A colorful canopy “UR” way

January 1, 2013

An undulating and colorful canopy brings praise, and customers, to a seaside haunt. Yogurt UR Way, a new business on the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk in Hollywood, Fla., needed an entry canopy for an existing building it was adapting for its newest franchise shop. Awnings of Hollywood, designers and fabricators hired for the job, got it …

London 2012 Olympic Stadium wrap

November 1, 2012

As a major American corporate sponsor of the London 2012 Olympics, the Dow Chemical Co. was committed to the rigorous sustainability and environmental standards set by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Dow sponsored the wrap called for by the stadium architects, Populous. A collaboration between the Cooley Group and …

Signage goes high tech

January 1, 2011

New opportunities in building wraps combine specialty fabrics with dazzling digital effects By Mason Riddle Outdoor advertising is big business. In 2009, advertisers spent $5.9 billion on signage—and more than $3.8 billion of that was on billboards alone. As businesses seek new opportunities to make their brands stand out, the sign industry is meeting the …

Architectural elements interact with event audience

May 1, 2009

Fabric Images Inc. | Elgin, Ill., United States Taction — The Art of Touching Experience event showroom, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the commercial interiors category of the 2008 International Achievement Awards, was a 3-D example of how the sense of touch, the personalities of textiles and Superwide dye-sublimation printing interact and complement …

Interactive installation lights up Eindhoven

March 1, 2009

LEAD Inc.’s collaboration with light architect Meeß-Olsohn. By Mason Riddle For architect and designer Ali Hashmeti and his collaborator Dr. Lars Meeß-Olsohn, fabric was the perfect material from which to construct their interactive installation “Dar Luz” for GLOW 2008, the third annual International Forum of Light in Art and Architecture in Eindhoven, Netherlands. “Our general …

Artists and architects create unique works for GLOW

January 1, 2009

For 10 days in November 2008, downtown Eindhoven, The Netherlands, became an open-air museum to several dozen art and design installations of light in the third edition of GLOW, an international light event. By invitation, artists and architects created unique works for specific sites in downtown Eindhoven that were experienced by more than 65,000 visitors. …

Public art project explores city’s history

Fabric and graphics in a downtown carries the message of universality. By Mason Riddle Speaking of Home is one of those public art projects that should hang around, maybe forever, so deft is it at engaging passersby and infusing a bit of spirit into its rather static surroundings. Alas, the temporary, site-specific installation by Minneapolis …

Double-sided banners create visually appealing storefront

May 1, 2008

Banner Creations Inc. | Minneapolis, Minn., United States The challenge was to create a storefront display that better utilized the customer’s expensive retail space and to create an environment that provided privacy without being totally closed off. The space, an Avant storefront in Minneapolis, Minn., also needed to be visually pleasing to customers inside while …

Jamestown Settlement exhibit ensconced in fabric

March 1, 2008

Tension fabric R & D leader, Transformit, has contributed its expertise to the recently opened Jamestown Settlement Museum. Among these contributions are monolithic panels that recreate the forest environment where the settlement existed, and curved ceiling panels that integrate lighting and projection elements. The Jamestown forest is replicated as a series of towering fabric panels …

Printed foil scrims create a fitting memorial

Memorial for the victims of the bombings in Madrid uses printed ETFE scrims. By Helen Elias On 11 March 2004 ten bombs ripped open four commuter trains at three Madrid stations during the heart of the Spanish capital’s busy rush hour period. The trains were packed with office workers, students, schoolchildren, and visitors. One hundred …