Monthly Archives: September 2019

The Advantages of Custom Framing

Many people wonder if there really is a difference between custom frames and standard ones that are sold at stores. Well, there is a great difference, especially is the artwork you want to put in the frame is a certain dimension or has value. There is a range of reasons why one should rather choose a custom-made frame than a standard frame.

Quality

Expert picture framers have special tools and equipment as well as techniques for framing. This mastery, when merged with knowledge, provides an excellent quality product. Standard frames are often made of resin or plastic. These frames usually contain a high level of acidity, which can be tremendously harmful to the art. In addition, the area of the frame and matting controls the size of the artwork. On the other hand, when having a frame custom made, you will not have to force your artwork into a specific sized frame.

Personalization

When decorating your space with custom made framing, you are able to express your personality. Standard frames limit your uniqueness, as you have to stick to certain sizes and designs. With custom framing, you are able to create your own design by selecting your preferred design and material.

Protection

Longevity is a key role of a good quality picture frame. Over time, art fades and adds a yellow tint. Most of the time, artwork is usually damaged by natural light. However, materials used in custom framing are specifically designed to protect your art for an extended period. When framing is custom made, it is usually manufactured with acid-free materials and quality mattings to keep it in great condition.

 

Custom frames are becoming a popular idea. Based on your artwork, you are able to define them with custom made framing. If you are interested in having your artwork framed with a custom design, visit Unique Impressions for professional custom framing services in Johannesburg and Cape Town!

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The Importance of Office Interior Design

In your typical workweek, you probably spend more time the office than you do at home. This is not to say that your office should be like your home, however, it should have some great design qualities that make it comfortable as well as productive. Having a goof office interior design allows your employees to work efficiently while still maintaining brand cohesiveness.

Employee satisfaction and productivity is important

Ensuring that the employees at your company are as comfortable as possible will in turn, ensure that they stay productive. This can be achieved by offering different spaces within the workplace that employees can go, depending on what type of work is being done. For example, if collaboration is important on a certain project, working in a creatively stimulating and open space can be very helpful. Equally as important, there should be spaces where employees can buckle down and focus on their work without being interrupted or distracted.

When it comes to maintaining happy employees, you will need to have both; spaces to be productive, and spaces to relax. By creating spaces for employees to relax and have fun, you are encouraging your employees to socialise and take breaks which has been proven too increase satisfaction as well as productivity.

The Importance of Branding

It is important to take a company’s brand into account when you are designing an office as the office space should reflect the brand’s values. If a company claims to be trendy, young and fun but has dark and stuffy little offices, clients will not only be confused but they might start to question the integrity of the company. When your office is designed with the brand in mind, people will get a much better sense of your company’s personality as well as reinforce your brand’s values for a more cohesive image.

At Unique Impressions, we offer a wide range of office and home wallpaper and other great décor ideas. Whether you want bespoke framing, glass writing boards, canvases or paintable wallpaper, we offer it all. Visit our website on www.umiqueimpressions.co.za for more information.

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The History of Wallpaper

If you want a new and different aesthetic for your room, and you want more than “just paint” consider the beauty of wallpaper. Wallpaper is almost seen as clothing for your walls with endless different creative combinations found within in this versatile wall covering.

But what is it about this wallpaper that has kept it around for all these years? For some it is the elegance it offers with just a bit of work, for others it’s a form of artwork, and for others it is a way to combine all the colours in the room into one focal point.
Wallpaper was first used in China in 200 B.C. As the Chinese passed this knowledge to other cultures, the uses and methods of making paper improved with each generation and as other cultures added their own unique touches, textures and prints.

In 1841, Jean Bourdichon hand painted an unbelievable 50 rolls of paper with angels on a blue background for Louis XI of France. The paper was used to decorate his various rooms. Other people that could afford the amount, soon began hiring painters to create these hand painted paper wall coverings for them.

The oldest known pieces of European wallpaper still in existence are from 1509 and were found on the beams of the Lodge of Christ’s College in Cambridge, England.

In 1675, Jean-Michel Papillon, began making block designs in identical, repetitive patterns on rolls of paper and wallpaper as we know it today was born.

Americans began using wallpaper in 1739, when it was introduced by the Philadelphia printer, Plunket Fleeson.

In 1778, Louis XVI issued a law that required the length of a wallpaper roll be about 34 feet.

Around the turn of the 20th century wallpaper pasting machines were invented which made mass production of wall paper much easier and faster to produce.

During the 1920s nearly 400 million rolls of wallpaper were sold, resulting in the decade being dubbed the Golden Age of Wallpaper.

After WWII, wallpaper was improved with plastic resins which made it more durable, washable and stain resistant.

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