London design museum new building is called “cathedral of design” by it’s long-standing ambitious founder Sir Terence Conran. Opened in 2016.The new Design Museum in London opens its doors to the public on the 24 November 2016.
At the press launch on 17 November, he went on to describe the Museum in Kensington High Street as a “cathedral of design” intended to “create a world class space, truly international, with the size and scope for the serious promotion of art, design and architecture.”
The opening of the London design museum included the completion of three residential buildings, also designed by OMA and Allies and Morrison. De Graaf wryly observed: “The site was dead, and listed – the two often go hand-in-hand.” To re-invigorate the outside area, West 8 designed new landscaping, and the new residential blocks now flank the building.”

Inside the building, the existing floors were declared unsuitable for the required load, and this is where the conversion became radical. The designers decided to keep the existing hyperbolic paraboloid roof and rebuild the rest, creating an open area.

From the visitor’s perspective, the Museum retains the look of a 1960s London building, as the new exterior is detailed to resemble the original blue skin of the building. However, on entering, the fresh elements of the design become prominent, and the arched roof forms a striking centrepiece. An immediately noticeable aspect is the use of oak staircases in the open central area, with one section of the main staircase comprised of bench-style leather seating. Museum steps are often used by visitors as an impromptu resting place, and the idea of incorporating this into the design as a conscious element adds a sense of ease and friendliness.

New building is had many innovative ideas on use of the glass in the creation of an open and transparent space. Glass doors on each level reveal usually-concealed areas such as offices, while the double-height basement features a dedicated museum collection store with a window, allowing visitors a behind-the-scenes glimpse of pieces not on display.

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The magic of decorative glass all started in the 1450s when Venetian decorative glass products were exported to other European countries. In the 13th century, Venetian glass masters started to design glass products with animal and human figures, coats of arms, flowers, and other ornaments. The Venetians produced complex designs of glass by applying divers patterns and different types of moulds to decorate their glassware. Using slices of canes, they created the distinctive ‘glasses with threads’, ‘glasses with twisted threads’ and ‘glasses with a netlike pattern of threads’. But this did not deter the European glass makers from imitating their style.

Like many other sophisticated goods from the olden days, the decorative glass merchandise was not exempted from societal and economic class structures. In many countries, glassware like Venetian glass was reserved for the rich and nobles who used the products for special events or as decorative pieces. While in Venice, anyone could buy the Venetian decorative glass, in Europe a Venetian glass product was “a sign of wealth and sophistication”. Historians have discovered that Venetian-styled glass products in England were limited to the upper-class. Glass orders came predominantly from upper-class groups because they could easily access and afford them. The rich saw decorative glass products as a work of art rather than mere glassware. The lower class saw it as luxury they could not afford.

Monarchs provided financial aid and legal support for glass makers to establish factories and import skilled Venetian makers. To return the favour to their “Kings and Queens”, glass masters made decorative glass objects and presented them to the monarchs and presidents. As years went by, however, England’s glass masters started to create cheaper objects that the middle-class could afford. Today, authentic Venetian style glassware can be easily accessed by anyone. Anyone can buy Venetian glassware and transform their homes into a place of royalty. Venetian glass décor options includes mirrors, pitchers, cups, wine glasses, goblets, candleholders, sculptures, vases, chandeliers, wall lamps, table lamps paperweights and many other decorative objects.

Venetian glass objects are typically expensive because they are handmade. However, cheaper manufacturers have machines they used to create façon de Venise (“in the manner of Venise”) glassware. To find an authentic Venetian style, buy from trusted dealers only. You can purchase a single object which you can use for display in your home or start a collection of authentic Venetian style decorative glass objects. To find out more about the power of glass to transform your home, contact the friendly experts at Palace of Glass.

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The captivating beauty of stained glass has enthralled and delighted visitors to churches and cathedrals for more than a thousand years. The colours and designs of the windows are positioned specifically to allow light to create illuminated decorations, encouraging the bright warmth and beauty of artistic display to richly enhance any interior space.

Stained glass is used specifically as a decorative display, but has the added advantage of adding brightness, interest and sometimes also privacy without the loss of light to a room.

The traditional methods are still utilized today, as the panels are often large and detailed, intricately joined by lead or copper. The vibrant colors are achieved through the addition of different metallic oxides to molten glass to achieve various colors such as copper oxide for ruby and cobalt for blue, whereas adding chromium and iron oxide produces green shades.

Along with the artistic skill necessary to generate the perfect design, engineering skills are needed to fit the window properly to resist the elements. This is particularly true of larger windows. The window must not only be strong and durable, able to withstand opening and closing as well as wind and rain, but the design and placement are constructed specifically to the unique shape and position of the inside of the building it will illuminate.

The colored pieces are arranged to form a pattern customised by hand for each client. The designs are handmade and the colours, patterns and arrangement of patterns vary from floral to pastoral and even sea-scenes.  Colors can be chosen to match the location – for example, blue in the bathroom – or they can be chosen purely based on personal taste and current fashion. Modern designs and techniques take inspiration from traditional methods, creating a fresh, contemporary versions.

