Xeikon partnered with innovative designer Hugo Diego of Creative Illusion to produce eye-catching tactile designs using the Xeikon Wall-Covering Suite, an all-in-one digital solution that produces a finished product. The presentation is taking place at Heimtextil from 14-17 January 2015.
Some of the creative wallpaper capabilities Xeikon showcased on its stand include: 3D bleached wooden paneling, bronzed iron sheets and cartoon character inspired designs.
'We are very excited to demonstrate the commercial and creative flexibility that our presses bring to the market and share how innovative designers can use them to develop offerings that stand out in a crowded market. Digital printing technologies from Xeikon allow designers to push boundaries and extend their portfolios with high impact and visually vibrant results, all without any compromise in quality,' said Danny Mertens, Xeikon’s Director Marketing and Business Development Document Printing.
Diego, who launched his new 2015 Textures collection at Heimtextil, explained, 'What makes this collection very special is that we are introducing for the first time wood and rusted metal textures. We will also be introducing a new set of bricks to complement our very popular red brick texture, and bring back our four very popular stone textures. All of our textures are in very high resolution with over a billion pixels. They are seamless and repeat every 12 feet (3.66m) which makes us unique compared to anything else available in the market. This enables us to cover large areas while still maintaining a very realistic effect. We are excited about our ongoing collaboration with Xeikon and the added flexibility it gives us and our customers compared to traditional production processes.' The Hugo Diego 2015 Textures collection catalogue is available online on: http://issuu.com/hugo_diego/docs/2015_textures_collection_-_final_is/1.
While design is critical, digital print has taken production an evolutionary stage forward by enabling the ordering of panels from 0.91m (3ft) to 3m (10ft) in small quantities. Diego added, 'Without this type of printing capability, this product would not exist at this price point with this flexibility. The Xeikon Wall-Covering Suite of tools open a world of possibilities for any designer. Printing is now a very fluid process in my workflow. I can design a collection of textures, murals or patterns for a client, get prototypes printed that will be exactly what the production model will look like, and go into full production, all in one continuous motion. There is no need to use different machines or different substrates. Being able to use the same suite of tools for short runs or large productions is a real time and money saver when designing, creating, producing and distributing wall coverings of all types.'