Aluminium Surface Collections

United States

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Aluminium surface collections are created using a combination of mechanical finishes, screen printing, lithography and roll coating. A broad range of surface finishes are available, from aged patina to bright and ornamental to technical and geometric. The different types of finishes are grouped into seven categories described below. Follow the links to see more about each group.

Technical: Technical finishes combine precise geometric shapes into simple and complex patterns for an endless array of options. High contrast or tone on tone looks work well with this group of finishes. Most take advantage of the metal substrate allowing the reflective surface to show though. In addition, they often use printed texture to add visual and tactile interest.

3D: Textured, tinted and brushed effects give a technical edge to geometric grids and woven structures. Careful registration creates precise metal finishes. Selective brushing and texture add movement and depth to the patterns.

Woven: This group of dynamic aluminium finishes depend on selective brushing layered with transparent tints of colour and texture for the kinetic effects apparent in real carbon fiber trim.

Linear: Manipulated surfaces are layered together creating organic linear structures with striations of brush and texture adding dimension.

Modern: Simple clean design combines technology and material to create modern surfaces.

Simple: Extreme simplification of shapes in stepped repetition on basic brushed aluminium. High contrast bold texture joins authentic metal.

Ornamental: Finishes are involved, detailed, gilded and elaborate creating bejeweled, cultivated and flamboyant surfaces.

Worn: Aged and patinated surfaces combine warm and cool metal colors for a mixed metal effect. Authentic distressed metal finishes create an industrial look.

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