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Decorative Glass Makes a Mark on NeoCon World’s Trade Fair

Post Time:Jun 30,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:315

Scattered among the aisles and aisles of desk chairs, conference room furniture, carpeting and flooring, those attending the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair found a few decorative glass companies ready to prove that it’s quite possible to create a unique statement through the use of glass.  Taking place at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, the event, which ended yesterday,  offered products for the design and management of the built environment, focusing on everything from office concepts, healthcare, hospitality and many others. And with more than 1,000 exhibitors, there was plenty for the 50,000-plus attendees to take in.

Digital printing technologies that create imagery on glass were the big push for several of the glass companies. These new technologies give architects and designers the ability to put any image at all right onto glass.

Howard Houseapple, the national accounts manager for Arch Deco Glass, said his company was getting a lot of questions, feedback and interest in their VisualTM printed glass. Arch Deco was promoting how decorative glass is not just for commercial applications, but residential, too.


Arch Deco Glass
“In homes you can use it in bars, countertops backsplashes … we’re showing that there are many different options,” said Houseapple.

J.E. Berkowitz, a licensed fabricator of DuPont’s SentryGlas® ExpressionsTM decorative interlayer technology, promoted the combination of SentryGlas Expressions with Starphire glass because of “the crisp color combination in which it results,” explained Mike Nicklas, architectural sales and marketing manager.


J.E. Berkowitz LLP
“Designers are looking for ways to create unique applications and to create a different feeling [to the look of] the office environment. This is a product that can help them do that,” Nicklas added.

Some companies also featured their digital, direct-to-glass printing technologies. General Glass International recently introduced AliceTM, which prints custom, multi-colored designs right onto the glass. The company’s Steven Brenner said the response to the new product had been tremendous and everyone was excited to see the possibilities that could be created with the new technology.

Likewise, DSG Custom Glass also displayed its digital, direct-to-glass printing technology. While the company is somewhat new to architectural glass, it is a long-time provider of glass used in the marine industry. Colin Thom explained that they purchased the digital printing equipment to print the boarder on marine windows. However, when they realized that there was so much more they could do with the equipment they decided to move into the architectural market.

“Exhibiting at NeoCon has been a good experience and so far we have seen significant interest in our digitally printed glass,” said Thom.

But imagery was not the only glass trend at the show. Color selection was also popular among the attendees.

With its C3 color system, 3Form allows designers to mix and match various color options so they cane create their


3Form
own color scheme. They can, for example, match the color of a conference room table to the color of the walls.

“We have 30 standard colors and glass is our fastest growing segment, which we’ve only been working with for about a year,” said Azar McMasters. “We want to help the designer pick the right material for the given application. With our products we also offer different materials and patterns that can be incorporated into the glass.”

Gardner Glass, which was recognized with a Best of NeoCon Gold award in the surfacing materials category, exhibited its Dreamwalls back-painted color glass. Mark Melvin, product manager, said designers expressed interest because of the product’s versatility and smooth appearance.

“Our product is also heat-treated and we can produce it in sizes as large as 96 by 144 inches,” Melvin added.


Skyline Design
Skyline Design was also recognized with the Best of NeoCon Architectural Products Award. The company showcased its new BotanicaTM line, which was designed specifically for the healthcare industry. Inspired by nature, the collection was created in collaboration with three photographers and includes exclusive images from each, as well as glass options for scale, color and transparency.

In addition, Skyline Design debuted its SkylineSelectTM collection that features 12 affordably priced patterns from its Premiere Lines.

B.J. Katz, founder of Meltdown Glass, also exhibited, showcasing her company’s cast glass options that include color, texture, patterns and a variety of other features and details.

Next year’s NeoCon is scheduled to take place June 14-16 at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. NeoCon East will take place October 28-29 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Source: http://www.decorativeglassmag.comAuthor: shangyi

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