Showcase Your Buffet with a Pedestal Display

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If you are growing frustrated with your old methods of handling parties, we may be able to help. Here are three ways to handle them differently. Showcase your buffet with a pedestal display.

Pedestal displays create extra space for your holiday items, because we all know there’s never enough room at the table. Display desserts, side dishes, or whatever you can’t fit at the table on decorative stands. We even have a pedestal display large enough to hold all of your items for a traditional style buffet. Our custom wood displays blend perfectly into holiday decor. Choose from oak, cherry, walnut, mahogany, etc. There are many sizes and custom features available like lighting, dust covers, and more. Also, use the Barton Wood Plate Display next to your buffet for easy access to dishes.

Use pedestal displays year-round for celebrations like birthday parties, baby showers, graduations, or any time you are entertaining guests. Creatively design pedestal displays of candies, cupcakes, vegetable trays, beverages, or whatever you plan to serve. The options are endless. We have acrylic displays in a variety of colors to compliment any themed party you throw. If you’re looking to kick your party up a notch, try our concrete, aluminum, and steel pedestals. They are specifically designed to exhibit the utmost sophistication.

If you’re looking for something less flashy, try our economy pedestals. You can use these simple pedestal displays any day of the week. Sometimes you have unexpected guests, and that’s when you need quick set pedestals. They’re easy to assemble and portable.

It seems like there’s never enough counter space, and having a few pedestal displays makes life that much easier. We have pedestals for your every need whether you use them three times a year or three times a week. One thing is for certain, you’ll use them.

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Our Lighted Pedestal Bulb Standards: BEWARE

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Dear Customers,
If you have one of our lighted pedestals (spotlight or ambient), please DO NOT USE AN INCANDESCENT BULB! Only use a CFL or LED bulb UP TO 25 WATTS. The wrong bulb could cause a fire.
 
A customer tried to use an incandescent bulb and it started to smoke! We have never had an issue with this in the ten years we’ve been building these lighted pedestals and we don’t plan to have one in the next ten. Click the video above for more info.
We love our customers and hate the idea of our product putting them and their homes in harms way. Thank you for trusting us with all of your display needs!
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Inverted Pyramid Pedestals Make Great Additions to Latin American Decor

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In ancient times, many civilizations incorporated pyramids into their architecture, art, sciences and religious practices. Among them were the Mayan Indians and other residents of Latin American countries. So with September 15th marking the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we wanted to talk about inverted pyramid pedestals and how they may enhance Latin American design schemes.

At Pedestal Source, we have inverted pyramid pedestals that sit on top of black laminate bases and feature veneer surfaces that come in assorted colors and finishes. Some of the inverted pyramids are constructed with fully illuminated, wide bases or sport single spotlights. Others are not designed to light up.

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Because the Mayans were known to build pyramids to sun and moon deities, the lighted pedestals could be used to highlight artwork featuring their images or related symbols. For example, the Moon Goddess is often pictured with other deities like the Jaguar God and the Maize God. Sometimes she is pictured with white rabbits and images of the moon too. So the pedestals could be topped with statues of rabbits and jaguars or glowing orbs that resemble the moon.

The civilization’s Sun God, also known as Kinich Ahau, took many artistic forms as well. The list includes, but doesn’t end with images of water birds, parrots, canoes and water plants. They were often incorporated into masks that featured a representation of the deity’s face. Therefore, the inverted pyramid pedestals could be utilized to display tribal masks, pottery filled with rainforest plants and sculptures of mythical birds.

Of course the inverted pyramid pedestals could be used to highlight more than just the Mayan Moon Goddess and the Sun God. They could draw attention to Mesoamerican-style textiles, photographs of actual pyramids and anything else that is meant to be spotlighted. To learn more about our inverted pedestals and how well they blend into Latin American design themes, please contact us today.

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Pedestals with a Midas Touch May Light Up a Building’s Design Scheme

Blame it on American’s love of bling or an inherent fascination with shiny things. Either way, golden travertine is showing up in home and business designs a lot these days. We’ve seen it used in everything from luxury vinyl flooring and living room furniture to tile work and lighting. So we couldn’t help but join in and create golden travertine pedestals. They’re perfect for a wide range of applications, if we do say so ourselves.

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Our golden travertine pedestals are made with high quality, ½-inch thick substrate and first rate, satin finish laminate. The smallest one stands 3-inches high and has a 9-inch footprint, which makes them matchless for use with walk-in closets. Think about it. They could be placed in the closets and used to display designer jewelry, belt buckles, cuff links and other luxurious accessories.

