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TNT Express wins 3M design contest with creative glazing treatments

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A special sign and graphics competition, organised by 3M in the Netherlands for sign and graphic companies who use 3M brand solutions onto glass and glazing surfaces, received many creative project applications uploaded to their website. A judging panel comprising professionals from the sign, architecture and facilities management industries, selected the best ten and made personal visits to the top three.

Dutch Converter, van beem and van Haagen, won the competition with their fantastic project for TNT Express entitled the 'TNT Green office'. With the design work undertaken by Studio Dumbar, TNT had used two different materials from 3M, one digitally printed and one of solid colour.

The judges commented that the project displayed

"an excellent combination of functional and aesthetic properties which can be achieved with the use of window film. An ambitious project with modest implementation (less is more) which is sympathetic with the architecture of the building and also with the mission statement of TNT. The thoughts and wishes from the architect and TNT were heard and translated into a technical design. Various percentages of print densities create the desired privacy. It is amazing to see how digital printing can create a decorative effect which appeals to lime paint on glass. This connects with the many white wash applications in the building, interior and signage wise. Clear communication with the client, digital craftsmanship, knowledge of materials and precise mounting are in perfect harmony."