Selecting the right substrates for interior decoration can make all the difference to ensure spaces will look great, even years on. The Edge is an arts and creativity hub at the University of Bath that hosts events, exhibitions and theatre. To make the space appealing and relevant to all users of the hub, design studio Smith & Lewarne were called in to develop a design concept, for which Antalis materials were used.

Selecting the right substrates for interior decoration can make all the difference to ensure spaces will look great, even years on. The Edge is an arts and creativity hub at the University of Bath that hosts events, exhibitions and theatre. To make the space appealing and relevant to all users of the hub, design studio Smith & Lewarne were called in to develop a design concept, for which Antalis materials were used.

Covering the requirements of the brief

With the collaborative nature of the building in mind, Smith & Lewarne created a series of layered abstract images that could be interpreted in multiple ways and that would encourage conversation.


Smith & Lewarne approached specialist print providers in the South West, WithPrint, to produce samples and tests to check the artwork output quality and finish before progressing the job.


Covering walls and windows, the layered design used a lot of mixed media. As The Edge is a high traffic space, it was important that any materials used were robust and durable. WithPrint director Alan Smith contacted Antalis for supply of several materials that he had used before and therefore trusted would provide the desired finish and longevity.

The solution

Window graphics

Drytac Interlam EcoTex lamination

Because the substrates were being used in an indoor public space, it was important that they met fire resistance standards. Antalis advised Alan on the fire resistance of each product, all of which met required regulations. Chosen by Alan for its high stability and durability, panels of aluminium composite board Dilite ACM were used for several sections of the graphic display. The material is also very light, which makes for easier installation. The Dilite ACM was hung on the wall with a split baton, which means it can also be lifted off and re-hung with ease. The printed wall designs were laminated with Drytac Interlam EcoTex, which has a pebble texture that offers additional protection where extensive handling may be involved.

The result

More than three years on, the graphics look as good as the day they were installed. Alan says it’s testament to choosing the right material for the job.

“I’d used all the products before and knew how well they performed, so I had no hesitation in recommending them to Smith & Lewarne.”

Alan Smith, WithPrint Director


 “It’s incredible how after a few years on the walls at The Edge everything the WithPrint team installed looks like it did on day one, even in the corridors where people often queue to enter spaces. So often these sorts of materials get picked at or scuffed, but here that isn’t the case. WithPrint's expertise and valuable advice on specifying the right solution from Antalis, along with conscientious care from the maintenance team at The Edge, have meant this install is as durable as it is eye-catching.”

Jono Lewarne, of Smith & Lewarne

Wall Covering In The Edge hub

Wall Coverings In The edge Hub At Bath University

The technique

Print: Dilite ACM printed using a SwissQ Oryx 3 – UV ink LED cured flatbed printer.
Wallpaper and vinyls printed and cut using Mimaki UVJC 300-160 – UV ink LED cured roll printer.
Laminates were applied using Easymount 1600mm mounter and laminator.

Cut: Dilite cut using Tekcel VXR CNC router and cutter.

Tip: “ Test surfaces and always go for the best product you can”. Alan Smith, WithPrint.

Find out more about WithPrint here.

 

Product information

Dilite ACM

Dilite is an economic decorative panel for interior and exterior flat application and is supplied with a factory peel-off foil on both sides for protection of the coated surface. It has been developed for direct digital printing and is suitable for a range of applications including photo mounting, hoardings, signage and exhibitions.


Drytac Interlam EcoTex

Drytac Interlam EcoTex is a 5.6 mil (140μ) PP laminating film with a pebble textured finish, coated on one side with a pressure sensitive, aqueous acrylic adhesive. This is protected by a bleached Kraft release paper coated on one side with siliconised PE. Interlam EcoTex is phthalate-free and provides excellent image enhancement and moisture protection for indoor graphics.