Deep carved colored glass

One of the most popular ultramodern choices for the home is deep carved coloured glass which is made from one sheet of glass to allow better flexibility of patterns, color gradients and strength. Deep Carved Glass has carving on one side only, hand painted with enamel. It can be opaque or transparent, depending on the level of privacy required.

In the same way that each client is completely unique, every living space offers an opportunity to create something absolutely original and outstanding. The complex relationship between the physical building and the people who inhabit that space means that custom made piece is not a luxury but a necessity to maximise the natural display of light and color. The qualified specialists at Palace of Glass will assist you to make the best choice.

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Stained glass
is most commonly associated with churches and cathedrals. In modern day, many people choose to install this kind of windows in order to add an aesthetic quality to their homes. However, it is also vulnerable to damage and deterioration. What are some signs that reveal your windows require attention?

   Daylight Leaks

This is one of the easiest to spot. Light leaks out form between the lead and panel. It indicates that the lead portion of the panel has aged, enabling the lead-channel and to displace from the window. This will lead to a rapid loss of your window. A good indication of this problem is if you are able to see the edge portion, then you need to repair it immediately.

Improper treatments

When stained glass hits the 75 to 100 year mark, it requires complete lead replacement. This is a very expensive proposition, and unfortunately many studios may offer inexpensive alternative remedies for the problem. Some examples include cleaning, reducing bulges, flattening, adding a support bar, applying false lead over the cracks, and re-cementing. These inexpensive treatments will only further damage the windows, either structurally or cosmetically or both. Within a short time, you will face additional expenses to restore your windows. The only way to repair aged product is lead replacement. By doing so, you will increase the life of your windows by 75 to 100 years.

Deteriorating Frames

Old and worn out frames can add stress to your window. Wooden frames are more prone to pressures such as moisture intrusion, temperature changes, infrequent maintenance, delamination, and poor construction. Poor structural support means the glass will eventually bulge and bow. As this deterioration persists, solder and lead joints will eventually crack, and the partitions will break.

Inoperable Ventilators

Ventilators are both a mechanical and structural part of windows. There are many contributing factors to a poorly functioning vent. Some of these are water intrusion surrounding the frame, a build-up of paint, wood swelling which may force the vent rail to come out of the square, and sagging of the outer vent-frame.

When conducting a stained glass window analysis, ensure that you hire professionals who will check for all of the above mentioned conditions that may affect the beauty and health of your windows.

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Watch this step by step video to understand how to make a stacked glass sample. We will guide you through the process of cutting, chipping, texturing, gluing and applying the UV light.

Stacked Glass is an architectural product that is made from layers of glass glued or ‘ stacked ‘ together. The external surface can then be textured in many different ways and used for decorative walls, accents, waterfalls, etc,

Second part of the video showcases best images from the stacked glass installations by Palace of Glass and other decorative glass studios.

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In most recent years glass partitions are becoming more a trend and an architects choice.  As space becomes more a commodity in demand, glass becomes a medium that brings a needed solution to divide the space while not obstructing the flow of natural light.  Whenever elegant transition is required from one room to another and where the emphasis is on transparent open-plan design, interior glass partitions and flooring can provide an ideal incentive for architectural excellence. Glass wall partitions often welcomed in the business environment since they make communication between the staff much easier at the same time offering privacy of a working environment. Being able to communicate to colleagues through hand gestures will increase the spirits of your company as glass office partitions are a great way to help people not to feel like they will have to spend the whole work day by themselves stuck in the cubicle.

Frameless glass partitions as interior design solution

In some situations you want to create some division in space, but to keep the overall spaciousness of your environment. Great way to do so is by bringing textured and colored mediums into the dynamics and energy of your space.  Choosing some custom designs makes experience even more personal or thematic. Imaging frameless glass partitions decorated with your favorite theme of nature or some pleasing pattern? Our designers will help you understand how to best relate to design concepts and help understand feasibility of different mediums.

Working with bathroom doors

Use of transparent mediums in the bathrooms is advantageous for many reasons. Sometimes it is important to let the light into the shower space but for privacy and to keep water in one space you want to add some enclosure. Glass bathroom partitions are perfect solutions for that. You can choose them to be frameless or framed into a aluminum door. Our designers can create custom look to your shower enclosure by carving textures and images into the doors.

 Production house for your creative needs

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Our design studio understands about production. We will advise you on all aspects of your project including:

– Custom Design; we will help you select design or pattern for your project or understand how your custom image will get transferred into art.

 Privacy; how the privacy can be adjusted by applying etched, frosted or painted patterns.  We can recommend you how to soundproof your walls if needed using lamination.

Professional Look and Branding: Custom design creates great first impression on your visiting client, we will advise you on how transparent paneling will contribute to clean and warm environment, while reflecting  personality of the company.

Natural Lighting: we will help you create your partitions in such a way that it will allow as much of exterior light to come through. Our art panelling  allow various level of opacity depending on the need of natural light in the space.

All our products can be tempered and laminated. We can customize shaped and create holes for installations. Each order is crafted by artisans and made on order. Contact our production house for everything related to glass design.

