The Right Display Pedestal Can Make All the Difference

Here’s an interesting story about a bike sculpture that was recently installed in Simsbury, Connecticut. Its creation was a community effort with 61 financial contributors, in addition to donations of labor and materials. Costing over $10,000, the Simsbury Bike Sculpture was created by artist Vicente Garcia, who cut, shaped and welded almost 200 pieces of recycled steel to make the art piece, which is three times the size of a regular bicycle and weighs over 500 pounds.

The sculpture was commissioned to commemorate Simsbury’s unique status as the first and only bicycle-friendly city in Connecticut. But, as the first article notes, once the sculpture was installed, viewers immediately noticed a deficiency: “The bike sculpture gets a little lost the way it’s currently displayed,” a community spokesperson admitted.

The problem is the sculpture is just sitting on the ground. Therefore, efforts are underway to build a pedestal to display it so that this $10,000 sculpture won’t be mistaken for an over-sized, rusting bike frame inadvertently left out in the weather.

Many people don’t realize the impact that a pedestal lends to a display. A good pedestal not only supports and elevates, its clean lines, unique styling, strategic lighting, or bold color can dramatically enhance the object put on view. While we at Xylem Design draw inspiration from ancient sources in the creation of our models, many of them are so new that they are patented or have patents pending.

Our pedestals are hand-crafted for beauty and functionality. We take great pride in our product and our business practices, which are based in the principle that “what goes around comes around.” Above all, our pedestals are stable, sturdy and finely balanced.

How can we help you? Contact us at Pedestal Source today to talk to us about any of our finely crafted contemporary pedestals.

Custom Wood Display Landscaping Ideas

Spring and summer are optimal times to work on the landscaping. The nice weather probably has you motivated to make a few changes to your porch, backyard, or other surrounding area. Custom wood displays are a great way to update your outside décor. Here are a few custom wood display ideas.

Entryway arbors direct visitors to a destination in a stylish, grand fashion. If you have a stairway leading to your front door, you might want to create an entry arbor with flowers on top. You can also use an arbor and fence combo to create privacy. Custom wood displays can hold plants, statues, or simply stand on their own. Place these pedestals in front of the arbor for added visual interest.

Pergolas are great for the backyard. They are more substantial than an arbor but less confining than a gazebo. Acrylic sculptures, lighted displays, and other items add a personalized touch to your garden. Display small water fountains, flowers, and more on our easy to clean displays.

Integrate your deck into the landscape by using various custom wood displays. The varying heights of the plants will blend the deck right into the scenery. Use different styles to create a unique design like our illuminated displays for a nightly ambience.

We offer a variety of custom wood displays to suit your every need. The Walnut veneer Donut Pedestal offers a Zen appeal with its’ simplistic design. For a more luxurious look, try our Cherry Image Pedestal with Custom Top. It’s sleek and sophisticated style will be sure to add class to your landscape.

Be sure to glance at our other designs. I am sure we can accommodate you. We are the pedestal source for hand crafted pedestals trusted by companies such as the Westin, Hilton, and other prestigious organizations.

Buying The Right Art Gallery Pedestals Can Make Your Gallery Come To Life

When it comes to career choices, the starving artist has got to be at the top of the list of most difficult. This is why taking every opportunity you are afforded is very important. When you have the chance to show a gallery, you want everything to be perfect, right down to the art gallery pedestals your work will be displayed on.

Getting The Right Fit

Finding the right look and feel for your gallery is a very important ingredient to making the whole thing come to life. By doing your research when it comes to the pedestals you choose to display your art on, you can really make everything come together. No matter if you want to create an earthy feel with a wood pedestal or an overtly arty feel with black and white ones, getting the correct tone is the real key to making everything work out.

Know Your Budget

It is also wide to know how much you can ultimately spend on your pedestals. If you have your heart set on a certain type, but you cannot afford enough to get as many as you need, you may want to downgrade just a bit so you can get the adequate amount of pedestals that you need. This will make all the difference in the world and give you a gallery that will be utterly awe inspiring.

When it comes to art gallery exhibits, it is very important to get the right pedestals for your project while staying under the budget. By doing this, you will be creating a wonderful and long lasting memory in people’s minds while also keeping your pocket book intact. You are, after all, a starving artist. If you have any questions or concerns about our pedestals, please contact us.

Create Glamorous Wedding Reception Decor with Custom Pedestals

A quick survey of bridal magazines and it’s easy to see that summer and fall 2013 are all about vintage glamour. If you do decide to go with the trend, consider using custom pedestals throughout your wedding reception area. They are an excellent and refined way to convey the feeling of timeless elegance. Read on for a few decorating suggestions:

Urban Pedestals

If you plan on using metallic accent colors, our line of urban pedestals would be ideal. Take the Lighted Brushed Aluminum Laminate Pedestals for example. They would look exceptional either lining the corridor to the reception area or placed throughout the wedding reception venue itself. Each pedestal is capable of supporting 75 pounds or less. Thus, you can use them to highlight romantic centerpieces that match your wedding’s theme. Other materials found within our urban pedestal line are polished concrete and handcrafted steel.

