At the center of any piece of art is its inspiration and for decades, traditional Japanese architecture has been at the center of much Western design. The unornamented, simple structures that concentrate on the importance of creating space, rather than filling it, is irresistibly intriguing to many Western craftsman, architects and designers, including the team here at Xylem Design.
So, it’s no surprise that one of our beloved dudes working on the floor, Elliot Martin, envisioned this solid cherry/walnut wood coffee table with a soaring tabletop and minimal supporting legs. The horizontal shelf located below the tabletop carves out a generous space within the structure, ushering a feeling of security and sacredness into the display of whatever treasure it might one day guard. The elements of balance, harmony and long, interplaying lines apparent in this exquisite piece evoke an image of a traditional Shinto shrine or a hand-penned Japanese character.
While you might be hung up on these powerful Japanese nuances in the design, Elliot said the focal piece, as he’d have it, is the wood.
“The first thing I did was just go to the lumber yard and pick out some cherry and walnut from the lumber yard. I wanted to build around the wood — I wanted the tabletop to be the centerpiece, not the design,” he said.
“I didn’t do much design beforehand. I just started building, playing around with the wood. I milled all the wood myself and once you mill it, you lose lots of wood and you just see what you are left with and go from there.”
Elliot worked on the table here at the Xylem shop for about two weeks — squeezing in an hour or two here and there after his shift. Our employees often pursue personal projects after hours at the shop, when inspired.
“That’s one major perk of working here,” Elliot said. “It’s really nice to have the shop and all this nice machinery at our disposal.”
All the wood cost him a total of $120 and was sourced at a local lumber yard in Fort Collins. Unfortunately, for all of us reaching for our wallets to name our price, the table isn’t for sale and will be accompanying him on his move to Bozeman, MT later this summer.
However, this is a perfect example of the ingenuitive design and quality craftsmanship that distinguish all Xylem Design’s products. Do you have an original idea like Elliot? While the majority of our work is with laminate sheet goods, we love working alongside our customers to provide unique solutions to their needs. Call us today and we’ll set up a live design session using our Gemba Cam!
For their 2015 SEMA exhibit, WTW needed some simple cylindrical displays to spin their world famous wheels and round out their exhibit. Pictured above are 16 of our white cylinders with motorized turn tables, rotating their Giovanna & Gianelle wheels. At 1 RPM, these weren’t your average spinners, equipped with a reverse-spin safety system for the handsy passersby, inverted caster support, and custom vinyl signage.
As a lean manufacturing company, we’re all about Continuous Improvement, also known as Kaizen. Part of our continuous improvement involves opening up our doors to others. This opens opportunity for engaging dialogue (the best way to learn is to teach) with great questions and fresh eyes like yours!
If you’re interested in touring our facility and learning more about lean manufacturing, we would love to have you visit.
Contact us at (800) 333-9953 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour. Just ask for Seth or Loren.
If you are interested in bringing plant life into your home, there are several ways you accomplish this goal. One way to do this while avoiding potential problems is with pedestal displays, which also gives you plenty of customization options to make sure you get to bring plant life inside and have exceptional results.
Keep Up High to Avoid Pet Problems
Pedestal displays are great because they keep the plants off of the ground or on desks or tables where pets are likely to jump on in an attempt to reach the plants. It is ideal to opt for a solution that does not allow your pets to jump on because there is just enough space for the plants to fit perfectly.
Requires Minimal Space
If you have a fairly small home, you may want to bring plants inside, but you are having trouble with finding enough room to make it happen without creating clutter. Fortunately, pedestal displays are customizable to match exactly what you want and need, so you do not have to worry about size.
Coordinate with Style
It is best when you have various materials and design options to choose from for displays because the plants and display will look great when they mesh with the rest of the home or room in terms of style.
Position for Maximum Sunlight
An additional benefit of using a display pedestal is that since it is raised off the ground, you will have an easier time getting your plants the sunlight they need to thrive indoors.
With so many size, color, and material options for a pedestal, there is no reason you cannot get a custom-made pedestal that not only looks good on its own, but helps you bring plants into your home.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.