu, Jul 31, 2014

The Inspiration

Inspiration is drawn from molten solids and the effects that are created as material drips either off a structure or down a canvas. The combination of the drip structure along with the pooling effects create stunning organic structures that are both unique and bold.

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Topics: Aluminum, Surfaces, Materials and Processes

Helix | Modern Aluminum Finishes Enhanced with Texture

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Jul 16, 2014

Helix Surface Collection


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

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Topics: Aluminum, Mechanical Finishes, Surface Collection

Exploring Dark Aluminum Finishes

Posted by Mitch Larson on Fri, Jul 11, 2014

Our 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.

All of these finishes can be used as is, or are fully customizable in scale, color and gloss and can be used for your next project.

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Topics: Mood Board, Aluminum, Surfaces

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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.