Surfaces on Aluminum

Top 10 Aluminum Finishes Requested in 2014

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Take a walk through the most popular finishes on aluminum as requested during 2014. Micro finishes, warm copper tints and black linear structures can be seen. Enjoy.

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Topics: Aluminum, Top 10

2015 Detroit Auto Show - Highlights

Posted by Mitch Larson on Wed, Jan 21, 2015

We recently attended the NAIAS in Detroit. Decorative aluminum trim continues to have a good presence overall from dash panels and door rails to consoles and switchplates. Some interior finishes that caught our attention was the use of heavy grained brushed aluminum and textured surfaces.

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Topics: Aluminum Trim, Automotive

Most Popular Surfaces on Aluminum Blog Posts for 2014

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Jan 7, 2015

Taking a look back on 2014, here are the most popular posts discussing aluminum surface decoration. Enjoy! Which was your favorite?

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Topics: Top 10

Art Deco Inspired Aluminum Holiday Greetings

Posted by Mitch Larson on Wed, Dec 10, 2014

 

The Inspiration

Art Deco themes provide inspiration with items from architecture and furniture to jewelry and clothing displaying great layering of lines with textures and color. Precise and boldly delineated geometric shapes and sharply defined outlines provide structure. The intersection of pinstripes and flowing lines with varying line weights and subtle details demand a closer look.

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

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

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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.