Back in June we announced the formation of a new innovation team at Leach HQ. Sparked by the appointment of Mike Willshaw, a senior expert in industrial design, the department’s brief ever since has been to come up with new and unexpected graphic displays that will get the industry talking.
And a peek behind the scenes at what they’ve been up to over the past couple of months, shows that they’re not about to disappoint!
It’s difficult to cram five months of updates into one blog post, but some of the team’s notable highlights since the summer include:
Our new ‘Lightwall’
Taking our renowned Vision product to a whole new level, we’ve developed a double-sided lightbox with 170mm wide extrusion. The lightwall is designed to be used on an incredibly large scale and with different lighting types.
The solution makes fantastic use of a flexible light sheet which can be rolled up for easy transportation and applied to the frame without any tools. In other words, a skilled install team is not required. Lightwall not only provides a hassle-free tool-less build and easy transportation, it is also easy to pack, store and re-use as required.
The options don’t stop there. The product can also be suspended, curved or built to hold a TV/monitor. It is designed for wow factor impact and versatility, not to mention re-use which will shorten the payback period expected from this striking display.
Set to prove incredibly popular within the retail industry, the team has devised a new 65mm lightbox. With its ultrathin edge set at a 45⁰ angle, all the way around the product, the result is a graphic that looks like it is floating away from the wall. When illuminated, the illusion is even more eye-catching.
The team predicts that major brands will begin to consider this as a unique hybrid solution which combines the eye-catching illumination and large-format of typical fabric graphics, with the slim, sleek and sophisticated look of an acrylic lightbox. With only the graphic visible, rather than the metal edge, this innovation offers an impactful alternative to a standard lightbox, with the option of a halo illumination effect too. It’s a lightbox, but not as you know it…
Like the lightwall, this is also a very flexible product. The lightboxes can be joined together to form a large illuminated cube, for example, with all six sides visible. There is also the option for the underside to be fitted with an opaque white graphic, which would light the floor below, should the structure be hung from a ceiling. Alternatively, the cube could easily be suspended on a 45⁰ angle, very much like a Rubix cube, which will surely have some stand-out clout on the events scene. The goal is to provide a little new design inspiration that will get clients thinking about something new for 2018 and beyond…
The Tension Lock System
As previewed in a recent blog, this clever solution is designed to help overcome some of the common installation failings encountered when using fabric graphics on exhibition stands. Offering a convenient alternative to a sewn silicone edge, the system enables the graphics to be neatly and professionally fixed into any frame with a 4mm channel, giving a newfound level of assurance to clients that source their graphics and stands from different suppliers. And when the graphic fits correctly each time, this removes last minute headaches and the focus can shift on to delivering the wow-factor required. (If you need a bit more peace of mind when it comes to fabric graphics for your exhibition stand, download our free ‘guide to greater ROI’ white paper).
These are just some of the team’s highlights, and there are more announcements to come, but we don’t want to give everything away at once, of course.
If you think these graphic display solutions could help give your brand the added wow factor in 2018, please contact us