Architectural art glass design firm liquidoranges doesn’t have a bunch of standard products sitting on its shelves. Instead, each product the company creates is specifically designed for a given project. That leaves plenty of room on the shelves for other things—like prestigious awards.

liquidoranges designs and creates custom art glass for architectural applications.
liquidoranges designs and creates custom art glass for architectural applications.

The company recently learned it won two 2015 Design Journal “Award for Design Excellence” Platinum ADEX awards for its laminated art glass for architecture and interiors.

“It’s a prestigious award given to much bigger companies like DuPont, Armstrong, etc.,” says liquidoranges president Reese Schroeder. “So for us to receive an ADEX award, it’s a pretty special thing.”

The company’s art glass wall panels, which it has been producing for a little more than six years, earned one of the awards. The safety laminated art glass can be used as partitions or wall mounted panels, according Schroeder. Panel sizes are customized for site-specific installation, and artworks can be selected from its studio catalog or created specifically for integration with a project.

“It has a broad application potential,” says Schroeder. “Everything we do is focused on architectural application for interior space … It can be used to define spaces like conference rooms or offices, or it can define featured areas, or act as a screen. The panels can also be used horizontally, for table tops or furniture. In vertical applications, if anchored on the wall, it’s a way to create a destination or focal point in space.

“We try to stay away from graphics. Everything we’re doing is really focused more on integrating fine art into a structure.”

The other platinum award-winner was the company’s lluminated Art Glass—its newest product, which utilizes low-voltage LED back-illuminated original studio artworks produced in glass and mounted in aluminum frames. “It provides light,” says Schroeder. “It’s doing something to the space beyond being just a piece of art.”

liquidoranges produced a prototype of the illuminating art glass for Neocon in 2010 but hadn’t really taken it any further until last year.

Moving forward, Schroeder says the company has a busy project schedule ahead in 2015, including a casino in Las Vegas that is replacing its marble with liquidoranges’ art glass. “Being only the beginning of February, there’s already a lot of activity,” he says. “It looks like it’s going to be a good year.”