Glass Products Find a Niche at NeoCon 2011
June 14, 2011
When it comes to interiors, NeoCon is one show where the design
community can find anything and everything from wall coverings
to textiles, carpets and flooring, office furniture to art.
Companies involved with decorative glass have also found a place
within the halls of NeoCon to showcase their products for the
interior design community. This year's event, underway through
tomorrow at Chicago's Merchandise Mart, was no exception as
several decorative glass companies, as well as a couple
traditional glass companies, took to the show.
|Glass flooring was the latest launch for
Walker Glass at NeoCon 2011.
Offering several new decorative glass tile options, Crossville
featured its new Ebb & Flow line.
"It's primarily glass that's accented with natural stone,"
explained Laurie Lyza, director of marketing. "We launched
it May 31 so this is the first time it's being seen." Lyza
said the line includes nine color and stone families and is
an "affordable way to get the look of exotic materials."
The tiles can be used in many interior applications, such as
kitchen backsplashes and shower walls.
Taking glass from the wall to the floor, Walker Glass featured
its new glass flooring.
"We're showing translucency and the opacity with this
glass floor," said Marc Deschamps. "It has the anti-slip
properties as well as the combination of opacity and translucency,
which also provide privacy. So this is a glass that's about
design as well as performance." Deschamps said the glass
has been tested to both ASTM 1028 as well as ANSI B101.
|A decorative glass sample showing the
Blues Brothers was a hot feature in the Cristacurva booth.
Currently the flooring is available with a dot pattern, but
Deschamps said they will be launching others in the future,
which will all be available under the Walker Traction line.
Cristacurva was also taking glass from translucent to opaque
with its new privacy switchable glass, which David Reed said
was getting a lot of interest from those at the show."They
are intrigued that the glass can go from translucent to opaque
instantly with the flip of a switch," said Reed, who added
that designers are stopping by interested in visually appealing
items, such as their new digitally printed glass products. Reed
said they chose to feature samples specific to the city of Chicago,
including an image of the skyline as well as one of the Blues
Brothers. The Blue Brothers sample in particular saw a lot of
"Someone almost walked away with it!" Reed said.
And on the more traditional glazing side, both Nanawall and
Panda Windows and Doors took part in NeoCon.
|Panda Windows and Doors showed its aluminum
lift and slide system, which is on display in its dealer's
showroom at the Merchandise Mart.
"Twenty-five to 30 percent of what we do is interiors,"
explained Todd Kilstrom, sales manager with Nanawall. "Commercially
and residentially, designers often have a niche with the owner
and can help influence the buyer to go with certain products."
Noting the trend to bring the outdoors in, he added, "Chicago
is also a big area for that."
For Panda, Chicago-area designers can visit the Merchandise
Mart year round and see the company's products, as they are
featured in the showroom of their dealer Bentwood of Chicago.
Cooper Buranen, a sales representative with Panda, said the
showroom opened in February and being there has been a positive
step for them.
"People can still come back after the show and see our
display," said Buranen. "And there is a huge design
community in Chicago."
The showroom features Panda's aluminum lift and slide system.
Buranen said it can be constructed with most any type of glass,
from custom art glass to tinted glass as well as security glass.
Stay tuned to USGNN.com this week for more coverage of NeoCon
Carvart showcased a range of products
that designers can incorporate into applications such
as walls, floors, furniture and more.
Joel Berman Glass Studios displayed
its new products, including the Big line, which incorporates
large forms and shapes cast into glass.
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