The ingenuity of our clients, never ceases to amaze us, especially when space and more importantly money becomes a deciding factor.
Take an up and coming London West End gallery, who approached us towards the end of last year to organise a storage and archive room for them. Without wishing to encroach on their gallery space, which effectively is their shop window to the world, the store size was reduced to the minimum.
Double skinned static picture racking (aka toast racks) featured heavily in the remit, along with an over sized plan chest with working area above. This allowed them to store a large quantity of paintings in a very efficient way, whilst offering the flexibility that they needed, to adjust for the size of painting, as their stock fluctuates. The units are also able to be easily dis-assembled & relocated, allowing them to move this equipment to a larger gallery as their business grows.
But where do you put all of those everyday commercial gallery essentials, that you need to run a gallery business? Why not put them in with the art, which is exactly what our client has done. The double skinned construction of the static picture racking (aka toast racks), which eliminates all sharp edges, allows all of those sundry, necessary items to sit next to your art inventory, without risk of damage to either of them.
We are given some real challenges - Archive in London basement level with access issues. Completed in 2 days this job included s special size plan chest, static picture racking (built above the plan chest), double skin shelving, cantilever shelving for rolled textiles and wall hung fixed mesh picture racking. This archive storage solution covered a wide collection from the renowned collector William Morris one of England's most inspiring designer. The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to the life and legacy of William Morris: designer, craftsman, socialist.
We like to think of this NEW Polstore product as a 5 in 1 Art Handling Table
1) Storage of artworks and consumables
2) Storage underside of tools and sundries
3) Working desk for cataloging, study and and inspection
4) Workstation of preparation, packing and repair
5) Transportation trolley
Ideal for art galleries, auction house and private collections.
The art handling trolley / workstation is manufactured from high grade steel with a powder coated finish which is highly durable and does not off gas. The drawer storage cabinet underneath has full extension pull out drawers which can be supplied with various drawer heights to suit your application. The client will use the cabinet for consumable and tool storage. The worksurface has a brushed stainless steel edging for 2 reasons - durability and snag free. Each corner is welded and polished. We will add a fabric layer over the worksurface and back board to ensure safe and careful handling of artworks and objects. The rear back board folds back flat to increase the table depth.
Picture Racking for artworks is a flexible system with many options and specifications to suit your needs. Every requirement is different whether it be access to the store, size, hanging types or floor finish. Polstore's latest install uses our goal post picture racking system with vertical hanging racks laterally supported above and below. The goal post system which supports all the picture racks is ideal for installation into listed buildings as there are no fixings required into the ceiling or walls. The floor is free from track - practical in the sense trolleys can be used without obstacles, safe as no trip hazards and without doubt aesthetically pleasing.
This install is situated in a basement for a large corporate archive. As part of the complete Archive Storage Solution Polstore have also supplied dust proof cabinets, AO and A1 plan chests, archive shelving, filing cabinets and plan chests. We have also now commissioned our humidity controlled cupboard - another blog coming soon.
Polstore has a wealth of experience in designing and installing picture racking systems for artworks into galleries, museums, archives and private collections. What we are really proud of though, is when at first the client wasn't sure if they a) had the budget b) the need c) confidence to change; and when they see the final result they are delighted that this was the right decision.
This London Gallery has benefited from a static art racking system which follows the contours of the ceiling maximising height capacity without comprising on stability. It will ensure that artworks are stored safely, easily access for quick retrieval and identifiable for audit.