Glass in interior design
Glass offers dynamic interior design solutions to maximise light and to enhance the impression of space. It adds colour and movement to a room thanks to wide range of textures and patterns. It also ensures safety and can serve to protect your privacy. High glass strength, made possible by modern glass technology, extends the range of applications of this attractive material beyond the merely decorative, to functional and even digital roles.
Glass plays many roles in buildings and its applications are endless:
- In commercial buildings glass supports sale strategies by allowing to showcase products in total security.
- In museums glass protects exhibits without compromising the visual experience of the visitors.
- In stadiums and arenas glass creates invisible and safe barriers.
- In buildings which enjoy a stunning view, well…, it goes without saying…
Highly transparent extra clear glass with little residual colour is often used for this application. In order to avoid unwanted glare and reflections, and limit distractions from a clear view of the object or environment behind the glass, special coatings have been developed to impressively enhance the clarity of these glazed products.
Mirrored glass: evergreen technology
Life is a mirror
From cars to internal decoration, mirrors are the typical everyday products we all use and never pay attention to anymore. Yet, mirrors are as well essential components of complex applications like telescopes, solar mirrors, cameras and digital devices.
In the 17th century, they were already used for interior decoration, but it is astonishing what can be done today with this apparently simple object. As innovation in glass technologies constantly push boundaries further, reflecting properties and safety characteristics improve together with the resistance to corrosion, chemicals, moisture and abrasion.
Mirrors can also be smart
Interactive mirrors already available on the market can display text and graphics and combines touchscreen technologies with the usual reflective characteristics to offer a unique digital experience.
Glass in furniture: strength and design
A unique aesthetic
Glass is widely used to design furniture because of its ability to communicate gentleness and sophistication without renouncing to durability and strength. From tables to storage units and cabinets, glass offers unique aesthetic possibilities to furniture designers.
Almost every piece of furniture in a house can be made from or incorporate glass. Glass furniture is particularly ideal where the available light needs to be maximised, because it reflects and transmits light rather than absorbing it. It also adds a bright, vibrant effect and enhances the sensation of space in smaller rooms.
It is increasingly used in kitchen, including as kitchen tops, with special treatment to resist shock, abrasion and heat. In fact, glass is one of these few materials which does not alter food with any form of contamination thanks to the unique chemical properties of the glass substance. By the same token, because it contains no organic material and therefore does not release VOCs indoor, glass contributes to a sane indoor air.
The main reason of glass partitions is to allow light to penetrate further into a building. Natural light provides comfort for occupants and reduce artificial lighting needs. While creating a barrier, it enhances the sensation of space, transparency and modernity.
Safety and security are also key features of internal glass partitions. Not only can they help reduce noise levels between different spaces, but they can also be treated to resist longer to and slow down the spead of fire in buildings thus allowing occupants to escape. In specific applications, such as banks for example, anti-bullet glass is often used to protect from assaults.
If required, special texture or colours can be applied to improve the decoration of interiors and ensure privacy. Electrochromic or switchable glass solutions can also be used for the internal partitions to provide either full transparency or an opaque look when privacy is required.