Trade Show Pedestals: The Perfect Cure for 2014 Budget Woes

The new fiscal year is here. Have you finished calculating your trade show budget yet? If not, you might want to factor in the purchase of new trade show pedestals.

Today’s trade show pedestals come in a range of styles, many of which can help you avoid high shipping and drayage costs in the New Year. Take our Affordable Portable Pro Pedestals as an example. Made from 1/8-inch, vinyl coated MDF, they weigh anywhere from 14 to 52 pounds each and fold flat. Thus, they could easily be shipped to the exhibition site by Priority Mail. Just make sure that the package weight remains under 70 pounds.
Upon arrival, you’ll be able to transport the lightweight pedestals onto the trade show floor by hand or with the aid of a small hand truck or dolly. Once inside of the exhibition space, each trade show pedestal can be assembled, cleaned, moved and broken down quickly. So you’ll save on set-up and cleaning service fees too.

It should also be mentioned that the trade show pedestals come in a variety of heights and table sizes. The heights range from 30 inches to 42 inches. The table sizes tend to hover in the 11.25 to 15.25 inch range. Therefore, you should have no difficulty whatsoever putting the trade show pedestals to good use.

In addition, the Affordable Portable Pro Pedestals come with a heavy-duty ballast bag and can support display materials that weigh up to 70 pounds. Together, they make the pedestals suitable for both indoor and outdoor, tented trade show events.

Last but not least, the price per trade show pedestal starts at less than $100. Most rental companies that service trade show venues tend to charge $500 or more for each of their pedestals. So just imagine how much you can shave off of your annual trade show budget if you buy one or more of our Affordable Portable Pro Pedestals!

To learn more about these trade show pedestals and the other reasonably priced displays that we have in stock, please contact us at (800) 333-9953.

Creating an Eye-Catching Display of Women’s Accessories with Pedestals of Different Shapes and Sizes

Nowadays, given that many accessories that go with women’s clothing are considered works of art in themselves, it’s not surprising that they should be displayed on pedestals. A pair of Christian Louboutin heels with their trademark red soles look amazing when displayed on matching pedestals. A pretty gold clutch to go with that evening gown would also look beautiful when displayed on a stark black pedestal. Jewelry, of course, deserves a pedestal; imagine how lovely those diamonds would look when displayed on a black bust atop a black pedestal.

Making an Accessory the Standout Piece: Rather than displaying accessories as part of an entire outfit, it makes more sense to display them by themselves. This encourages consumers to start viewing the accessory itself as the standout piece and not the clothing. In general, people get accessories to match with their outfits, but give them a good display, and they will start buying outfits to match with the accessories!

Mixing It Up: Another great idea when it comes to displaying accessories on pedestals is to use pedestals of different heights and shapes. If your display consists of five accessories i.e., two pairs of shoes, two handbags and a brooch, you could use a couple of display cubes to display items on a lower level, two taller wooden pedestals for two items on a higher level and a glass or acrylic pedestal for contrast. This kind of varied display invites the eye to look around and take everything in.

Making It Informal: One great idea is to make the display look casual, not formal. One shoe could slouch next to the other while one handbag remains open with a scarf coming out from it. You could also experiment with the distances at which you keep the pedestals next to each other. Rather than having them at a uniform distance, some could be closer and some further apart. Framed paintings or other types of artwork could also be made a part of the display. The whole idea is to help the viewer to imagine these items in their home and this is best done by keeping the display informal.
Contact us for more ideas on displaying women’s accessories on pedestals.

Xylem Design’s custom-made, handcrafted pedestals are perfect for any home or collection. Visit our website today, or call us at 1-800-333-9953.

Contrasting Artwork with Art Pedestals to Produce an Eye-Catching Display

Many people try to make the art pedestal blend with the artwork that sits on top of it. This is done in an effort not to detract from the artwork. You want to give the viewer the impression that the artwork is the important thing and not the pedestal.
However, matching a white pedestal to a white sculpture can get a little boring. It actually makes more sense to contrast the pedestal to the artwork on top of it. So a white sculpture can be placed on a black pedestal.

    Here are a few more ways to contrast artwork with art pedestals:

  • A metal sculpture, such as most of the works of Rodin, can be placed on top of a pedestal with a wooden finish such as our Neoclassic Hardwood Pedestal.
  • An African mask, in dark wood, can be placed on top of a pedestal with a blond wood finish, such as our Maple Wood Veneer Pedestal.
  • A sculpture with a geometric shape such as something in the form of a star or a snowflake, can be placed on top of a circular pedestal, contrasting the pointed edges of one with the smooth circumference of the other.
  • Similarly, a circular sculpture or a globe representing the earth can be placed on top of a square pedestal.
  • Something delicate, like a crystal display, will look fantastic on a dark, heavy base, such as our Black Alicante Laminate Pedestal.
  • Something dark and heavy, on the other hand, would contrast admirably with a glass pedestal such as our Clear Glass Acrylic Pedestal.
  • You can bring out the colors of a colorful sculpture by putting it on top of a white pedestal.
  • If you have a small waterfall at home in a setting of pebbles and stones, you can contrast the amorphous natural shapes with something that looks modern, like our Modern Black and Clear Pedestal.
  • So no matter what type of object you’re looking to place on a pedestal, you can try to contrast the two and create an eye-catching display. Contact us for more information on pedestal displays for your museum, art gallery, home or display window.

