You know you're a glass geek when...
You turn to your spouse while having a romantic dinner out and say, “You know what would make a good commercial for interior glass doors?”
And yes, this did actually happen. My husband and I were seated near a private dining area in a local restaurant that was sectioned off by sliding glass doors. A little boy who looked to be about six years old was effortlessly sliding the doors open and closed. I thought to myself, what a great way to show how aesthetically pleasing, functional and easy-to-use glass interior doors can be. Am I right?
You visit the art museum and are most excited about the exhibit on airport design and the use of glass curtain walls.
On a recent trip to Denver, my family and I decided to tour the Denver Art Museum, where they had a temporary exhibition taking visitors through six airports designed by Curtis Fentress. I was excited to see that a significant portion of the Sea-Tac (Seattle) International Airport and Denver International Airport exhibits were dedicated to the buildings’ curtain-wall designs. In addition to photographs and models, the exhibits included the hardware used to create the point-supported glass curtain wall in Seattle … displayed as a work of art!
You come up for air after lap 10 at your gym’s pool and take note of what company made the entrance doors to the hot tub area.
Granted, this could be attributable to not being in shape and using any excuse to stop swimming for a moment. But still, I took notice. U.S. Aluminum was the manufacturer.
You get stuck in traffic near the Colorado Convention Center and make your entire family (including the children under age 6) listen to the type of glass it features.
By the way, this happened on the way to the art museum, so it was a banner day for geeking out about glass. The Colorado Convention Center will host the AIA 2013 National Convention, a fact that I shared with my family, along with the details of two curtain-wall facades that use Viracon VE-2M insulating glass in their design.
I know I'm not alone here, or at least I hope I'm not. If you have a "glass geek" story to share, please do!
Chase is editorial director of Glass Magazine, GlassMagazine.com and e-glass weekly. Write her at firstname.lastname@example.org.