USA Trends Home Trends Vol 32 No 1 USA - Page 61

Fluid options Sculptural curved glass, framed in wood – another safety element turned star feature with Glasshape Curvaceous glass balustrades create an attractive, practical architectural element without blocking natural light or views. Traditionally seen with metal and stainless fixings, now their flexibility goes further. This sweeping feature staircase is a case in point. Architectural glass experts Glasshape created the custom curved glass forms to fit the American Oak balustrade. Glasshape’s technical manager Ken Ware says the firm’s close coordination with the glass manufacturer and Fowler Homes ensured the project went smoothly. “The toughened glass was curved to fit into a very tight channel in the timber and the sizing had to be extremely accurate,” says Ware. “People often associate curved glass with metal frames or fixings, but here traditional wood framing was more in keeping with the style of home while the curved glass adds a modern accent.” Glasshape’s product and service has many advantages. The glass offers superior clarity, with no green hue, and can be shaped to a tight radius, increasing design options for both architects and specifiers. For further details, contact Glasshape North America, Seattle WA 98168. Phone: 206 538 5416, fax: 206 735 7585. Email:, or visit the website: save & share 47642 at This page: A curvaceous glass balustrade framed in wood creates a classic-meets-contemporary feature in this expansive family home. search | save | share at