Show off your work at the next Maker’s Faire with our affordable trade show displays

We’ve been downright shocked at how do-it-yourself projects have taken off in the past few years. Makers Faires are attended by everyone from kids to adults, with skill sets ranging from professional to amateur. While the variety of creation seen at these Faires is widespread, there are a few points everyone can follow to show off their work in the best possible light.

Give it space: Have you seen valuable relics in museums that sit apart from everything else? Perhaps there’s only one painting on an entire wall or perhaps there’s just one sculpture in a room. By giving each piece its own space, you can imply high value without ever saying a word. There’s a reason phrases like “on a pedestal” imply something that sits above the rest in terms of unique value. Set your pieces on individual art pedestals to maximize attention.

Illuminate: Kids sometimes put on plays with nothing more than a flashlight. Holding it under your chin, you’re telling a horror story. Shining down from above, the story becomes friendly or even romantic. The value of good lighting surpasses storytelling, however. Photographers might spend tremendous amounts of time and investment to light their subjects perfectly. For someone interested in showing off their own creations, sub-standard lighting simply won’t do.

Complement lines: Are you showing off a geometrical form with sharp edges, acute angles, and straight lines? Try creating an effect of sharply focused light on a pedestal with the same straight edges. If your work is geared more toward function and less toward design, you’ll want a subdued art pedestal so attention isn’t drawn from your creation. Round objects tend to look best on rounded displays with softer edges. No matter what design you’ve chosen for your work, we can discuss with you how to create the optimal custom wood pedestal display to show off your creation.

To find upcoming Maker Faires in your area, check out the Maker Faire website. For more information on how to present your work in the best possible way, please feel free to contact us. From illuminated displays to custom wood pedestals, we offer the best in affordable trade show displays.

Xylem Design’s custom-made, handcrafted pedestals are perfect for any home or collection. Visit our website today, or call us at 1-800-333-9953.

Simple and Elaborate Pedestals Displays to Set off Unique Pieces of Jewelry

To put someone up on a pedestal is to idolize them. This may not generally work with people because, after all, we’re only human, but when it comes to works of art, artifacts, jewelry etc., there is no better way of indicating how precious that thing is. To have a pedestal completely devoted to displaying one thing puts the spotlight on that thing (especially if you’re using a pedestal with a spotlight). So it’s a way of indicating that the object that is being presented is extremely valuable..

Jewelry as the Focal Point: We’ve all seen a version of that cat burglar movie where the burglar, dressed in black, enters through a vent in the ceiling and, suspending himself with the use of a rope attached to his waist, steals a diamond from a pedestal! If that diamond had been displayed along with many others in a display case, how would we have known that there was something different or special about it? Through its segregation from the rest of the jewelry in the store or the museum, it became the cynosure of all eyes.

Simple and Elegant Pedestal Displays: If you look at window displays recently, you’ll find the same sparseness of objects which brings the eye to the few pieces that are displayed on their own pedestals. There’s something clean and elegant about displaying just one diamond brooch on the dark velvet background of a bust placed on a pedestal.

Intricate vs. Solid Pedestals: When displaying delicate jewelry, you can match the style of the pedestal to the jewelry. By picking something delicate-looking like our fluted column pedestal, you can create a display which has an intricate, posh look. On the other hand, you can go with something that contrasts with the delicate jewelry, such as our black satin laminate cylinder pedestal which will merely provide a dark, satiny backdrop for your pieces.
Whichever look you decide to go with, you will create a display that shows how priceless those pieces are, not just because of their high monetary value but also because they’re works of art in and of themselves. And what woman could resist the lure of buying something distinctive to set off her own unique charms? Contact us for a pedestals display that will bring out the individuality of each piece of your jewelry.

Xylem Design’s custom-made, handcrafted pedestals are perfect for any home or collection. Visit our website today, or call us at 1-800-333-9953.

Create an Integrated Experience in Art Appreciation Through the Use of Gallery Pedestals

In an art gallery, displaying sculpture or important artifacts on a pedestal not only saves space but also creates an interesting visual counterpoint to paintings that may be hanging on the wall. When customers enter an art gallery, their first impulse is to stick closely to the walls and go through the paintings one by one. This enables them to take in as much information as possible about each painting.

