Glass – in a class of its own in design

Warhol-style triptych of photos printed on glass
Warhol-style triptych of photos printed on glass

In my interior and exterior designs I love working with glass. It can be elegant, colourful, artistic, and used for safety in addition to its traditional architectural functions. Improvements in its manufacture have produced so many grades and shades, with unbreakable varieties, easy-to-clean and classy.

For art applications I’ve often manipulated my own photos. In the example above I created a Warhol-style triptych by having the images printed on glass to feature in a client’s entertainment room. I used the same technique to create the poolside art below. The urn and cypress pictures are printed on unbreakable panels which are safe, wipe dry, and the images never fade. We sub-lit and raised the panels for dramatic evening lighting.

Poolside urn & cypress images printed on unbreakable glass
Poolside urn & cypress images printed on unbreakable glass

Toughened, unbreakable glass has proven ideal for balustrading around pools, decks, and access steps. The function is safety but the look is chic – almost invisible, so there’s no loss of lovely views from the terrace or poolside lounges.

Unbreakable glass safety balustrades by pool deck & steps
Unbreakable safety balustrades by pool deck & steps

Indoors I’ve integrated glass into my contemporary kitchen designs by using it for splashbacks. It’s serviceable, chic, and forms a subtle opaque protective layer behind the work surfaces.

Chic opaque glass splashbacks in contemporary kitchen
Chic opaque splashbacks in contemporary kitchen design

In the creation of a series of bespoke cabinets and bookshelves, I designed etched glass panels with flora and fauna motifs specific to the wildlife on the client’s land. The final image here shows the central doors of this design, etched and illuminated by hundreds of recessed miniature LED lights that change colour by remote control.

Side-lit etched glass panels with flora & fauna motifs
Side-lit etched panels with flora & fauna motifs

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