Surfaces on Aluminum

IDSA 2015 | Industrial Designers Society of America International Conference

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Tue, Aug 4, 2015

This years marks the 50th anniversary for the Industrial Designers Society of America International Conference in Seattle, WA and we are proud to be one of the exhibitors for this milestone event.

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Topics: Aluminum Trim, IDSA

50 Shades of Gray | Classic Decoration for Aluminum Trim and Nameplates

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Jul 8, 2015

50 Shades of Gray - Favorite Finishes

A recent post on the Kitchen and Bath Business blog discusses the popularity of neutral color palettes for kitchen design. It indicates a growing trend in the past year towards warm grays as well as blending of colors to create a soothing environment. This trend can be seen carried over into aluminum trim and nameplates.

When it comes to reviewing the basic foundation for decoration on aluminum, discussion typically starts with some shade of gray. From cool gun metal or black chrome to warm earth tones, gray is without doubt a timeless color and a natural point of reference when decorating aluminum. It continues to be popular for color development and be a reliable finish for trim and nameplates. 

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Topics: Aluminum, Favorite Finish

Takeaways from NeoCon 2015

Posted by Mitch Larson on Wed, Jul 1, 2015

Our designers recently attended NeoCon 2015 in Chicago and were inspired by the plethora of colors, materials, products and patterns that were on display. Here's a look at the designs which resonated the most or seemed to cross over into popular requests for finish development trends.

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Topics: Surfaces

Custom Finish Development to Fit Automotive Trim

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Tue, Jun 16, 2015

It has been stated many times and it is worth repeating how endless the possibilites are when working with patterns for aluminum trim. You have the option to pick directly from the finish library and simply reference the finish ID in your design. When this isn't a fit, the option to customize the surface decoration is there.

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Topics: Aluminum Trim, Automotive, Mechanical Finishes, Custom Patterns

Endless Possiblities with Patterns on Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Apr 8, 2015

Structures from precise geometric shapes to flowing organic lines have been translated into an endless array of options for patterns on aluminum. Explore existing finishes and patterns to gain inspiration. 

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Topics: Custom Patterns

Star Struck | Aluminum Trim Featured in Furious 7

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Furious 7 Movie Star - Dodge Challenger

All the hype is coming to a head for the release of the latest fast car movie Furious 7. One of the featured vehicles in this is the Dodge Challenger. We're proud to work with the Dodge Design Team and supply the sporty interior trim. The finish used is a modern twist on a classic mechanical finish using a gun metal gray tint over engine turn. It creates a coordinated look with mating chrome and black components.

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Topics: Automotive, Mechanical Finishes

Design Resource | Patina Aluminum Patterns eBook

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Mar 18, 2015

Patina Surface Collections

Patinaed finishes on aluminum showcase craftsmanship and character. Finishes in this series can be used to give a well-used or aged decoration to your aluminum nameplate or trim. 

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Topics: Patina Finish, Worn, Surface Collection, ebook, Resources

Green Finishes on Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Tue, Mar 17, 2015

So many times finishes on aluminum start out as silver or grey. Here are some familiar structures which have been developed with green in mind. These are great reminders that aluminum finishes are available in color.

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Topics: Aluminum Trim

Worn Aluminum Trim

Posted by Mitch Larson on Wed, Mar 11, 2015

The Inspiration

Naturally aged metal surfaces are the point of inspiration. A patinaed metal that features worn areas on the edges or high points being the focus.

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Topics: Patina Finish, Custom Patterns, Surfaces

Hammered Aluminum Look for Surface Decoration

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Feb 11, 2015

A common request for surface decoration on aluminum is to show a patina or distressed effect. One of the options for this is seen in hammered aluminum. The impact points have definite highs and lows in color, tone and accents. 

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Topics: Aluminum, Patina Finish, Surface Collection

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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.