More than every once and a while in custom production we find a challenging task. This one entailed construction of a stone table that could hold the weight of a 800 LB stone alter in three days.
This client had brought back this stone altar from one of their trips to Europe. They wanted a custom stone table to be built so the altar would stand off of the floor.
We began with the measurements of the area we had to work in.
We then made several drawings for the client until the final design was approved.
Our customer brought us this star asking to have it framed with an antique mirror. We had to decide what would really make this into a great art installation for the client. This was very exciting for us to come up with a beautiful solution, but also figuring out how to make this work because the piece was going to be so heavy. How do we create the delicate look while making it sturdy? We are in earthquake country after all!
The solution we came up with was to make a steel structure inside the frame to support the weight of the heavy antiqued mirror and star. This is the joy of our custom framing, we can always manage to come up with a solution, when others would say that it can’t be done.
The steel and frame together, you won’t be able to see the steel from the front. You can only see it from behind when hanging the mirror.
The next step was to create a custom finish to match the nails of the star. We used a Variegated gold leaf to create the finish. This gives the variation of color on the frame to mimic the look of the nails. This makes the frame look like it is the same material as the nails. You can’t match an object like this with a pre made frame.
This custom mirror turned out amazing. The combination of custom framing, antiqued mirror, and hand forged star creates a unique art installation! If you had to guess you would think that this was done decades ago, not yesterday. This is one we would love to have in our showroom for us to enjoy!
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Curtis with voila! Gallery
Now that summer has started, owner Katrien Van der Schueren has brought the beach straight to the studio! Known for our unconventionally unique creations, we have launched our first-ever summer series: ‘Life is a Beach.’ After years of experimenting with sand, the studio has perfected the technique application on just about any surface–turning chandeliers into sandeliers.
This sand technique, a creative concept that has opened up new doors in the design world, lends itself perfectly for anything from décor accent in an ocean-front restaurant to the perfect touch of relaxation in an everyday home. Everyone at the studio is looking forward to the endless application possibilities with this technique. Not only can the texture of sand now be integrated into furniture and lighting, but it can also be integrated into our custom frames and mouldings.
Our summer-perfect window displays remind customers and passers-by to stop and take in the moment. Don’t forget to head over to the beach and take in the warm weather while it lasts! For the next best thing, stop by and visit the sand castle that our studio has become. All of our sand creations can also be found at http://www.voilagallery.com/beach-collection.html.
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This custom framing table is truly an example of what sets voila! apart from the rest. We do it all folks, and we mean ALL of it! From the carpentry of the table, to the furniture design, to the lighting design, to the custom moldings, voila! is 100% behind this masterpiece.
At voila! we have 3 groups of people, to create a team unlike any other. We have interior and furniture designers, artisans (such as our metal smith, our carpenters and our finishers) and expert framers, all working together to make your experience and ours fun, creative and professional all at the same time. Our designers created this framing table, did drawings and 3D renderings, and passed those off to our carpenters. From there we crafted a table that was not only beautiful, but functional as well. Finally, the intricate frame moldings were applied to the table to give it a detail that could not exist without our framing staff. Our team has loved using this table on a daily basis and we want to share how special it is with all our fans. Here’s why: The table features organic, eco-friendly fabric that not only prevents damaging the artwork but also lends a neutral space to examine the artwork and select the perfect frame. We provide a variety of lighting: natural sunlight, warm light, white light and spot light. This ensures the customer gets an accurate look at the art with the correct light for their personal space.
As always, we wanted this table to have a fun aspect as well, hence the hand pulley system, another voila! original design. The hands hold both a UV light and a magnifying glass. This is to accurately examine the artwork for possible mold and other conditions that can be treated and prevented through archival framing. This assists with our framing services; preventing future fading, discoloration and acid marks due to our use of conservation materials.
Check out more info about our framing and see all our services at http://www.voilaframingstudio.com!voila! Love, Colleen Grogan Visual Designer
Our single bomb chandelier, inspired MLB Design to commission a two step creation for one of the houses he was designing. With Martyn, extraordinary is the new ordinary. So… we had some figuring out to do, as the scale of the chandelier was quite amazing.
Once we had final approval, our production process was able to begin.
After a couple weeks this was the result.
Charlie Chaplin was certainly a revolutionary in comedy, and someone deeply admired by the designers and craftsmen at voila! studio. Our new clock sports a hand-turned wooden sculpture identical to Charlie’s iconic bowler hat, a swinging pendulum, leather children’s shoes and a detachable cane to complete the picture of this lovable tramp.
check out the clock on our website here
voila! Gallery presents our behind the scenes short film. Come to get inspired and see what we can do for you..
One of our clients from Seattle loved our aesthetic and wanted to bring it into their home. Inspired by all our vintage mannequin hand molds, which we have made into coat hangers and lights, we were now going to make the molds into a water fountain display piece.
We began by making a few mock-ups with hand drawn renderings..
There are many details that go into custom production. We are constantly double checking our work to guarantee amazing design and proper functionality. Since our production studio is based in Los Angeles, and our clients are in Seattle, we made a full ‘to-scale’ wood construction in our studio of what the fountain would look like. This process allowed us to play with the design and see it in real life, and also ensured that the piece would work and flow accordingly.
The next step was the material. We decided that bronze would be the most effective and durable metal to use for the hands.
This is an example of the bronze hand, before we added a custom finish..
After showing different samples, the clients chose an oil rubbed bronze finish..
The owner of voila!, Katrien Van der Schueren helping with the first test install.
Our final product with the oil rubbed bronze finish..