Hotels Are Becoming Fine Art Spaces — But Where Do They Buy Their Art?

Queen Elizabeth sits serenely with eyes closed in a giant photograph — perhaps meant to lull viewers to sleep. Her portrait is not on display in a museum, rather, she hangs in the lobby of London’s Churchill Hyatt Regency, part of a growing trend of hotels that are using artwork to create a unique and memorable experience for their guests. But where do hotels buy their art?

Whether a Hilton, Hyatt or Marriott, these franchises must all meet branding specifications set by a parent company. Art selection, on the other hand, is usually determined by an architect or interior design team hired by the hotel owner. There are also Boutique Hospitality Art Consultants who negotiate with working artists to create custom art packages for hotels.

Art consultancies will often locate artwork from local artists through area art galleries for global placement in luxury hotels around the world. One way for local art galleries to stay informed is to partner with the American Society of Interior Designers Association. This partnership helps galleries get an inside track on current and upcoming interior design projects.

Sometimes these design projects require high-volume and quick turnaround and that’s where digital print technology comes in. Galleries and designers look for quality substrates such as Fredrix Canvas to reproduce museum quality work for their guestroom art pieces. Artists know they can trust their work to Fredrix because of their 150-year-old legacy of making fine canvas products in the U.S.

Fredrix 777VWR Vivid Matte Canvas – is an 18-mil, bright-white, poly/cotton canvas with a 2-over-1 weave. This water-resistant canvas is the smoothest of the Fredrix aqueous canvas line, making it the perfect choice for highly detailed, photographic, decorative gallery wraps on canvas.

Fredrix 901SGSJ Artisan Semi-Gloss Canvas – A poly/cotton blend, 2-over-1 canvas is specially engineered to create beautiful prints with the latest solvent, eco-solvent, and latex inks, providing a wide color gamut, exceptional Dmax, and a consistent, subtle texture.

For more information on Fredrix Canvas offerings, call 800-453-9538 to speak with a LexJet sales representative or visit lexjet.com to purchase Fredrix Canvas today – available exclusively through LexJet.

Let’s Take It Outside with Avery Dennison Films and Laminates

Ever-evolving printer technology allows print service providers to find ways to capture the attention of customers who want to take their advertising outside with exterior, transit or décor graphics. Now, PSPs have even more options for long-term outdoor signage; vehicle, transit and marine graphics; and floor, wall and window advertising, thanks to the addition of Avery Dennison films and laminates to the LexJet portfolio.

“When you need additional longevity or the ability to do vehicle wraps, the Avery Dennison family is the place to find solutions,” says LexJet Sales Rep Dave Grotkiewicz.

Below, we’ve highlighted some of the products to help you create long-term exterior solutions for your customers:

  • Avery Dennison MPI 2105 is an easy-to-use product for producing graphics for anything from fleet vehicles to outdoor signage and trade shows. It features the Easy Apply feature, which helps reduce mistakes during application.
  • Avery Dennison MPI 2050 is a translucent, calendered option that works well for illuminated signs or other backlit applications and offers great image quality.

Both MPI 2105 and MPI 2050 can be used with the Avery Dennison DOL 2000 series of laminates. These 3.1 mil calendered vinyl laminates are available in Gloss (DOL 2060), Luster (DOL 2070) or Matte (DOL 2080) to ensure you get the right finish for your graphics.

One of the best sellers in the Avery Dennison repertoire is the MPI 1105 super cast vinyl. It is designed to be paired with DOL 1060Z High Gloss, DOL 1080Z Matte, DOL 1380Z Matte or DOL 1460Z Gloss for optimal durability and protection. This family of products can be used in wide-ranging applications from fleet and transit to marine and watercraft.

Outside of transportation, the 1105 family can be used in POP/tradeshow applications as well as general outdoor signage. The conformability of this product allows you to tackle rivets, compound or simple curves, and corrugation.  This is one of the most versatile products currently available from LexJet.

When you are ready to unleash your exterior creativity, LexJet has something to help you shine. And don’t forget, fan favorites like LexJet Simple Adhesive Vinyl SUV or LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl are still readily available.