An Integrated Experience in Art Appreciation: Viewing art in a linear way won’t give the customer the entire experience of the room or the gallery. When you take the focus away from the walls and bring it to the floor space through the use of gallery pedestals, customers can get a more integrated experience. They will start to notice the floors, the ceilings, the lighting fixtures etc.

The Importance of Perspective: In order to draw attention away from just the walls, you can use pedestals to display sculpture, vases or anything that would benefit from being viewed from all angles. Whereas paintings are two-dimensional, there are other objects that are three-dimensional. Human figures carved out of wood, marble or metal are three-dimensional objects that will benefit from different points of view. Ancient artifacts and furniture are also better appreciated when they are viewed from various perspectives.

So the use of pedestals in galleries and museums has a twofold benefit. It allows the object itself to be viewed in different ways and breaks up the gallery space as well, bringing attention to how objects have been displayed.

Creating Contrast: If you want to create a contrast between paintings and sculpture, pedestals can help to do this as well. Paintings that have a modern feel, like the geometrical shapes of Wassily Kandinsky, can be contrasted with classical, realistic sculpture based on a Greek theme. Or you can go with a light/dark contrast as well, with paintings that contain lighter colors and sculpture made of dark metal.

Either way, the use of pedestals in art galleries and museums can help in the appreciation of art but also bring about an appreciation of the aesthetics of art arrangement. Contact us for pedestals to display your art and artifacts.

Xylem Design’s custom-made, handcrafted pedestals are perfect for any home or collection. Visit our website today, or call us at 1-800-333-9953.

Effective Visual Merchandising Using Pedestal Stands

You’ve just started collecting art, but now you’re at a crossroads. How are you going to display your sculptures? Whether you’re just starting or you want to upgrade your current pedestals, Xylem Design’s handcrafted displays are perfect for any sculpture or collection. It’s always good to keep in mind just how your pedestals synergize with both your art and your home’s decor – after all, they’re very important supporting roles for your centerpieces.

There are numerous reasons why businesses set up product displays. Effective visual merchandising, using pedestal stands, draws customers in, promotes slow-moving items, and more. Utilizing store-front windows to display items is one of the least expensive forms of advertising; furthermore it’s also proven to be very persuasive. There are a few key elements in perfectly designing product displays.
Outline what the displays are going to look like. Some things to consider are budget and theme. Choose an appropriate time to assemble the product displays, for instance when the store is slow or closed.:

Balance: Asymmetrical, or tiered, displays add visual interest. The difference in heights allows the eyes to easily wonder over items. Cube tables are a great option for setting up small displays featuring a variety of items, for example jeans, shirts, and sweaters.

Size of Objects: Setting up product displays is similar to the art of flower arranging. Place the largest objects into the displays first. Next, arrange other items by color, size, price, or however you see fit. Of course, we offer pedestals in an array of sizes to enhance any project.

Color: Color is an important feature in visual merchandising as it stirs up feelings in customers; additionally it must brandish your products. Our colored pedestal stands add interest without distracting attention away from the featured items. Besides the color, consider the material of the pedestal stands, for instance wood, acrylic, and such.

Focal Point:The focal point is whatever you are selling, equally important everyone needs to know who! It’s where product and props/signage and background come together. Design engineers create custom pedestals, store fixtures, kiosks, point of sale counters and other retail display fixtures. We are also able to work within a deadline. No job is too big, or too fast, for us!

Lighting:Lighting is a special component that adds a bit of class to product displays. Lighted pedestal stands are used for product launches, prized items, and anything that requires extra attention. Choose between down light, colored light, and other lighting options for one-of-a-kind displays.

Once the product displays are up, keep tabs on them to see what is working and if a change is needed. Feel free to change colors, pedestal sizes, locations, etc. If the product displays are seasonal, take pictures to easily recreate them later. Like any other aspect of retailing, creating attractive displays takes a little skill and lots of trial and error.

Xylem Design’s custom-made, handcrafted pedestals are perfect for any home or collection. Visit our website today, or call us at 1-800-333-9953.

The Secret to Great Pedestals for Sculptures: Complementing your Art and Decor

You’ve just started collecting art, but now you’re at a crossroads. How are you going to display your sculptures? Whether you’re just starting or you want to upgrade your current pedestals, Xylem Design’s handcrafted displays are perfect for any sculpture or collection. It’s always good to keep in mind just how your pedestals synergize with both your art and your home’s decor – after all, they’re very important supporting roles for your centerpieces.

