Recreate the Three Orders of Ancient Greece by Getting a Fluted Pedestal

If you’re thinking about getting a fluted pedestal, you have many choices. You can go with our simple but classic Burlington round fluted wood pedestal or our clear acrylic column pedestal which gives you the same simple look in clear acrylic. If you’re looking for something which is a little more innovative, you could try our illuminating frosted column pedestal which is a work of art in itself with its inner lighting. Or you could go with a sleeker version of the regular fluted pedestal, i.e. our fluted column pedestal. Whether you’re going with something simple or something sleeker and more detailed, you’ll still get that classical look with a fluted pedestal.

Burlington Wood Engraved Pedestal

Greek Architecture: The Doric Order: The design of the fluted pedestal comes from the columns of Ancient Greece. If you study Ancient Greek architecture, you’ll find that there were three orders, the Doric, the Ionic and the Corinthian. The Doric order came earliest, and the columns used in Ancient Greek architecture during this time were wide and fluted with very little decoration at the top or the bottom. Doric columns can be found on the Parthenon in Greece even today. Our simpler fluted pedestals are a little like these Doric columns because they rely on the fluting for their elegance and don’t have any ornamentation at the top or bottom.

Greek Architecture: The Ionic and Corinthian Orders: As Ancient Greek architecture progressed, the columns became thinner and longer and they also started to have more decoration at the top and bottom. You see this in the Ionic order as well as the Corinthian order. The columns become more ornate as they go along, but they still retain the original fluting which gives them their classic elegance. If you’re looking for something like the columns of the Ionic order, you can take a look at our fluted column pedestal which is slimmer than our other fluted pedestals with a wider base and top.
No matter what fluted pedestal you choose, you’re going to end up with something classic-looking. So these pedestals are great for simple but expressive sculptures such as the kind found in Ancient Greece. But they can also be used for simple flower arrangements because they’re very versatile.

Burlington Wood Engraved Pedestal with Eagle Bronze statue

To learn more about these types of art pedestals and how they may be customized in time for the public art show season kickoff, please contact us at (800) 333-9953.

Glass Table Top with Wood Engraved Pedestal Legs

Tips for Choosing Art Pedestals for Traveling, Public Art Shows

With warm weather just a few months away, it won’t be long before the public art show circuit starts to fire up. So now is an excellent time to think about what type of art pedestals you’ll need for your traveling displays. After all, it’s not merely enough to have wonderful art. It has to be presented in a manner that’s likely to capture show participants’ attention. With that said, here are a few tips for choosing the perfect art pedestals for traveling exhibits:

White Laminate Gallery Pedestal with Decorative Vase

Go Neutral: When looking through the various art pedestal options, take a moment to think about color finishes. They can really impact a traveling exhibition’s aesthetics. In general, the art pedestals’ color finishes should complement the exhibition space as well as the artwork that will be featured during the show. Thus, selecting a freestanding, solid black, white, frosted or clear acrylic art pedestal may prove to be the wisest choice. They tend to fit in well with a wide variety of indoor/outdoor art exhibition venues’ decor.

Be Innovative: If you plan on bringing a display wall to the traveling art exhibits, consider being innovative in your booth’s layout. For example, you could attach wedge pedestals to the booth’s walls. They would help add depth and visual interest to the exhibit as well as extra floor space. Our wedge pedestals are ideal for such applications because they attach quickly and can safely hold artwork that weighs up to 100 pounds.

Clear Acrylic Art Pedestal with Scuplture

Maximize Square Footage: Lastly, consider selecting a combination of art pedestals that allow you to fully maximize the booth space given at each traveling exhibition stop. For instance, in addition to the wedges that we mentioned earlier, you may want to invest in cube tables, columns and art pedestals that feature built-in turntables or lighting.

To learn more about these types of art pedestals and how they may be customized in time for the public art show season kickoff, please contact us at (800) 333-9953.

