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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

 

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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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Patina Finish Options for Aluminum Trim

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Oct 09, 2013
 

Patina Finishes on Aluminum

Patina finishes on aluminumStructure is a main element when defining your aluminum trim decoration. One of the great things about working with aluminum as the canvas is that it is friendly for any structure that you can imagine. A common request is to make the aluminum trim look like it is worn or has been scratched up - the patina or distressed type of structure. This adds some character to the finish and can be manipulated with varying degrees of scratching, brushing and colors to achieve just the right look to bring your design to life. This video walks through some options and is a starting point for discussion. 

What type of structure would you love to know more about? Share ideas below!

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Aged Metal Patterns on Aluminum

Posted by Lynn Holzworth on Tue, Aug 16, 2011
 

I love the look of aged or antique metal. Here are two of my favorite patterns on aluminum from our patina collection.  Both patterns have a variety of subtle warm and cool tones.PatinaPatterns

Patinas Add Character to Decorative Metal Trim

They occur naturally on metals as they age and oxidize.  Artists and metalworkers often add patinas to metal surfaces to simulate wear and exposure to the elements. 

Distressed and aged metal surfaces add hand crafted warmth to spaces.  Surfaces range from gunmetal greys and mixed metal designs to antiqued brass and copper finishes. 

Dark Patinaed Patterns

The aged and patinaed surfaces are reproduced on aluminum using a combination of litho and screen printing.  The finish is protected by a clear topcoat which is roll coated on to the metal.  The overall gloss level changes the look and feel of the aluminum surface.  Patinas work well in both low and high gloss.

These are only a few of the patinas on metal in our library of metal finishes.  Check out the patina mood board and request your designer disc collection today.

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Aged Metal Finishes for Decorative Trim

Posted by Deidre Kruser on Tue, Mar 22, 2011
 

aged aluminum finish | PAT-1827-A aged metal pattern | PAT-1827-D

Aged metal finishes are available in an endless array of structures.  Your choices are multiplied when you consider printing them in bronze, copper, brass or silver colorways.  The patinaed finishes featured here are printed on aluminum. 

aluminum finishes

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Ceiling Tile Design Gallery

Posted by Deidre Kruser on Tue, Nov 02, 2010
 

Metal Ceiling Panels

Custom ceiling tiles are a versatile option for creating high impact designs to enhance your space.  The designs utilize standard processes used in the manufacturing of automotive trim and nameplates.  Options range from the diverse offering of finishes in our pattern library to custom designed tiles.  Brushing, printing and mechanical finishes combine to create bold designs or subtle statements.  The richness and depth of aluminum ceiling tiles enhances office spaces, casinos, hotel lobbies, institutional settings and restaurant/bar areas.

This article covers aluminum ceiling tiles manufactured and designed for Gage Architectural Products.  The finishes can be customized in color, scale and process to meet your design intent. 

Ceiling Tile Design Options

  1. Brushed Aluminum - overall or selective
  2. Mechanical Finishes - engine stripe or organic
  3. Woodgrain - burl or straight grain
  4. Marble - overall or inlaid
  5. Patinaed - brass, bronze, steel or copper
  6. Custom - bold or elegant
  7. Perforated - rectangles, circles or squares

 

Brushed Aluminum Ceiling Tiles

The design possibilities available to you when combining bright aluminum with a horizontal and vertical brush are endless.  Mitered corners create coffered effects.  Transparent tints of color are printed creating mixed metal looks.

Mechanical Finishes on Aluminum Ceiling Tiles

Mechanical finishes emphasize the metal surface adding depth and dimension to the tile.  Directional and non-directional patterning catches and reflects light.  Whether refined linear designs created with the engine stripe process or the hand crafted look of organic structures takes, all can be customized in subtle or vivid color. 

Woodgrain Ceiling Tiles

High resolution printing is used to reproduce exotic woodgrains, burls and straight grains on aluminum.  Woodgrain ceiling panels combine multiple woodgrains to create inlaid looks.  Coffered designs add dimension to the tiles.

Marble Ceiling Tiles

Process color is used to capture the detail and subtle color in marble and granite tiles.  Inlaid effects are created when combined with bright aluminum and woodgrain.

Patinaed Metal Ceiling Tiles

Distressed and aged metal surfaces add hand crafted warmth to spaces.  Surfaces range from gunmetal greys and mixed metal designs to antiqued brass and copper finishes.

Custom Ceiling Tiles

The photos above really say it all.  If you can imagine it, we can create it on aluminum.  Mix and match.  Make it your own.  Combine finishes or create custom graphics.

Perforated Ceiling Tiles

Now that you've explored the options in decorating aluminum panels, consider adding a perforation.  Round, square or rectangle.

Request aluminum finish samples to begin exploring the options available to you in surface design.

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Crackled and Weathered Finish on Aluminum Trim

Posted by Deidre Kruser on Tue, Aug 10, 2010
 

crackled and weather aluminum finish

Scuffed and dusted treatments are seen in fashion, furniture and the products we use every day.  Further exploration into faux surfaces is a constant in our Design area.  Experimentation with finishing effects often combines contrasting elements for unique looks.  The crackle-effect finish brings together a weathered surface with reflective metal.  The faux painted surface is scuffed and crackled.  Try combining this finish with high gloss bright aluminum or a brushed tint to further push the combination of opposing surfaces.