Though our pedestals are available in stock sizes, we can build custom to the exact size you need to fit your space or piece of art. Most of our pedestals are built to support upwards of 200 pounds, so they can easily hold that Tiffany lamps, murano glass sculpture, or oversized flower urn.

Based on our years of experience and what we’ve seen at design and trade shows, golden travertine looks stunning paired with black colored furnishings and fixtures. The dark shades make the pedestal’s brilliant golden surfaces pop. To learn more about golden travertine pedestals and how to customize them to meet your size and lighting needs, please contact us today!

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Cylinder Pedestal Stands Enhance Geometric Pattern Design Themes

One of the latest trends to sweep through interior design magazines is the bold use of geometric patterns and shapes. So many people are now working on incorporating pieces like cylinder pedestal stands into their personal and professional spaces. There are various ways to do this that will enhance a contemporary theme.

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For example, white and black cylinder pedestals could be lined up along the entire length of one wall and topped with black and white photography. As an extra added touch, the photos could be placed in alternating white and black frames (e.g. black cylinder, white photo frame).

Brushed aluminum cylinder pedestal stands, on the other hand, could be placed at the entrance to a space and topped with industrial, mixed media or steampunk art to create an interesting pattern. Pinterest has quite a few pictures of steampunk sculptures that will give you an idea of the type of art and patterns that would pair perfectly with our metal finish pedestal stands, round or otherwise.

We’ve also got a series of wood veneer clad, cylinder shaped pedestal stands. The wood grain finishes inherently have their own patterns, which would only add to a geometric design scheme. One that tends to be favored by pattern enthusiasts is our zebra wood veneer cylinder pedestal. They come complete with a semi-gloss finish and a manual turntable option. Of course not all of our cylinder pedestal stands have such bold, wood grain patterns.

Some are more muted and therefore well suited for striking, geometric sculptures by artists like George W. Hart. He has quite a few pieces that feature several different wood grains and color combinations. The list of other artists whose work would look great atop our wood veneer cylinders includes Horst Kiechle, Zachary Abel, Laurel Roth, and Robert Wechsler.

To learn more about cylinder pedestal stands and how they can help make a geometric pattern design theme come to life, please contact us today. If you act now, you may be able to take advantage of our sale on round pedestals and other display aids.

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Collapsible Pedestals: Perfect for Displaying Student Artwork in the Classroom

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With art classes getting ready to start up at schools all across the country, we wanted shine a spotlight onto collapsible pedestals. They are perfect for displaying student artwork during parent-teacher nights and other classroom events. Plus, the ones that we have in stock are designed to fold flat. So they’ll fit easily into classroom supply closets, where they may be stored in between events.

When choosing collapsible pedestals for the classroom, consider going with a black satin melamine finish. They typically mesh well with all classroom color schemes and will lend an air of gallery-like sophistication to any student event. Plus, the school janitors will undoubtedly appreciate how easy it is to keep the pedestals clean.

Then select a pedestal height that is likely to put the artwork at, or slightly below, a student’s eye level. For example, the majority of American n 5-year olds are around 44-inches tall. So Preschool and Kindergarten teachers may want to go with a 40-inch tall pedestal at stand-up events. Displays that require the children to remain in their seats may be better suited for collapsible pedestals that are 30 or 35-inches tall. That way, the children are more likely to get a better view of the art while they are seated.

As far as the collapsible pedestal’s footprint goes, it should be dictated by the size of the students’ art projects. In most instances, stock, collapsible pedestals have footprints that range from 11.25 to 20-inches in size. And each one should ideally display one child’s work. That said, it may be helpful to order at least two pedestals per student. One of the pedestals should be at the low end of the footprint size range and the other should be at the high end. To learn more about selecting collapsible pedestals for classroom displays, please contact us today.

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Art Pedestals and Classes are Loved by World Leaders and Private Citizens Too

In early 2014, the international news media outlets’ headlines exploded with news connecting a former U.S. President to fine art classes. Many people were fascinated with the news and we don’t blame them. After all, who would have imaged that the man who once held the fate of the free world in his hands would now be holding a paint brush and displaying his work on art pedestals? Ummm….us, that’s who!

