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Coala helps to create an interior sanctuary

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Antalis Interior Design Award entry ‘Sanctuary House’ is a great example of how Coala large format digital media is helping printers and signmakers venture into new markets.

An exclusive, contemporary, new build house project, entered into the Antalis Interior Design Awards for 2019, beautifully showcases the versatility of Antalis’ Coala range of large format digital media and how it can enhance interior designs.

The owner of Sanctuary House in Devon – which has expansive views over an estuary and nature reserve – is a keen amateur photographer and art collector. He approached Rob Otton, managing director at Exeter based Ashley House Printing Company, to create three important elements of the home’s interior decoration that would reflect these passions.

Using scans of original artwork, Ashley House Printing’s design team carefully adapted the images to create large wall graphics, which were applied to Linvisible doors and surrounding wall areas to create contemporary art features. For the majority of doors, Rob selected Coala 2D Gloss laminate, printed four colours, which was then laminated with Coala 2D matt laminate. For another feature door, Rob chose Coala 2D Gloss White vinyl, printed four colours, and also laminated with Coala 2D matt laminate.

For the main entrance and stairwell of the house, inspiration came from the owner’s nature reserve photographs, with elements from different photos used to create a large frieze that adds texture to the bright and open space. The unusual effect was achieved by digitally cutting Coala Silky Wallcover Textile to create a relief image.

As well as the owner being delighted with the result, Rob says it was a project that gave the team at Ashley House the chance to be a little more creative and experimental: ‘This was a very special project in an astonishing property. It really gave us the chance to show what we are capable of, and to try some techniques with substrates that we hadn’t used before. Coala tends to be our go to range for large format digital and it certainly helped us to produce some outstanding work for the client.’

‘This was our first private interior design project and is something we would certainly be keen to do again. The building’s architect was also ‘blown away’ by the designs and they are now looking to work with us to create similar graphic installations for future projects,’ added Rob.

Besides being entered into the Antalis Interior Design Awards, Sanctuary House is also in the running for a number of architectural awards.

Katie Farr, strategic marketing manager at Antalis, commented: ‘Sanctuary House is a wonderful example of how substrate development in the Coala range is working hand in hand with developments in technology to open up some exciting new business prospects for our customers as well as some wonderful creative installations for their clients.’

Closing date for the Antalis Interior Design Award 2019 is 31 January 2019. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Fespa in Madrid on 24 March.

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