AIA Exhibitors Feature Glass Products for Both Interior and Exterior Applications
May 12, 2011

Schott Glass is featuring its Infinity Mirror, which combines several glass products, at the AIA Show.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention is currently underway at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, and many glass companies are here exhibiting their latest innovations. Whether for interior or exterior applications, glass-related exhibitors are showcasing an assortment of products that can meet any architectural specification.

Chris Dolan with Guardian Industries says they’re featuring not only their façade product, but also a number of products for interior applications. The company is working with Joel Berman Glass Studios and is featuring some of the new textured glass in their booth.

In addition to its exterior product, Schott Glass is also featuring interior options. The company is featuring its “Infinity Mirror,” which combines several of its products to illustrate the many different ways glass can be used in interior design applications.

“We took a multitude of products and mixed them together to get a new twist on an old design,” says Peter Stattler, the company’s manager of sales and market development for North America. “It features two lights, fiberoptics and LEDs, as well as dichroic glass on the front and fist surface mirror in the back.”

Also new from Schott is its OKAWood product, which incorporates a specially treated wood into a glass unit. The company’s Donald Press explains, “You can create a wood structure that’s completely protected from the elements without maintenance concerns; you just have to keep the glass clean.”

Also featuring products for exterior as well as interior applications, is Walker Glass.

“We’re focusing on exterior applications so we can put some more light on how acid-etched glass can be used there,” says the company’s Marc Deschamps, explaining that it can not only provide privacy, but also help reduce glare.

“You can use the etch on the first surface to reduce glare and it still offers a nice effect,” he says.

In addition, Walker Glass is also showing a prototype product it plans to launch next month: slip-resistant glass for flooring and treads. Deschamps explains the new glass will be manufactured to meet all the standards for slip-resistant applications.

The AIA National Convention runs through Saturday. Stay tuned to™ for more show news and updates.

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