Bent Glass, the Shapely Alternative to Flat Glass

If flat glass is the norm, bent glass goes one step further in enhancing architectural and interior design.   Bent glass shapes offer a variety of options.  From a shallow or cylindrical bent to a complex curve to a curve plus tangents, these shapes attract attention and create interest. You may wonder how bent glass is… Read more »

Curved Laminated Glass Showcases Jewelry

Showcase cases enable the view of all types of products, especially for shoppers looking for jewelry. There is nothing as eye-catching as a sparkling diamond or as tempting as a beautiful strand of pearls. The reason showcases can attract the viewer to the product such as jewelry is because of the crystal-clear glass around the… Read more »

How Curved Glass is Used for Residential Windows

Boscawen, New Hampshire is the home of KSD Custom Wood Products, Inc., a supplier of custom crafted wood windows and doors.  These traditional windows and doors are found in many residential, commercial, educational, and institutional buildings.  In some cases, these windows and doors are comprised of curved glass that is installed into insulating glass units, delivering both… Read more »

Curved Glass Enhances Theater Facade

The Park Theater in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, is a new venue for live performances, movies, and local school productions that follows in the footsteps of the original Park Theater, a movie and vaudeville house that operated in Jaffrey from 1922 to 1976.  Although its planned reopening in 2020 was thwarted by the corona virus pandemic, the… Read more »

Safer Shower and Bath Enclosures

Glass shower and bath enclosures can be fabricated with either tempered or laminated glass.  According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission standard 16 CFR 1201, safety glazing is required, but the standard leaves it open to the manufacturer to select the type of glass. Tempered vs. Laminated? Tempered glass is found in most bath enclosures in… Read more »

Clearer than Clear ….Glass that is ultra-clear

In the world of clear architectural glass, ultra-clear low-iron glass is a designer favorite. Why is this? Soda-lime glass, the most common form of architectural glass produced is composed of about 70 percent silica (silicon dioxide), 15 percent soda (sodium oxide), and 9 percent lime (calcium oxide), with much smaller amounts of various other compounds.  Iron is the major metal… Read more »

Glass Walkways: Beautiful, but are they safe?

Glass walkways and stairs can easily become the center attraction of any interior space.  Indeed, glass brings a lightness and beauty to most architectural applications, but there are some guidelines to follow in designing and ordering glass for these applications. Design approach The International Building Code addresses subject by referencing an ASTM standard, E2741, Standard Practice… Read more »

The Challenges of Fabricating Curved Glass with Tight Radii

When it comes to glazing design, architects are drawn to the aesthetic appeal of curved glass.  Curved glass is available in many sizes, shapes, and colors.  Sharp angle bends up to 90 degrees, radii up to 180 degrees, multiple radii, double to triple reverse bends, and other complex forms make curved glass a exciting design element.  However, there… Read more »

Curved Laminated Glass Windows for Beauty and Performance

Laminated glass windows are not new, especially in windborne debris regions of the United States where hurricanes are a threat or outdoor noise is a problem. Window manufacturers can supply a variety of window types, including fixed and operable models, that are not only energy efficient, but provide many other benefits. Bent Glass Design supplies… Read more »

Curved Laminated Glass Railings

Glass is often the material of choice for designers who seek an elegant transparent, yet sturdy, building material. The latest designs for curved glass railings used in guards or handrails incorporate glass that has been strengthened and then laminated for safety. These railings become the centerpiece of an interior space.   Here’s a look at two… Read more »