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We know how attractive fine art classes and art pedestals can be to so many different people. That’s because we produce some of the best, museum quality art pedestals in the world. Plus, we know that through the years, there have been other world leaders who’ve taken up a palette a time or two. Among them were Jimmy Carter, Winston Churchill, Vladmir Putin and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Bush apparently loves to create portrait paintings. Interestingly enough, Eisenhower favored portraits for a time too. However, he also seemed to enjoy painting landscapes as did Churchill. Carter, on the other hand, has produced paintings of animals, landscapes and people. And Putin’s work, thus far, has been quite contemporary.

World leaders apparently like to do more than just paint and display their work on art pedestals in their off time too. How do we know that? Well, there’s even been an entire book dedicated to former U.S. President’s pencil sketches and random doodles. It contains the impromptu artwork of men like Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. So as you can see, we weren’t really surprised to learn that G.W. Bush decided to dabble in the arts as well.

To learn more about art pedestals that are beautiful enough to display the work of all artists, please contact us.

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Custom Display for Calibur 11’s EA Battlefield 3 Cases

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We build custom all the time. When Calibur 11 needed a trade show display to promote their Battlefield 3-inspired “Vault” cases for XBOX and Playstation gaming systems, they came to us to design a custom-lit display with a dust cover equipped with Security Torx. The ambient-lit top and custom logo wrap rounded out this sharp, simple display system. These are some of our favorite types of projects, getting to work with the customer to meet their custom needs and, hopefully, exceed their expectations regarding quality and painless design-process.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Sheen

What is Sheen?
Sheen means “a soft luster on a surface.” Synonyms are luster, shine, gloss, brilliance.

3 Black Finishes with Varying Sheen

Sheen Standards at Pedestal Source
Standard Laminates (Black/White) – Matte
Premium Laminates – Gloss to Matte
Lacquers (Clear/Opaque) – Satin and Matte

Note: While there are technical measurements for sheen, even those are relative to the calibrating surface. What’s more, these technical measurements don’t always align with popular usage. If you are concerned about whether our “matte” is your “matte” and you aren’t in a rush, we’re happy to send you a sample.

Getting Technical
Sheen is measured by an instrument called a Gardner 60 Gloss Meter, which measures the light emitted from the instrument at a specified incident angle, reflected from the surface of the dried coating being measured at the same angle, to a receiver. The instrument compares the emitted light to the received light and computes the difference to determine the amount directly reflected versus the light scattered or diffused by that surface. It compares the results to results of the same test performed on a calibrating surface, such as a highly polished black glass plate. The calibrating surface should register 100 on this scale.

  • Gloss- 90% sheen
  • Semi-gloss, between about 60% and 70% sheen
  • Satin- 50% sheen
  • Low satin- 30% to 40% sheen
  • Matte or flat- 10% sheen
(www.woodshopnews.com/columns-blogs/finishing/502077-shedding-light-on-getting-the-right-sheen)

 

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Gallery Pedestals: A Great Way to Celebrate Wedding Anniversaries

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Do you have loved ones that will be celebrating a wedding anniversary in the weeks ahead? Have you been asked to help plan a special party for them? If so, we’d like to suggest incorporating gallery pedestals into the party décor. In our experience, they can really play a pivotal role in the affair. Here’s how:

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Many anniversary couples and party attendees enjoy taking a leisurely walk down memory lane. Gallery pedestals can help them do that. Simply line up the pedestals in one area of the party room. Then top each one with a framed photo or other item representing a moment in the anniversary couple’s past.

The first gallery pedestal could spotlight something related to the couple’s first date. If no personal photo is available, it could be an item that represents the year that they met. For example, there are companies that sell replicas of newspapers printed on a certain day. The replica could be framed and put onto the galley pedestal alongside of an item that was popular with the youth of the day (e.g. love beads for the 1960s.)

Subsequent gallery pedestals could contain photos of their first house, children, grandchildren and pets. Depending on the couple and their interests, concert photos, sports memorabilia and other items from special celebrations might make perfect additions to the display.

The final gallery pedestal could feature something the couple is looking forward to or a group photo that contains the images of each anniversary party guest. If you choose to go with something that the couple is hoping to achieve, consider having a specialty, faux magazine cover created to mark the occasion. There are ample companies in business today that make such covers for wedding anniversary parties and other special events.

To learn more about gallery pedestals and how they have the potential to enhance wedding anniversary celebrations, please contact us at Pedestal Source. We have an array of affordable, easy-to-use, gallery pedestals to choose from and one business day delivery is available on select orders.

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