Clear Acrylic Scupture Pedestal with Human Statue

Pedestals for Feng Shui, Arts and Crafts and Travel Souvenirs

Generally, when people put something on a pedestal, they want to elevate its status. For example, if you have an expensive sculpture or vase, you probably wouldn’t think twice before putting it on a pedestal. However, a pedestal doesn’t necessarily need to be used only for serious artwork. It can also function as the base for something fun that adds a dash of color or brightness to a room.

Black Laminate Pedestals with glass bowls

Feng Shui Your Home with Pedestals: Multi-colored candles can make a great pedestal display. If you believe in Feng Shui, you might want to put candles of different colors in different parts of the room. Or just put up a cluster of candles in one part of the room to enhance one particular part of your life.

On the other hand, little fountains can also make a great pedestal display. According to Feng Shui, you should have running water on the southern side of a room if you want to attract money into your life. Even if you don’t believe in Feng Shui, a small fountain can look very pretty if placed atop a pedestal at the entrance to your home.

Pedestals for Arts and Crafts: If you’re into arts and crafts, you can also use pedestals to display the things you’ve made that you’re particularly proud of. Why put away that lovely pot you made in ceramics class where no one can see it? Instead, give your talent the recognition it deserves by placing it on top of a pedestal. If you took glass-blowing instead, pick out one of your best efforts and put it on a pedestal.

Black Laminate art pedestal with bunny sculpture on top

Pedestals for Travel Souvenirs: Souvenirs from different countries can also make great pedestal arrangements. That little Eiffel tower or Big Ben replica will let your friends and relatives know that you are well-traveled. Plus, you’ll also have a reminder of those great times in a prominent place in your home.

So if you thought that pedestals were only for extremely special things, think again. It’s enough if the thing is special to you; it doesn’t have to be extremely expensive or valuable. Contact us to find the perfect pedestal for the things which hold sentimental value.

Black Laminate Art Pedestal with Bronze Scuplture

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.

Encourage Creativity: Use a Display Pedestal for Flower Arrangements and Plants

A display pedestal is a versatile thing which can be used for several purposes. In museums and art galleries, a pedestal can be used to display sculptures or vases. At home, you can use a pedestal to display anything of value to you, from family heirlooms to rare butterfly specimens. Businesses also use pedestals to display their wares, such as jewelry, antiques etc.

Humble vs. Valuable: A pedestal may seem like a humble piece of furniture, but the things it is used to display are anything but humble. Putting something on a pedestal implies that it is of value, not just because it’s lifted off the ground but also because it’s separated from the things around it. If you have something of value, then you probably want to make sure that it has the right base as well.:

Pedestals for Flower Arrangements: One use of the pedestal that hasn’t been explored much is to display flower arrangements. You may use a pedestal to display an expensive vase, but you probably don’t think that a flower arrangement deserves so much attention. You’d rather just put it on your dining table or your coffee table. However, putting it on the dining table generally obscures your view of the person sitting across from you, and if you’re watching TV, you might want to put your feet up on your coffee table.

Encouraging Your Creativity: So consider the use of a pedestal to display your flower arrangements. You could possibly use our black wedge pedestal, anchor it to a wall and put a flower arrangement on top of it. The advantage of this kind of arrangement is that it will encourage you to keep bringing fresh flowers into your home and use your creative skills to create new arrangements every day. Even if you don’t think of yourself as terribly creative, just having a bunch of daffodils or daisies in your living room brightens up the space and keeps you from feeling down.

Pedestals for Plants: Create a Feeling of Calm: If you’re still not convinced, consider another possibility. You could use the pedestal to display a plant. Sometimes, plants which are on the floor aren’t always visible while those hanging at your window are a bit too high to water easily. A plant on a pedestal, however, is at just the right height to be seen and to create that feeling of calm and tranquility that we all need so badly in our homes. If the idea appeals to you, you could even create a display of two or three plants or flower arrangements in each room. .

Contact us to find the perfect pedestal for any object of value that you’d like to highlight in your home.

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.