We are thrilled to start 2018 by sharing the news that Signarture has been awarded Best of Houzz for a fifth successive year.
The award is determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of recent reviews from clients. Signarture has consistently received 5-star ratings from their clients and several images of their artworks are among the most popular in the Artwork category as voted by the 40 million active members of the global Houzz community.
We're very grateful to those clients who took the time to write their reviews that earned us the award. We've also earned a couple of other Houzz badges of recommendation, acknowledging that our professional design knowledge and advice is highly valued.
"The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year's recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, VP Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise."
If you haven't yet taken a look at Houzz, it provides not only inspiration for your next renovation or redecorating project, but an easy way to connect with the design professionals who can help make it happen for you.
Thank you clients, thank you Houzz!
Check it out here: http://www.houzz.com/pro/signarture
Pantone, the global colour authority, have just announced their 'Colour of the Year' for 2018: Ultra Violet 18-3838. Symbolic of the prevalent global culture, the colour of the year is an expression of the collective mood and attitude.
We are living in times that require inventiveness and imagination and, according to the Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, ultra violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.
The colour is certainly provocative, and dominant. In an interior, it can easily overpower other elements and as such ultra violet requires careful coordination. It is perhaps best used as an accent colour, introduced through decorative elements such as artworks, so as not to overwhelm.
We took inspiration from nature, pairing the an ultra-violet hue with complementary deep oranges and citrus greens when creating new colourways for our popular 'Lhotse' design.
Fittingly, lhotse is a design from our Aura collection, which features organic forms in meditative arrangement. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world, and the use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.
As Pantone state, as a color that can take you in so many directions, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or contemporary boldness.
With the days growing longer and the holidays in sight, this is the time of year that we start to visualize the summer months ahead relaxing or entertaining outdoors.
And our expectations of 'outdoor living' have changed dramatically over the last decade. No longer will a few aluminium folding chairs and a Weber barbecue suffice! With the advent of synthetic wicker, all-weather fabrics, outdoor lighting and indoor-outdoor carpets, you can now live as stylishly and comfortably outdoors as you do indoors.
To make the most of al fresco living, look at your patio, courtyard, balcony or pool area in the same way you might approach a room. You'll first need to consider:
But to create an outdoor room you're going to need more. Pattern and texture are key and, as with any indoor space, its the accessories and the artworks that you choose that transform bland and uninviting into something that expresses your personal style.
Metal artworks are a popular choice but if you're looking for something different, you might like to consider our perspex artworks.
Perspex is a brand of acrylic glass, a material which is half the weight of actual glass, far less fragile, offers much greater UV resistance and is crystal clear.
To create the artworks we use inks that offer the optimum in UV resistance resulting in a finished product that has excellent weather resistance, and is unaffected by humidity in which other materials would corrode, warp or degrade.
We utilise the transparency of the medium to generate the stunning shadow-casting, and this takes on an extra dimension in an outdoor setting where the angle and intensity of the light is constantly shifting.
If your terrace, patio, courtyard, balcony or pool area is looking less than inviting, have a look through our perspex art collections and create a space you'll love to spend time in this summer.
Any of our showroom partners across Australia would be delighted to help you with furniture too!
Colour is a powerful and emotive force, and we go to great lengths to provide clients with colour assurance because of the potential for disparity between the colour experienced on screen versus that experienced in reality.
Yet, ultimately, experiencing colour is in fact completely dependent on its physical, visual, artistic, and cultural context.
Despite an entire industry’s best efforts to name and codify colours, whether that be with the Pantone, RAL or NCS systems, they constantly shift in response to light and space. An environment can affect a colour as much as a colour affects our environments. It’s the reason why the paint you choose always looks different on a wall than it did on the paint chip.
Colour pigments interact with light and hence colours take on different hues depending on the time of the day and the brightness and temperature of light.
Our brains respond to stimuli produced when incoming light reacts with various cone cells in our eyes, but colours appear differently based on the other colours they’re paired with, the materials they’re used on, the shape of an object or space they are in, and the quality of light.
In the case of natural light, that means colours even change in hue over the course of a single day. A colour might look differently in the warm morning light than it does in the cooler light in the evening or, obviously, the dark. They might change subtly or drastically depending on the pigment.
A wonderful new exhibition at the Design Museum in London, this concept - known scientifically as metamersim - is wonderfully illustrated, not least by a series of multi-faceted vessels by Hella Jongerius.
The angled surfaces each differently capture and reflect the colours of the surfaces they are placed, so each panel appears to be a slightly different hue than its neighbour, even though they are all rendered in the same colour.
So, whilst we believe in providing you with the best colour assurance possible, you might like to reflect on the idea that colours can’t actually be controlled. As the exhibition designer Alex Newson says: “You can select colours based on expected performance, but they will usually surprise you. It’s better to be freer in how we can enjoy colour, and the idiosyncrasies and unexpected elements of colour.”
Bringing the outside in is an enduring trend contributing to Pantone's choice of Greenery as the colour of 2017. If you're lucky enough to be surrounded by lush, natural greenery, then employing floor to ceiling glass or expansive windows to connect you to nature may be all you need.
But where the views are more challenging, and that connection to nature is lost, introducing living green walls, botanically-themed wallpaper, artworks or accent pieces is the way to go.
And whilst painting or wallpapering takes plenty of preparation and a fair chunk of time if you're going to do it yourself, hanging an artwork takes less than an hour, has an immediate impact and a transformative effect on your space.
If you didn't get around to it over the Christmas / New year break, then the four day Easter holiday is often seen as the perfect opportunity to inject some new life into your home - the literal meaning of 'renovate'.
Finding that artwork that you love, complements your colour scheme, and is available in the right size for your space now takes a lot less time. You won't need to walk into a hundred gallery spaces searching for the one.
With our bespoke approach, Signarture solves all your usual artwork dilemmas by making it possible for you to order exactly the combination of artwork / colour / shape and size you need.
If you fall in love with any of our designs, you can very easily make it your own by customising it to suit your space.
There are many more than fifty shades of green, but what ever shade of green you like - fir, spruce, moss, jade, teal, apple, emerald - you'll find they are all super easy to specify.
We are thrilled to start 2017 by sharing the news that Signarture has been awarded Best of Houzz for a fourth successive year.
The award is determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of reviews received throughout the previous year. Signarture consistently received 5-star ratings from their clients and several images of their artworks are among the most popular in the Artwork category as voted by the 40 million members of the Houzz community.
We're very grateful to those clients who took the time to write their reviews that earned us the award. If you haven't yet taken a look at Houzz, it provides not only inspiration for your next renovation or redecorating project, but an easy way to connect with the design professionals who can help make it happen for you.
We received this message from Jason Chuck, Managing Director, Houzz Australia: “We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to such a talented and customer-focused professional who helps turn their clients' home improvement dreams into reality."
Thank you clients, thank you Houzz and thank you Jason!
Check it out here: http://www.houzz.com/pro/signarture