Skylights and the Benefits of Natural Light

Overhead glass, whether flat or curved, has many positive benefits for people inside buildings. Rather than depend on electric lights to illuminate the interior areas of buildings, skylights and other forms of overhead glazing, enable natural light to enter the building to perform the same function.  Natural Light Benefits Studies have shown that natural light… Read more »

Milano Glassworks – Stained Glass Studio

The collaboration between Milano Glassworks and Bent Glass Design has resulted in custom glass for a variety of residential and commercial architectural applications, including glass railings, entryways, doors, and sidelites. Milano Glassworks has been recognized for its stained glass with traditional lead caming since 1993, but that is not all this small, family-run company can… Read more »

Magical Laminated Glass

Bent Glass Design is a fabricator of laminated glass with some unusual performance options. For instance, Polyvision® Switchable Privacy Glass offers designers the ability to go from clear to translucent with the flick of a switch. All kinds of architectural applications come to mind, including conference room glass, bath and shower enclosures, and hospital rooms…. Read more »

NK Woodworking & Design

As a specialty architectural glass fabricator, we at Bent Glass Design, have occasion to work with exceptionally talented artists.  One of these artists is Nathie Katzoff, founder of NK Woodworking & Design in Seattle. Nathie creates one-of-a-kind spectacular staircases, furniture and other architectural art pieces. The staircases designed by NK Woodworking have a sculptural appearance,… Read more »

Architectural Glass on a Yacht? You Betcha!

Beautiful architectural glass is not restricted to buildings.  Take a recent glass refit of a privately owned motor yacht completed by Derecktor Shipyards at their Dania shipyard.  The architectural laminated glass manufactured by Bent Glass Design for their sister company, ProCurve Glass, was installed in windscreens and around a jacuzzi and firepit on the upper… Read more »

Measuring Bent Glass

When you are describing a piece of flat glass, it comes down to three dimensions—the thickness, the length, and the width.  With bent glass, the thickness is easy to specify, but it gets more complicated to specify the dimensions related to shape.  Here are the terms that you will need to specify when describing bent… Read more »

Decorative Color Options for Bent Glass

Glass comes in colors, interlayers come in colors, and colors and images can be printed on both to add an element of decoration to glass partitions, railings, exterior glass, and shower doors.  Another way to create a buzz where the colors shift depending on the viewing angle is with dichroic films.  3M offers non-metallic, corrosion-free… Read more »

Architectural Bullet Resistant Glass

Teller windows in banks are not the only applications for bullet resistant glass.  There are instances where glass laminates designed for bullet resistance are installed in schools, storefronts, and municipal buildings.  When constructed with low-iron glass, thick bullet resistant laminates offer enhanced security without sacrificing transparency. Ballistic Performance There are different levels of ballistics performance,… Read more »

Stronger, Lighter Glass for Interiors

The thicker the glass, the greater the strength.  Not so with chemically strengthened glass.  Elevecture, located in New York City, has incorporated 2mm chemically strengthened glass in building lobbies and interior elevator cabs—high traffic areas that are often subjected to impacts or scratches.  More information is available from Elevecture. Chemically strengthened glass offers two more… Read more »

Curved Glass for Revolving Doors

Revolving doors are an aesthetic feature of a building entrance, as well as a practical solution from an energy efficiency perspective. Both traditional manual-style and automatic revolving doors offer a range of material choices, including polished or brushed stainless steel, brass or bronze finishes.  Curved tempered glass or laminated glass can be specified for the… Read more »