Other examples of faux finishes on aluminum include patinaed metal and rubbed or worn leathers with an aged quality to them.  All can be customized in color, scale and gloss to meet your product branding needs.  How would you incorporate this type of surface into an appliqué or trim piece?

Request samples of aluminum finishes from our pattern library to begin exploring the breadth of possibilities available to you in creating a finish for decorative trim or nameplates.

 

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Faux Finishes - Leather, Carbon Fiber, Marble and Patinas on Aluminum

Posted by Deidre Kruser on Tue, Jun 29, 2010
 

Faux Finishes on Metal

Inspired by the interaction between illusion and reality, faux finishes on aluminum play with color, pattern and texture to create captivating experiences for your customer.  This collection of faux surfaces - ranging from distressed metal to stone - is a great illustration of how a brand can use decorative processes on aluminum to integrate custom finishes into metal trim or nameplates.

Replicate natural surfaces, fusing the finishes with inlaid accents and embossed details to support your brand image.  Woodgrain, carbon fiber, marble, patinaed metal and leather finishes rely on standard printing processes to imitate the surfaces on metal while harnessing the power of touch with printed textures and graining.  Highlights of the naturally reflective surface add to the depth.

Whether integrated into automotive interior trim, cosmetic appliqu├ęs or nameplates, our library of aluminum finishes includes a large selection of faux finishes to be customized to meet your needs. 

How would you integrate a one of these finishes into a decorative trim piece?  What type of finish would you use?  Are there other faux finishes you would like to see developed on aluminum?  Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

aluminum finishes

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Bronze Appliance Trim

Posted by Deidre Kruser on Wed, Jun 02, 2010
 

Stainless Steel Alternative

copper patina ice and water dispenser

The rich depth of traditional bronze sculptor is explored in this Whirlpool ice and water concept.  This bronze finish is an example of the chameleon-like quality of aluminum to be decorated in a variety of metal finishes.  Patinaed, antiqued and distressed surfaces on copper, bronze, titanium or brass are some of the possibilities.

Metal Clad Appliance Trim

Aluminum is decorated in the flat sheet using a combination of mechanical finishes, lithography, screen printing and roll coating.  The inks and topcoats are formulated to be flexible enough for the complex forms common in appliances, consumer products and automotive trim yet durable enough to meet the requirements of the environment.

This appliance trim concept incorporates two complementary bronze finishes into the design.  The outer frame of the ice and water dispenser incorporates layers of transparent inks on selective brushing to create an interactive surface with depth and movement.  The finish uses the aluminum in-mold process to create a robust trim piece.  The back wall of this design features a brushed aluminum with a transparent bronze tint of color.  The generous radius highlights the reflective quality of the metal.  This portion of the concept is mocked up in our prototype shop illustrating the potential for incorporating metal into the back wall.  This idea can be used to create a uniform aesthetic across the refrigerator or, as in this case, to incorporate complementary finishes for a refined look.

copper tint & copper patina combination

What type of product would you incorporate a bronze finish into?  How would you use the wide variety of finishes available on aluminum to upgrade the look of large appliance trim?  Request a disc collection to begin exploring the variety of finishes available for panels, overlays and decorative trim.

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Patinas and Metal Trim

Posted by Deidre Kruser on Wed, Jul 15, 2009
 

Decorative Trim with Distressed Metal Surfaces

Patinas add character to decorative metal trim.  They occur naturally on metals as they age and oxidize.  Artists and metalworkers often add patinas to metal surfaces to simulate wear and exposure to the elements.  Our decorative metal processes allow you to match the look of patinaed metal on aluminum.  The aged and patinaed surfaces of copper, brass, bronze, nickel or silver are reproduced on aluminum using a combination of litho and screen printing. 

aluminum patina | PAT-4179-C dark patinaed aluminum | PAT-4179-B cool tinted aluminum patina

Cool gunmetal colors are used in this series of patinas on metal.  The printed aluminum finish is protected by a clear topcoat which is roll coated on to the metal.  Topcoat is the final step in the decorative process and is what determines the overall gloss level of the finish.  These patinas work well in high or low gloss.

warm tinted aluminum patina | PAT-4197-A glossy aluminum patina | PAT-4179-G

Warm metal colors are mixed with cool gunmetal colors for a mixed metal effect in this series.  The overall gloss level changes the look and feel of the metal surface.  The aluminum is decorated in the flat sheet and formed after printing and topcoat.

aged aluminum finish | PAT-4283-A distressed aluminum finish | PAT-4284-A patinaed aluminum finish | PAT-4282-A

The same cool and warm metal colors come together in this series of patinas.  The structure is more organic and the surface created is subtle.  Printing the finishes allows complete control over the repeatability of the finish.  Decorative trim can be manufactured with the exact same finish on each part.

These are only a few of the patinas on metal in our library of metal finishes.  We continually explore these distressed metal surfaces creating new finishes.  What application would you suggest for decorative metal trim with a patina?

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