Reflecting the trend: With its “Fluid” range of design glass, Saint-Gobain Glass wants to create a new accent in interior design. Image: Saint-Gobain Glass Germany


Glass in Interiors: Creating a Mood with the Help of Top Functionalities
Stairs, partitions, furniture, wall panels, banisters and parapets - the uses of glass in a house know no limits. As the material provides an unlimited range of design possibilities for architects, interior and furniture designers thanks to the interplay of light, reflections, transmission, colours and textures, glass in interior design offers an innovative alternative to wood, metal or stone and is absolutely in line with the trend. The industry caters to the growing demand by providing a multitude of solutions for designing interiors.

Posted 26 August 2016

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Architects face difficult tasks: on the one hand, there is a growing need for glass façades bringing light into the building and making it look more representative. The problem: in summer, buildings with a glass shell will quickly heat up so that innovative glass products must be used intelligently to avoid the need for energy-intensive air-conditioning. On the other hand, the know-how and creativity of architects are also and increasingly in demand when designing a building’s interior. Thanks to its versatility, high level of functionality and safety, glass plays a steadily increasing role and replaces more conventional materials such as metal or stone: Glass unites colours and structure, it creates special textures and surfaces and is used as a design material. “Interior applications are increasingly significant for the glass market. Our figures say that approximately half the total quantity of single-pane safety glass sold in Germany and almost a quarter of all laminated safety glass are used for interiors,” says Jochen Grönegräs, General Manager of Bundesverband Flachglas (Federal Association of Flat Glass Manufacturers).

Standing out: The special feature of “Fluid” is its three-dimensional effect. This means that the glass suggests a depth of material which turns into a design object in its own right. Image: Saint-Gobain Glass Germany/Photo: Olaf Rohl

The manufacturers encourage architects demanding classy-looking glass products and have developed processing methods and modern designs enabling them to offer a highly diverse design glass portfolio. The basis for their products is the entire range of glass products from tempered safety glass to laminated safety glass and insulating glass. After the glass has gone through the cutting, edge-processing, drilling and form shaping stages of CNC processing, it is individually designed depending on the customer’s wishes and the intended location: lacquered glass is used for kitchen back walls, wall panels or furniture fronts, for example.

Noble ambiance: The “Lacobel Brown Starlight” wall panelling is part of the new range of lacquered glazing produced by AGC Interpanes. Image: AGC
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Colourful glass world: This year, the special show “glass technology live” will once again present numerous innovative solutions for building interiors. Image: Messe Düsseldorf

Barely visible: Merck wants to launch windowpanes featuring liquid crystals
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 Screen printing and digital printing offer excellent opportunities for tailor-made designs of flat glass or for applying decorative motifs. Coloured foil integrated in laminated safety glass can bathe a location in a special light and create an appropriate ambience for any location. Sandblasted glass offers further design possibilities for decors as well as images or patterns.

And finally, UV bonding can create a variety of three-dimensional glass constructions for the furniture industry as well as store and exhibition construction.

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