Lorry curtains get the creative juices flowing

July 18, 2018

For over 100 years, Pear Stairs, the leading manufacturer of unique, sustainable, staircases has been working with the best designers and craftsmen to produce stairs and staircases to suit every customer's design.

With this kind of reputation, it was little wonder that when it came to their lorry curtains Pear Stairs carried through this creative flair into a range of surreal designs, giving a massive pear-shaped twist to a host of famous paintings.

Inspired by M. C. Escher’s painting Relativity, with its never-ending, impossible staircase, the aim was to pique people’s curiosity by making the images both obvious and obscure at the same time. Great works of art were developed with a ‘pear’ theme and printed at eye-popping proportions onto the lorry curtains.

Vermeer’s The Girl with the Pear Earring, Magritte’s Son of Man and Damien Hirst’s A Pear Divided are just a few of the works that were given the Pear Stair twist along with Salvador Dali’s famous melting clocks – or rather, pears – and even Munch’s The Scream.

The designs are the work of the manufacturer’s talented team of artists and the project was led by Clare Harper, who studied art at Central Saint Martins in London. Although there are pears and stairs covering large parts of the canvases, any reference to the company name is subtly woven into the picture so you have to look for it.

Structure-flex, who has been a leading manufacturer of high quality tension curtains since the product was first invented in the early 1970s, prides itself on the accurate transfer of its client’s designs onto the curtain surface so were perfect in bringing the pieces of work to life.

Each of the curtains were manufactured from 900gsm 2x2 Panama PVC coated polyester, a high gloss lacquered material that were not only a great surface to show off the designs but also a durable fabric to withstand the rigours of the road.

“We wanted our new delivery vehicles to make heads turn when they travel across the UK,” explained Clare. “So we create the unique designs to reflect our beautifully crafted staircases and stair parts; original, high quality, and with superb attention to detail.”

Well, they most certainly do that.

Watch this short video of how Structure-flex uses its 45 years of manufacturing quality tension curtains to bring great works of art to life for Pear Stairs below:

For further information on Structure-flex, please visit www.structure-flex.co.uk.

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