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Wonderful applications of glass in interior design - glasstec 2012

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 @ 11:23 AM

In interior design, glass is noticeably replacing typical interior materials such as wood and stone. This trend was made possible by new refining technologies and the creativity of the glass refiners regarding product development and marketing. While glass has been a preferred material for façades for a long time, the glass trend in interior design only started in the last 10 years.

Industrial glass producers, refiners and the glass processors are using various approaches to introduce architects and contractors to the unique possibilities offered by glass in interior design and their efforts have been successful - more and more architects and contractors are choosing glass for the interior design of office buildings and private residences.  

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glasstecinterior2 resized 600   Without the new production technologies developed by the glass systems engineers, glass would have hardly been able to achieve its current position in interior design. Digital printing in particular has opened up completely new options for glass design as have new laminating technologies.  Laser technology is just getting ready to enter the field of flat glass refinement. In addition to the fairly recent technologies, the classic refining processes such as screen printing, sandblasting and etching continue to offer numerous possibilities to create sophisticated design glass from simple flat glass.  

There are hardly any limits to the creativity of designers, architects and contractors in the design of glass products. Ceilings, floors, room dividers, doors, wall panels, stairs, side rails and furniture made of glass can be individually aligned with the room concepts. Glass products also find a wide area of application in bathrooms and kitchens. Shower stalls and wash basins as well as radiators made of refined glass create a sophisticated ambiance, as do glass cabinet doors, kitchen mirrors, countertops or even entire kitchen fronts.

An excellent overview of the currently available technologies for the production and refining of glass and the entire scope of glass and fittings products and their applications will be presented at glasstec 2012, the leading international trade fair of the glass industry, to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany from October 23 – 26, 2012.


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