Order Early — Summer Holidays Are Coming!

When you’re not firing up the barbecue and lounging in your flip flops this summer, we know you still want your printing supplies on time. Please keep in mind that UPS observes certain holidays throughout the year, too, so you’ll want to plan for your order shipments accordingly.

This summer, UPS will observe the following days:

  • Memorial Day – May 28, 2018
  • Independence Day – July 4, 2018
  • Labor Day – September 3, 2018

For a full schedule of UPS U.S. 2018 holidays, visit UPS.com.

If you have any questions about orders or shipments, please call LexJet at 800-453-9538.

HP – Take it Back! Ink and Media Recycling Initiatives

Did you know that your HP inkjet cartridges can be recycled? What about your HP recyclable media printed with OEM HP inks? Do you know how easy it is to participate in the program? Read on for answers to all these questions.

HP has been involved with product recycling for over 25 years and utilize the materials in a “closed-loop” process, which means cartridge materials returned are created into raw materials used in the production of future cartridges. This program is easy to follow: simply drop off the original HP inkjet cartridges off at a collection location or ship them to HP by requesting shipping labels.

The HP media recycling program can be used with many of the recyclable Technical and Graphics or Sign and Display products. To be properly recycled, any printed graphics sent in must have been printed using HP printers and HP OEM ink. HP will send you labels and packing instructions for eligible products once you have completed the request. Then it’s as simple as taking it to a UPS drop-off location or handing it over to a UPS driver.

Whether you are participating in the HP Supplies Recycling or the Free HP Large-format Media Recycling, HP has made it easy for you to recycle some of your most frequently purchased products, which means less waste piling up and more raw materials available for production of new products.

If you have questions about either of these recycling initiatives or to replenish any HP products, call 800-453-9538 and speak with a LexJet rep today.

From Banners to Canvas, the All-new LexJet FlexTek Can Do It All

Looking for a multi-functional material that performs for a variety of uses, from canvas to banners and beyond? The new LexJet FlexTek PVC-free, non-woven technical fabric can do it all for a wide range of both indoor and outdoor applications.

Available in both 200g SUV and 170g aqueous versions, FlexTek is finished with a slight texture that looks and feels like traditional fabric. With great tear strength, it can go from grommeted banners to stretched canvas wraps to pole pockets for multiple signage possibilities, including outdoor use (short-term outdoor with 170g aqueous). Plus, with no plasticizers, you get consistent results that you can rely on.

Starting at $0.35 per square foot, FlexTek a versatile, budget-beating, environmentally friendly option.

Product Highlights:

  • PVC-free (no plasticizers) and recyclable with a wide range of post-use options
  • Multi-functional material so you can carry less inventory
  • Comparable to canvas, fabric and other banner materials
  • Cuts clean with no fraying like a fabric
  • Grommetable, stretchable, stitchable
  • Images look great from a distance or up-close

Watch the video above to learn more, and give a LexJet print specialist a call at 800-453-9538 to learn more ways that LexJet FlexTek can work for you.

Now: Simple Grip for Windows — 3 Easy-to-Install Options

Original LexJet Simple Grip

Our award-winning LexJet Simple Grip Backlit film was such a fan favorite that we’ve added two more versions that deliver great window graphic results and are just as easy to install.

Original Simple Grip has a slightly frosted finish that is ideal for high-end retail environments that are enhanced with natural or artificial light — from the front or back — to really make the images pop off the window.

Prepping Simple Grip Clear

LexJet Simple Grip Clear offers a truly transparent film to add a hint of graphics or a dynamic display that allows for some see-through capabilities without perforation holes. Like original Simple Grip, graphics printed on Simple Grip Clear are visible from the inside or outside of the window. Print on the surface of the film to apply on the outside of the window or reverse print to face-mount the graphic from the inside for extra protection.

Printing LexJet Simple Grip White on HP Latex

LexJet Simple Grip White is our third, quick-dry polypropylene option with lay-flat construction that looks great with front lighting. The matte finish adds some opacity and colors and details really pop, especially with added lighting.

Want to see how easy it is to print and install any of the Simple Grip options? Watch this video for step-by-step instructions: