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Ridding Your Home Of Boring Walls: Manual Designs

We’ve stressed this before, the walls in a man’s home say a lot about his personality. You’ll want something sophisticated, unique and, for the love of God, framed. Thumbtacks are for babies. That’s why when we came across these affordable hand-made car prints from Manual Designs, we had to post them here on of Iron & Oak. All they need are some fancy frames and they’d be perfect accent pieces for any macho car enthusiast’s home.

RIDDING YOUR HOME OF BORING WALLS: MANUAL DESIGNSManual Designs is the expressive brainchild of Christopher Holewski, a stencil artist from West Orange, N.J.

“I work all day on a computer, and when I come home, I just want to do something with my hands. I want to create something. I want to build something,” Holewski states in his video, which we’ve posted below.

Operating under his moniker, Manual Designs – a double entendre describing his hand-made, manual art as well as a reference to a car’s manual transmission – Holewski designs each stencil based on a photograph. The designs are then transferred to a laminate, cut out by hand and spray-painted accordingly, finalizing each print. 

RIDDING YOUR HOME OF BORING WALLS: MANUAL DESIGNSSo far, Holewski has successfully printed a variety of noteworthy automobiles from yesteryear. And they’re all pretty badass. Some of the pieces from his line of work include prints of BMW’s 2002 Turbo, old-school Volkswagen Beetles, beautiful Shelby Cobras and even the Porsche 911, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.

Each print is signed and numbered by Holewski himself and printed on a 20” x 16” sheet of acid free, heavy weight Strathmore paper with tattered edges. The prints range between $50 and $100, depending on whether or not they’re the original hand-made prints or the digital reproductions. Those interested in memorializing their own cars can even request customized prints for $300.

RIDDING YOUR HOME OF BORING WALLS: MANUAL DESIGNSAgain, it’d be a real shame to push thumbtacks through pieces of artwork like these. Holewski worked long and hard on these prints. Why ruin them? If you’re interested in picking one of these babies up, consider a nice frame. Not only will it preserve your print, but it’ll make it pop on whichever wall you choose to hang it on.

So which print is your favorite? Where would a print like this fit in your home? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to visit Manual Designs’ web store to check out all of Holewski’s other prints.




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