The wow factor

As homeowners look to remodel rather than relocate, suppliers respond with new decorative glass products
Jenni Chase
February 24, 2010
RETAIL

Photo by Jockimo Inc., Newport Beach, Calif.

Homeowner improvement spending is likely to reach a cyclical bottom this quarter and steadily increase through 2010, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity compiled by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. “With signs of stabilization in the national economy, homeowners are once again planning home improvement projects,” said Nicolas Retsinas, director, JCHS, in a 2010 first quarter release.

For retailers, this trend hopefully will translate into more business, as homeowners look to modernize their kitchens and baths. In preparation, industry suppliers have introduced a number of decorative glass products over the past year, many of which are featured below.

 

For the trendy consumer, Sevasa of Spain offers Larsa. Part of the CriSamar Design product line, Larsa decorative glass features large ‘bubbled’ patterns, providing homeowners a unique design option for partitions, doors, furniture, offices and wall coverings. The translucent, acid-etched glass is available in clear, Opticlear, blue, grey, green, bronze, mirror or color lacquered; in thicknesses from 1/8 inch to ½ inch; and sizes of 88 inches by 126 inches. It can be laminated and has an environmental safety ISO 14001 certificate. For more information, contact Sevasa at 34 938 280 333, www.sevasa.com.
 


 RiteBoard glass marker boards from GlassKote USA, Bridgeport, Conn., offer consumers an attractive, high-end alternative to standard dry-erase boards. The glass surface never degrades and can be thoroughly erased without ghosting. A magnetic option is available for posting notes or documents up to 25 pages thick. RiteBoard can be customized to include full-color photos and logos using a permanent watermarking process. The boards come in standard white; other colors are also available. For more information contact GlassKote USA at 866/664-5683, www.glasskoteusa.com.

 

A creative approach to sectional wall accents, bar partitions or full-sized wall partitions, the Wave Wall from Dependable Glass Works, Covington, La., is constructed by laminating ¾-inch-thick sections of clear glass that has been hand-chiseled to produce a wave-like finish. The individual waves are stacked together and laminated to form a solid wall. These laminated glass walls are suitable in applications where safety glazing is required. When illuminated by a back light, the Wave Wall takes on additional life and vibrancy. Dependable Glass can custom-fabricate Wave Walls to fit any dimensions; the walls are available in clear and low-iron glass. For more information, contact Dependable Glass Works at 800/338-2414, www.dependableglass.com.

Photo by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple & Will Crocker Photography, New Orleans

 
 

For customers looking for the practicality of glass with the look of stone, granite or marble, Gardner Glass Products, North Wilkesboro, N.C., offers Dreamwalls Marble Glass. It is available in 65 real patterns taken from high resolution digital images using full-size slabs of stone and marble, and then technologically bonded to glass for permanent beauty. It offers comparable durability to natural stone products; is easy to install; is non-porous and requires no additional sealing or periodic maintenance. Suitable for shower walls, back splashes, countertops and decorative wall accents, DreamWalls Marble Glass is available in sizes of 4 inches by 4 inches, up to 60 inches by 130 inches, with custom fabrication including annealed, tempering, laminating, safety-backing, hole-drilling, custom shapes and finishing edge work. For more information, contact Gardner Glass Products at 800/334-7267 | www.DreamwallsMarbleGlass.com

 

M3 Glass Technologies, Irving, Texas, has added Color Bak backpainted glass to its offering of decorative glass products. The investment has included a new environmentally-friendly paint booth and an expert painter with more than 30 years of experience. M3 has partnered with Cardinal Industrial Finishes to utilize their high performance acrylic urethane paint and new glass adhesion promoter, and the results are amazing. Colors can be matched to samples or paint color numbers, and the paint manufacturer is licensed by Pantone to match PMS numbers, as well. The paint is low-VOC and complies with California's stringent requirements. Color Bak can be supplied in annealed, tempered, laminated, or any combination. For more information, contact M3 Glass Technologies at 800-327-8076 | www.m3glass.com.

 

Specifically designed to provide privacy in exterior and interior spaces, such as the cabinetry pictured, Pavia from Vitro America, Memphis, Tenn., is a satin-finish glass incorporating a subtle touch of creativity and exclusivity. The versatility and aesthetic qualities allow for applications that comfortably blend with creative and functional needs. Pavia is available in single-side acid etched, dual-side, tints and designs; in full containers from Vitro, or in cases, sheets or fabricated from Vitro America. For more information, contact Vitro America at 800/238-6057 | www.vitroamerica.com

 

 

The new Robert A.M. Stern Collection for Bendheim, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, offers homeowners several sophisticated, three-dimensional pattern glasses featuring intricate designs etched on both sides of the glass. The collection is well-suited for partition walls, doors and windows, shower enclosures, cabinet inserts and tabletops. The permanent etched glass surfaces are non-coated, and naturally resistant to fingerprints and staining over the lifetime of the product. The collection is produced on ultra-clear low-iron float glass, utilizing sophisticated production methods with particular attention to the strictest environmental protection standards. For more information, contact Bendheim, Passaic, N.J., at 800/606-7621, www.bendheim.com.