Wood Pedestals

Are you hoping to create a Great Gatsby vibe instead? If so, our wood pedestals may be more appropriate. The Burlington Round Fluted Wood Pedestal and the Camden Wood Pedestal are two to consider. The round fluted pedestals would look outstanding placed at an entrance way and topped with cascading flowers. Flowers and greenery to consider placing on top of the custom pedestals are calla lilies, orchids and English Ivy. The Camden Wood Pedestal, on the other hand, would look lovely adorned with flowers and placed on each side of the gift table.

Laminate Pedestals

Our custom pedestals also come outfitted with various laminates. They could be used to create an elegant, Hollywood feel. The laminate pedestals vary in size, shape, color and sheen. Popular finishes on offer are black star granite, high gloss black, crystalline ice, black alicante and antique topaz. To work them into a classic Hollywood design, consider topping each one with art deco sculptures or flower vases.

Would you like more suggestions on how to incorporate custom pedestals into your wedding plans? Contact us toll-free at 1-800-333-9953 or use the live chat option on the Pedestal Source website. We are also on Pinterest and Facebook.

Contemporary Pedestals for The Home

There was a time in my life that I can remember when looking for that perfect way to display my prized piece of art in my apartment; an official Tom Brady bobble-head doll. Turns out, I had just the spot for it on the hand-me-down hassock I was using as a coffee table. Since then, I’d like to think my tastes have been somewhat refined…okay, my wife insists on putting the bobble heads in storage and now we have a perfectly elegant looking actual coffee table. Point is, once you outgrow certain stages in life, you begin to acquire somewhat finer pieces of art to display and therefore the need arises for better displays to showcase said finer pieces of art. It’s easy to think that the current end tables and shelves in your home can properly serve as a display for your finest pictures and sculptures. The tendancy is to think that designer, contemporary pedestals are reserved for museums and galleries. To the contrary, the best made, hand-crafted, contemporary displays can be perfectly utilized in the home and are readily available for anyone willing to look no further than Pedestal Source, a Xylem Design e-store.

The hand-crafted contemporary pedestals found at Xylem Design could be viewed as art in their own right and prove perfectly suitable in every instance as a display for your home’s finest sculptures, pictures, or modern art collection. Wood, acryllic, illuminated, cyllinder-shaped, cube, tall or short, and more. Our pedestals come available in all shapes and sizes, and can provide enough elegance and beauty for your home to be deemed “museum quality” at every casual glance or more concentrated focus of your display piece.

We at Xylem Design approach our business with the same hard-working, honest, and simplicitic values that we put into our products. If you are ever dissatisfied with any of our pedestals or cube tables, contact us and we will fix the problem, replace the item, or refund your money. It’s that simple.

Brighten Your Dark Spaces with Our Mirrored Pedestals

Do you need to set up an attractive display in a small, dark corner space? We have some suggestions for using our mirrored pedestals to help bring light into the darkness.

  • We have a number of tapered pedestals with mirrored bases. They come in a wide variety of laminate colors and textures, each of which is reflected back into the room from the mirrored base. This means that if you choose white or bright colors for your pedestals (we suggest bamboo, oak, white, or Maroochy Brush W), that brightness will be reflected into the dark corners of your display space.
  • Strategically placed spotlights can also reflect off our mirrored bases, and reflective pedestal surfaces, bringing more light into dark areas. Surprisingly, one good choice for a reflective pedestal is our high gloss black acrylic finish, which reflects light with great elegance.
  • You can also choose metal finishes for greater reflectivity in dark areas of a room. We have brushed aluminum pedestals in a variety of shapes and sizes, with two options for adding light to the pedestal itself—through a bright spotlight or soft, diffused florescent light, set below a frosted acrylic top.
  • Choose our Illuminating Mirrored Manual Turntable Pedestal. This mirrored pedestal reflects light back into the room, and also has a lighted, turntable top to make your display item easy to view from all angles. We even have a motorized option so that your fragile product can be clearly seen from all sides without anyone needing to touch the display at all.

So browse our website today, or call us to discuss the particular issues that you may have with your display space. We have so many pedestal options to choose from that we can solve any dilemma you may face, to bring your products out from the dark and into the light!

Art Pedestals Show Support For The Artist

It takes a lot of work to be a successful artist and if you have a family member or close friend who’s aspiring to be just that, you’re probably familiar with some of the traits exhibited by artists. According to Aletta de Wal, successful artists have five very common traits. Two of the five common traits of artists include the fact that art is at the core of the artist’s life and it’s important to surround oneself with people who are supportive. What better way to show that you support your successful or aspiring artist with an acrylic pedestal?

The core

Some artists aren’t going to make a living producing art. Instead, they do it for a hobby, simply because they love what they’re doing. If art is truly at the core of the life of an artist, then showing appreciation for the heart of who this person really is can make them feel better than simple words ever could.

