In early 2012 R-Group was planning to attend that years AMEC Convention to drum up some new business. But with a tight budget and the desire to make a big impact we need to get a little DIY.
If you have even worked for a small-to-medium business you will know there is no room for a "that's not part of my job" attitude, everyone needs to do whatever they can to help ensure a successful job/project/task/event.
By days I am a mild mannered computer programmer, by night I love to design and make things. R-Group asked me to put my design skills to use and construct them a show display.
- Big, bold, bright, attractive.
- Transportable by courier or small truck.
- Light-weight: one man manoeuvre or two man lift.
- Low cost.
|Designed in Google Sketch Up.|
We chose this raised, curved look to create the illusion of a very large, very solid and effortlessly floating mass, we wanted it to appear looming, huge and massive. We wanted patrons to stop and say: "How did they...?"
|Built, ready for paint.|
To save more time and improve quality I had the curved "end" pieces CAD machined at mdfmagic.com.au. This ensured that the 3mm MDF face sat smooth and gap-less against the machined ends and, when painted white, really sold the illusion of a solid wall.
We used 12 volt lighting behind the TV's and the head-boards to produce a nice looking halo effect. Flexible LED strip lights were fantastic for this purpose; bright and low cost.
I am terribly proud of how the display worked out, it drew great attention and was a real conversation starter. The curved walls work as designed with the few curious patrons actually walking up to touch and examine the wall!