Patterned Glass
Photo by: Eddie Berman
While most of us look right through a pane of clear glass without a second thought, others see a unique design opportunity that also has many practical applications. The result is pattern glass.
Traditionally used in commercial buildings, pattern glass is now seeing a resurgence in residential settings as a design element that allows you to separate space while sharing light. It offers many of the advantages of glass block without the thickness or installation hassle. It's ideal for creatively dividing up interior spaces. Pattern glass is also used commonly in foyer doorways, for outdoor furniture tabletops and on shower or tub enclosures. Pattern style choices vary widely?Kingsport, Tennessee-based AFG Industries offers 13?and panes can be as big as 5 X 11 ft. and up to 1/4 in. thick.
During the manufacturing process, the clarity and diffusion of the glass are carefully controlled, so you can order patterns that allow you to see just light, or recognizable shapes. Most pattern glass is a special order, so ask your local glazier, interior designer or remodeler for samples and advice. Pattern glass costs 50 to 75 percent more than clear glass.
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