Supportive people

Many artists love to give their works to friends and loved ones. It’s one thing to say “that’s nice” and shove their painting or sculpture somewhere it might or might not be seen. But imagine if they find their piece literally placed on a pedestal where you’ve shown — not just with words, but with actions — that this work of art has meaning for you and it’s highly valued. Suddenly you’ve shifted yourself from being a passive observer to an active supporter.

To choose the perfect acrylic pedestal for a work of art you’ve been given, feel free to contact us. We’ve been in the business of displaying artwork for over 25 years and we’re happy to help you choose the perfect display for a special piece of artwork.

Celebrating Mothers with Love and Pedestal Discounts

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12. That means you only have 4 more days to decide how you are going to celebrate the wonderful mothers in your life. Mother’s Day, specifically in the United States, has been celebrated since 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it to be a national holiday that was to be held every year on the second Sunday in May. Of course, we Americans were not the first to celebrate our mothers, so let’s take a look at how this tradition began.

Ancient Greeks honored their mother of the gods on a special day, Romans honored their version of the mother of the gods, Christians honored the mother Mary, and the English gave servants a special holiday in order to visit their mothers. According to, “Julia Ward Howe is credited with first suggesting a day to honor American mothers and to celebrate peace in 1872… Howe organized annual Mother’s Day meetings in Boston.” It took years to formalize the day, but “in 1913, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for federal government officials to wear white carnations in honor of mothers on the second Sunday in May.”

Mother’s Day is now the day that mothers receive cards, homemade goodies, treats, clean houses, breakfasts in bed, gifts, and many other pampered luxuries. The question for those who have mothers or mother like figures is what to get for them and how to show them your love and appreciation?

Pedestal Source wants to help you celebrate and spoil your mothers by offering a special discount of 15% off any pedestal that is not already on sale. Better hurry, this deal will only last until Mother’s Day. Simply call our store at 1-800-333-9953 and mention the Mother’s Day discount and you will receive 15% off any pedestal you choose as long as it is not already on sale.

Give your mother something she can place her other Mother’s Day gifts on, give her something she can keep for years to come, give her something that will help decorate her house, give her something that says “I love you and I want you to have something special.”

Mother’s Day is 4 days away, what are you getting for your mother?

Pedestals for Your May Flowers

Spring is definitely here, and most of those April showers have given way to May flowers. Whether in your home or office, the chance to display the best blooms from your garden or local florist is irresistible. But your desk and tables are full, so there’s no appropriate space for that showy bunch of flowers. What can you do?

We suggest that our pedestals are the perfect way to showcase your May flowers. For the home, we have beautiful wooden pedestals with shelves, which give you a top tier for displaying your vase of garden flowers and additional shelves for stylish art objects or your child’s latest sculpture from school. We also have pillar pedestals which add dramatic height to any flower display. Alternatively, if you wish your vase of flowers to stand on something less obvious, we have some lovely clear acrylic pedestals, in modern rectangles or traditional columns.

For the office, we have a number of outstanding options that take up little space but add interest to your reception area or conference room. Our great variety of stylish wood veneer pedestals will match any traditional décor. For the more modern office, you can choose from brushed aluminum, hand ground steel or gloss black pedestals in a variety of interesting shapes and sizes. If you have room for more than one pedestal, consider a small grouping in different sizes, so that your elegant flower display draws the eye upward toward your business logo or other important image on the wall.

Regardless of the layout of your space, there is always room for a pedestal, so contact us today to discuss how we can help you display your May flowers to best advantage.

Enhance Your Work by Using The Right Art Stands

Artwork adds a personal touch to any room. Displaying art the wrong way can be distracting. The right tools can appreciate your art work, confidence and ornamentation. Whether you display art in your home or in a gallery, choosing the perfect art stand is essential. Art stands should entice people, and display your design to the best of its’ ability.

“Any room looks better with some art.” -Barb St. Amant, ABR, with Harry Norman, REALTORS®, in Atlanta, The Right Way to Display Artwork.

Choosing the proper material is important. That is why our art stands come in complementary materials and colors. Black, white, wood and glass are all classy backdrops that allow your art to shine. Your artwork can literally shine with our lighted pedestals.

Sizes and shapes are varied to offer an artistic appeal. Choose art stands based on the size of the works, height of furniture, and ceiling height. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Mix and match colors and materials.

Our Down Light Contemporary Showcase Pedestal Alder Veneer is the perfect substructure for priceless art pieces. Customize the art stand to your liking. Choose between overhead or ambient under lighting. Contemporary or traditional styling options are available. A variety of finishes includes laminates and wood veneers.

There is no visible door hardware or wires. It includes a hidden door lock. Best of all it is made in the USA.

If you plan to sell your art, we have affordable trade show displays. They come in complementary colors. The pedestals are durable. Our displays are easy to put up and take down. Prices start as low as $100.