Category: Architectural Glass

Glass in Schools, What’s to Know?

Public school building with laminated glass

The first thing to recognize is that there are different types of glass, and some offer better performance than others. For example, monolithic glass can break and when it does, the glass will vacate the frame.  Laminated glass can break too, but it is held in place after breakage by its bonding interlayer. The first… Read more »

Skylights and the Benefits of Natural Light

Bent glass for skylight windows in building

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

Stained Glass from Milano Glassworks

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 »

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 »

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 »

Stronger, Lighter Glass for Interiors

Architectural glass design

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 »

Bent Glass Design and Devil’s Detail

Architectural glass design in skyscraper

The Architectural Glass and Metal Association (AGMA) is a trade association serving regional glazing contractors in the greater Philadelphia area. The association serves as a resource for professional contractors engaged in interior and exterior glass applications.  Its publication, Devil’s Detail, recently focused on bent glass, and Bent Glass Design was a contributor to this interesting article. Click… Read more »

Glass Display Cases Entice Shoppers

Let’s face it, shoppers want to see what they are buying when it comes to food.  Glass is hygienic, attractive, and easy to clean—attributes that enhance the shopping experience.  RPI Industries, located in Medford, New Jersey, have over 30-years’ experience manufacturing refrigerated and non-refrigerated glass cases for the hospitality and food service markets. Standard or… Read more »

Privacy Glass in Philadelphia Hospital Enhances the Patient Experience

Privacy Glass is a unique interior or exterior option for glazing in many applications, including shower enclosures, windows, projection displays, and skylights.  One special use of this glazing is found in patients’ rooms at a major Philadelphia hospital.  Privacy glass enables gives patients control turn glass partitions from clear to translucent with the flip of… Read more »