That’s a lot to keep in mind when looking for pedestals for your sculptures, but here are some quick tips for choosing the right pedestals for you, your home, and your collection:

Traditional: For a more traditional look, our Bradford line makes for a great choice – the tapered design and flourishes makes for a great accent to older pieces, and its wooden construction lends a very warm atmosphere to the room. If you’re prefer a more modern, though still very dignified display, our granite laminate pedestals might be just the thing. For your most special pieces, one of our lighted display cases might do the trick – the hidden door locks and wiring make for a seamless combination of modern technology and classic design.

Modern: For the modern high-rise condo, there’s nothing to better complement your decor than our laminate or acrylic pedestals. For smaller pieces, our sleek wedge design makes for a great accent, while more prominent pieces can be complemented well with one of our many lighted displays. For the best in modern chic, though, a strong statement piece like our Image High Gloss Pedestals combines a bold design with sleek, clean edges to bring out the best in your sculptures.

Contemporary: For a more relaxed modern look, the tried and true polished concrete design makes for a great choice. Often found in contemporary art museums, these utilitarian, though decidedly warm, displays can lend the same look to your home. For more exotic pieces, a simple bamboo pedestal can be all the accent you might need. Not only does it bring out the natural beauty of your home, the contrast with your sculpture makes it stand out all the more.

Xylem Design’s custom-made, handcrafted pedestals are perfect for any home or collection. Visit our website today, or call us at 1-800-333-9953.

What to get the Couple that has Everything? A Fluted Pedestal!

So you’ve been invited to a wedding. You know the couple, and you know that they’re pretty darn difficult to shop for. You see, they’re not the typical young newlyweds trying to furnish their first apartment with their wedding gifts. Perhaps this couple has been together for a long time, and their home is already filled with everything they need. Or even worse, they’re trying to combine two households worth of possessions into one—which means that the last thing they need is a third set of wine glasses, or another stylish vase to go with their dozen other stylish vases. You’ve also decided that giving them cash is just not personal enough.

Which leaves you in a quandary. What do you get the couple that has everything? We think you should get them a fluted pedestal. Here’s why:

  • There’s always something around the house that needs to take “pride of place” for a while, and a fluted pedestal provides that perfect showcasing space. At first it might be the bride and groom statuettes from their wedding cake—or a stylish vase(!) that they picked up in Morocco on their honeymoon. Later on it might be the equestrian statue that he created in his first post-retirement art class, or a bowl of brightly colored flowers from her cutting garden.
  • Our stately columnar pedestal is available in either solid wood, with an elegant cherry finish, or a clear crystal column that will match the color scheme in any room. Since you know the couple well, you can determine which material will best match their décor.
  • No one else would ever think of buying a fluted pedestal for a wedding present. This means that the gift will be both memorable and an excellent topic of conversation for your next dinner party—whether it’s at their house or yours.

So think beyond the standard wedding gifts and get them something they will use for years to come—and remember you for every time they place something new on top of it.

Create a Sculpture Display that Reflects Your Personality

You may think that pedestals ought to be limited to museums or art galleries. Why should a person have a pedestal at home? After all, there are many other places to display your artwork. There are bookshelves where you can make space for a sculpture. Vases can go in the middle of your dining table. However, if you really want to bring attention to a certain piece, a pedestal is the way to go.


Highlight Pieces Important to You

If you put your sculpture on a shelf, it’s going to be overwhelmed by the books and other showpieces around it. If you put a vase in the middle of a dining table, it may look good most of the time, but when you’re actually eating, you’ll find your attention divided between the vase and your food. On the other hand, if you create a vase or a sculpture display on a pedestal, that’s the only use of the pedestal, so it draws attention to your artwork, separating it from the rest of the things in your home. It shows that that piece is important to you. Whether the piece that you want to display is a sculpture by Rodin or a papier-mâché box that your kid made for your birthday, putting it on a pedestal is like telling the world, “Look at this. It’s important.”


Pick the Right Size

One things you should keep in mind while picking a pedestal is, of course, size. The height of the pedestal is important because you want your sculpture or vase to be at the right height to be appreciated. Bringing a piece as close to eye level as possible is a good idea if it’s a figure or a vase. On the other hand, if you’re placing the pedestal near some seating, it’s likely that people will be seated while viewing it. So you’ll need a pedestal that isn’t quite as high.


Contrast Colors

It’s also a good idea to try to contrast the color of the pedestal with the sculpture or the vase. If you have a multicolored piece you’re trying to display, a neutral-colored pedestal will probably be best. If you’re trying to display something that is metallic, say bronze or copper, black forms a great contrast, but wood finish won’t be such a good idea because the two brownish tones will cancel each other out. The best thing to do is to actually try to place the piece on the pedestal you’ve chosen and see how it looks. If it doesn’t look right, try a few more. Sometimes, you might find that something you’d never considered before might turn out to be right for the piece. Contact us for more information on pedestals for the home, art galleries and museums.