 

Suitable for a wide range of applications, including tables, countertops, shelves, cabinets, furniture fronts and full-glass doors, SGG Master-Shine is the sixth design pattern in the SGG MasterGlass product series. From Saint-Gobain Glass Exprover North America, Scottsdale, Ariz., the sparkly pattern enhances this range of geometric contemporary textures with its uniformly spaced spheres on a typical matte background. It is ideal for use in shower cubicles or bath partitions. Additional applications include partitions and sliding walls, double glazed units, window and façade glazing, balcony partitions, floor tiles or steps. SGG Master-Shine comes in thicknesses of 4 mm (5/32 inch), 6 mm (1/4 inch), 8 mm (5/16 inch) mm and 10 mm (3/8 inch). For more information, contact Saint-Gobain Glass Exprover at 480/607-9400, http://usa.saint-gobain-glass.com.

 

An alternative to the traditional backsplash or wall cladding, Arch Deco Glass’ Sumiglass wood weave laminates provide a unique twist to interior décor. To create this product, the Columbus, Ohio, manufacturer encapsulates a decorative interlayer between two or more layers of adhesive and two or more panes of glass. Proprietary technology and dedicated equipment ensure a permanent bond. This picture is an example of the Sumiglass wood weave laminate with a Cherry veneer interlayer; other interlayer options include printed films, rice papers, fabrics, fiber tones, weaves and metallic films. For more information, contact Arch Deco Glass at 800/870-2519, www.archdecoglass.com.

 

 

As this picture of a modern Asian-inspired residential door illustrates, kiln-fired textured glass can be used in combination with wood and metal framework to create a variety of unique applications. In addition to the MD-213 Rigo textured glass pictured, Meltdown Glass Art & Design, Chandler, Ariz., offers a variety of standard kiln-fired textures; artisans will also work with clients to create one-of-a-kind artwork. Some of the many uses for kiln-fired textured glass include entry and interior doors; window inserts; side panel windows; room dividers; art screens; glass and metal sculptures; furniture such as tables, light fixtures, and desks; and shower enclosures with matching sinks and vanities. For more information, contact Meltdown Glass Art & Design at 480/633-3366, www.meltdownglass.com.

 

Walker Glass Co. Ltd., Montreal, has expanded its Walker Textures Nuance line of custom and stock patterned acid-etched glass and mirror. Custom patterns are available on etched or unetched glass; stock patterns are available in five distinctive designs in the 100 and 300 series. The 300 series is a Satin finish on clear glass that gives greater visibility to the decor through the glass. Both of these series feature a relief effect that adds character to the glass surface. Made of North American float glass, the Walker Textures Nuance line of products is offered in standard sizes of 96 inches by 130 inches, in a range of thicknesses from 3 millimeters to 19 mm in glass and 3 mm to 6 mm in mirror. For more information, contact Walker Glass Co. at 888/320-3030, www.walkerglass.com/patterned-acid-etched-glass.html.

 

For the organic consumer, Carvart, New York City, offers a new line of unique laminated glass products that provide everything from simple vibrant colors and organic Washi papers to fine silks and precious metals, all encapsulated between two layers of glass. Pictured is the Precious Metals Gold Leaf product. These 3-D works of art are suitable for applications including frameless doors, partitions, overhead glazing, shower enclosures, furniture, wall cladding, glass railings and elevator interior cabs. Carvart will work personally with you to create a look that best suits the customer’s needs. For more information, contact Carvart at 888/278-4452 or visit www.carvart.com.

 

Italy’s Omnidecor recently introduced the Elettra collection, comprised of new formats that feature an original palette, including flat nuances and four different patterns: Barcode, Structure, Diamond and Tree. Pictured, Barcode is inspired by the pattern of the same name, but enriches its geometry with the tiny shifting of planes to soften and add depth to its lines. Structure’s look is dynamic, its inspiration musical, referencing notes on a score. Diamond’s ‘diamonds’ are sails, triangles subtly mutating to convey movement, freedom and a subtle alternation of volumes and space, according to the supplier. Lastly, Tree, by designer Marc Krusin, is strongly organic, its geometries branching out in a web both figurative and essential. The colors of the collection are the result of a highly sophisticated research, presenting a chromatic range and alternating bright/opaque. For more information, contact Omnidecor at 39 031 633701, www.omnidecor.it.

 

Jockimo ImagenGlass is a new specialty film involving high quality imagery—photographs, artwork, etc.—applied to PET foil, utilizing special photographic quality dyes. It is laminated inside of glass to meet ASTM standards. From Jockimo Inc., Newport Beach, Calif., ImagenGlass provides a higher quality color range and color intensity than any conventional printing process, according to the supplier. The ImagenGlass process provides a depth of color that enables interior designers, architects and glaziers to fulfill their design vision. For more information, contact Jockimo at 949/251-1560, www.jockimo.com

 

If it’s a glass floor your client is looking for, Goldray Industries, Calgary, Alberta, offers Traction Control Frit for glass flooring. Produced using self-texturing enamel permanently fused to the glass surface, the durable coating provides aggressive traction properties, resulting in a superior slip coefficient, wet or dry.  In addition to safety, glass flooring and stair treads offer a clean, modern look while allowing natural light to pass through the home, reducing electricity consumption, according to the supplier.  With the flexibility to apply standard or custom patterns in virtually any color, and the option to combine other decorative glass products, Goldray’s Traction Control Flooring fulfills translucency, aesthetic and safety requirements. For more information, contact Goldray at 800/640-3709, www.goldrayindustries.com.

Jenni Chase is editorial director of Glass Magazine, e-glass weekly and GlassMagazine.com. Write her at jchase@glass.org.

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