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     -"With an unlimited choice of patterns produced by a design department whose creativity is second to none.  It is a pleasure to be a Designer and work with Northern Engraving."  
-Gunnar Johansson,
Chief Designer, Volvo Cars

 

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.

Surfaces on Aluminum

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Modern Hexagon Finish Development on Brushed Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Sep 17, 2014
 
connected hexagon pattern, aluminum finishes

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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New Designer Disc Collection | Aluminum Finishes

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Sep 10, 2014
 
ALUMINUM FINISHES, DECORATIVE PATTERNS, NAMEPLATE OPTIONS

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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Favorite Finish | Eye Catching Carbon Fiber Aluminum Trim

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Aug 14, 2014
 
PAT-4447-A MATTE CARBON FIBER

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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Flowing Aluminum Surfaces

Posted by Mitch Larson on Thu, Jul 31, 2014
 
liquid metal inspiration



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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Helix | Modern Aluminum Finishes Enhanced with Texture

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

Helix Surface Collection

he·lix

noun \ˈhē-liks\
: the shape formed by a line that curves around and along a central line
source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helix

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
 
multilayered aluminum finishes group wh

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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