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Working with glass ceiling increasingly becomes the trend of urban architecture. Finding a proper house yourself in the current real estate market has become very difficult, even finding a spacious apartment is extremely expensive. The inhabitants of major metropolis cities are always looking for cheaper and easier ways that would help their small apartments appear spacious and well-lit. To meet this need the contemporary architects, interior designers, and decorators have shifted to the trend of incorporating transparent mediums in their designs. Newer and better forms of architectural paneling are used to decorate interiors. Smooth and transparent surfaces became the prime choice for designers to give the homes a high-tech look. Glass is now not just incorporated into the windows and as mirrors but it has taken over the entire house from ceiling to the floor.

Meeting the needs for structural support

Glass is a very user-friendly material and it can be recycled and reused, so it is more eco-friendly. WIth the development of the industry many new ways appear to make your environment both safe and trendy.  With the innovations in design and production architectural paneling can now become as tough and sturdy as any other building materiall. Using transparent mediums in the ceilings and walls really adds height, dimension, and light to your rooms.

We here to help from start to finish

At the production house we cater to all the creative needs of our clients. If you want to add a special feature to your home and lit up the environment with the some glass ceiling, we have all the solutions you need. From conceptualization to finish we give our clients a variety of options to choose from. They can go for a ceiling made of high-quality clear paneling or a ceiling with a beautiful pattern or serene scene of nature or clouds. Carved designs and panels are also a very popular choice among our clients.  Research shows that people work better under natural light; they tend to happier and more productive. Clear or illuminated mediums in the ceilings allow light to enter the rooms. They will improve the brightness of the environment and make it look more spacious. If used in residential construction, it will enhance the homely feel of your house/apartment. The glass filters the rays of the sun, and you can choose from our vast types of designs that fits your specific requirements. Incorporating natural lighting effect into the walls and ceilings will decrease the need for artificial lighting in your home and ease the load of heavy electricity bills on our customers.

Historic use of transparent windows

Stained panels are also a good option for walls and ceilings as they incorporate the grandeur and beauty of the stained glass windows in churches into your homes. They allow for beautiful colors and exquisite looks. The image can be a landscape, a complex scene or even an abstract design.  Due to the endless number of options in styles and colors available for etching or carving, our clients have a chance to really personalize their house with innovative alternative to lead and stain. An additional benefit is that unlike clear paneling it does not make dirt noticeable so there is lesser need for cleaning and maintenance. A mosaic made out of colorful tiles can make a very artistic and striking ceiling but will not allow the light to come through and most often seen opaque. At our production house clients are free to choose any type of pattern for any style of ceiling they want. We will not be helping you with installation, but can advise on the standards and safety requirements.

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Modern glass sculptures never cease to amaze. Transparent mediums has become one of the most preferred materials for creating aesthetic pieces. Modern sculptors seem to be fascinated by the flexibility of glass sculpture and the many creative opportunities it provides.

From tradition to modern day

Traditionally sculptures used hard materials such as wood, metals, stone, and marbles to create portraits of concrete objects. Some sculptors have also experimented with materials such as fabric, rubber, and clay.  Nonetheless, skillful sculptors take out great masterpieces regardless of the materials they use. All sculptors need to do is apply the appropriate cutting techniques and tools, and the results would be nothing less than breath-taking artwork.

Although ancient sculptors have experimented with the silica, for many years stone was the main material in creating sculptures. In contemporary world glass has become the “in thing” for many modern sculptors. The possibilities of what one can make with this substance have also increased.  A glass sculpture can take any form or shape. Instead of merely cutting pieces of medium to create a figure or form, advanced masters take into consideration the elements of composition. Hence the word “sculpture” can also be used to refer to an artwork made by a combination of lights or moving water or other unusual materials.

How to understand sculptures by production styles

Divided by application of sculptures collection, we can say that the two major categories would be cast glass sculpture and stacked installations.The first one is done by melting hot silica into a mold, and often slumping it on a flat furnace over a ceramic surface. Second style is created out of many layers of glass glued together into forms and shapes. There is also blowed glass, done by applying air onto heat treated silica. Hot texture will yield to air pressure and transform into interesting shapes. In recent decades a major style of this kind of abstract glass sculpture got introduced into the world of interior design.

Stacked glass wall sculpture

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Our team of designers has a lot of experience in the field of creating glass wave sculpture using the technique of stacking the layers of transparent medium together. By calculating size of each layer precisely artist can create smooth surfaces and even a complete smooth sphere with no visible seams between sections.

Textured panels as the style of sculpture

Our team of crafted designers mastered the art of carving panels into amazing creations of handmade art. Since working with transparent medium allows you to choose which side to expose as the front, sculpture created by deep carving sandblasting a truly striking! Decorative wall paneling commonly used to depict historical figures or tell stories. But skillful sculptors can also use glass to make abstract forms or shapes that does not necessarily represent a human figure but represent the mood, feelings, or creative spirit of the artist. Our online catalog contains hundreds of designs and themes both specific and abstract. To create the perfect atmosphere in your home or office building please contact design team at Palace of Glass in California.

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