The first part of this series on our Application of the Year honorees profiled first place winner, Iconography Studios and its work wrapping an accordion. The unique projects keep coming as we profile our second place winner here.
Maxwell Dickson, based out of Los Angeles, CA, began in 2010 and today offers products wholesale to large online retailers and brick-and-mortar furniture stores. Its range of products includes wall clocks, canvas art, pillows, and coffee tables. These are all created, designed, printed, and manufactured in house in a 3,500 square foot location with six employees.
The home décor creator regularly thinks out of the box to present customers with the most innovative solutions to sell at both a commercial and residential level. Earning second place in this year’s contest was a recent print to glass that would eventually become part of a coffee table. The glass table was developed to sell at retail. Designed by the internal creative team, imagery included colorful fishes over a gray-black background.
3/8 of an inch thick tempered glass was run through the company’s Roland DGA Corporation VersaUV LEJ-640 64-inch hybrid printer with Roland ECO-UV inks. This device is roughly used five to six times a week in house, so they rely on it heavily to promote the business and its capabilities.
Despite the familiarity with the machine, one challenge that did arise was placing the glass onto the flatbed. Since it is a hybrid, Maxwell Dickson created a custom carrier case to place the glass into before printing.
The final dimensions of the glass, which was eventually placed on stands attached to hollow caster wheels to allow the table to move easily, was 24x48x12 inches.
Maxwell Dickson continues to receive feedback and interest in the project. As James Freeman, co-founder, Maxwell Dickson, explains, “I don’t think people have seen art on a transparent coffee table with unique legs/wheels like this before.”
Again, this printer’s capabilities help expand the graphic arts into new industries. Moving into home décor beyond wallcoverings and other fabric-based applications, this glass table shows just how far technology has come to allow such a project to occur.