The Biggest Trends in Glass for Homes
Living in an all-glass house doesn’t have to mean investing
in good drapes or being one with nature à la Philip Johnson (see
September 2007 USGlass, page 86). Texture and color can lend warmth and
vibrancy to materials that can offer plenty of privacy along with loads
of style. Glass can be used all over the house in new and creative ways,
as shown in the USGlass Idea House on the following pages.
Talk about making an entrance—a glass staircase can be a showstopper.
The unique use of laminated lighting creates a vibrant glow within these
aqua blue glass treads from Nathan Allan Glass Studios Inc. in Richmond,
British Columbia. The selection of low-iron glass helped to maintain the
true color in this staircase, while glass sandpaper on the walking surface
prevents slips or slides.
The Belleville® smooth 2-panel door and sidelites with Mondrian™ Specialty™
Glass by Masonite® in Tampa, Fla., lets the light inside through a
light etching in a balanced and symmetrical cubist pattern. It features
SpectraWeld™ technology, which bonds glass with composite material to
simulate caming. Specialty glass can be installed in a variety of 6-foot
8-inch or 8-foot entry door configurations.
Using glass in flooring applications is an innovative way to bring natural
light deeper into a living space, according to Goldray Industries in Calgary,
Alberta. By using heat treated, laminated glass combined with a slip-resistant
coating, this homeowner can be assured of both a safe and interesting
element within their home.
Abersham Technology Group in Waukesha, Wis., includes glass in all of
its Ambiente Housing—in the modular panels. The company uses waste glass
material to create cenospheres, spherical glass beads with air pockets
that are structurally strong, light and inexpensive. Ambiente’s “Ambi-Cells”
glass beads are then mixed with resin to make Ambi-Core, the core material
of the panels.
This glass clamp mounting system from Morse Industries in Kent, Wash.,
installs to concrete, hardwood or structural steel and in most cases does
not disrupt existing finishes, making it ideal for new and existing applications.
These glass tiles make green even more stylish; in many of its products
manufacturer Oceanside Glasstile in Carlsbad, Calif., incorporates post-consumer
recycled bottle glass and/or glass recycled from the company’s manufacturing
The Swiss company Millcell AG is putting a new spin on glass’ thermal
performance features. The company uses waste glass to create millcell®,
a building material that can be used for, among other things, insulation.
The manufacturer says the foam glass pieces offer excellent sound transmission
and absorption properties and high load-bearing capacity.
Close the Loop LLC in Kunkletown, Pa., is adding a bit of sparkle to landscaping
with a wide selection of colors and sizes of recycled glass for mulch
and landscaping purposes. The company says its proprietary production
process produces glass that has virtually no sharp edges. It’s a long-lasting
alternative to traditional bark or gravel mulches, and never fades or
needs replacing. An added bonus—glass is a natural deterrent to slugs
when used around the garden.
A colorful backsplash can bring together a room. Here Anchor Ventana in
Round Rock, Texas, supplied Gardner Glass Products’ Dreamwalls color glass
for the backsplash and cabinetry. The back-painted glass uses ultra clear,
low-iron Starphire glass to ensure the color specified is the color installed.
Homeowners can showcase the delightful things inside their pantry with
an artistic door. Sans Soucie Art Glass Studios Inc. in Palm Desert, Calif.,
offers about 20 sandblasted designs, in one of three techniques, for glass
pantry doors. Customers can choose the solid frost effect (the quickest
and most economical method), dimensional (where only the surface of the
glass effected) or 3D carved (sandblasting with both dimension and depth)
Custom-made glass countertops from ThinkGlass in Boisbriand, Quebec, are
a creative solution for homeowners seeking to add interest to a contemporary
kitchen. The transparency of this 1 ½-inch-thick custom glass countertop
countertops, illuminated by natural white LED’s, brightened the whole
kitchen. The Crystal color of the countertops creates an open space while
the Natura texture adds interest.
Modono™ Glass in Rochester, N.Y., manufactures its Modono Glass Tile Collection
using dichroic thin film technology to produce a prism of changing color.
The result is a tile for numerous applications that appear to change to
viewers as they pass by.
Looking to liven up the bathroom? Homeowners can transform this space
into an island retreat or a kid-friendly space with imaged glass shower
doors from Arizona Shower Door in Phoenix.
Gravity Glas in Scottsdale, Ariz., offers a wide range of kiln cast glass
products. Its full line of glass vessel and traditional glass sinks, including
its Mardi Gras sink from the Gravity Series, is created by a team of artisans
with more than 20 years experience in the art of handmade glass.
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