The term “feature wall” has become part of our everyday conversation in the glass business. It is a wall installation in a commercial (or increasingly, residential) interior that draws the eye and engages the inhabitant of the space. It can be in the form of a water feature, a large scale art installation of fiber or sculpture, but increasingly it’s becoming a wall of glass.
There are many different ways to use glass as a feature wall, below are just a few of my favorites:
Leith Kia Fayetteville Feature Wall Panels
The feature wall is consisting of ten (10) 1/4″ thick Dreamwalls Color Glass panels 33-1/16 x 72-7/16 each, installed floor-to-ceiling behind the main reception desk of this Kia dealership in Fayetteville, NC. It takes an expert installer to create such a beautiful and challenging installation, but the showstopping impact of seeing that bright Kia red from the street is beyond compare.
Installation by First Choice Glass. To read more about our 2013 Install of the Year, click HERE.
Paul Housberg Glass Project Art Glass Graves Hotel Feature Wall
The Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis, MN had a beautiful art glass feature wall installed in the ballroom of the Graves 601 Hotel. The art glass panels are backlit and created with handmade, kilnformed glass by Paul Housberg. This project is 10 years old, but still feels incredibly current. It’s a testament to the timeless beauty of glass. For more details on this project, visit Paul Housberg’s site or the project tearsheet HERE. Interior Design: Yabu Pushelberg, Toronto, ON
Pepe Calderin grand entry using various types of red glass tile
This residence in Florida was designed by Pepe Calderin, a designer who really understands the beauty of glass. In this stunning residence, Calderin used backpainted glass tiles in a bright red color in different thicknesses (for instance, we can do 3mm to 25mm thick), in various sizes (of which we can cut any), and in both matte (acid-etched low iron glass) and shiny (regular low iron glass). The result plays with the light, plays with the intensity of the color, and simply begs to be touched. A great start to a grand entrance.
For more info on the designs of Pepe Calderin, visit his website or read more about this project at Design Shuffle.
HGTV Urban Oasis 2013 Entry Foyer Wall
Not all feature walls have to be 100% about the art. They can serve a function, too. The HGTV Urban Oasis was located in Boston for 2013, and it featured beautiful views of the city. However, it was TINY. I mean, 1,000 sq. feet tiny. So what did the designers turn to to create a feel that is spacious and chic in such a small footprint? Why, Antique Mirror, of course! Its use opened up the tight space visually without creating strange optical illusions. A great solution. Photos: Eric Perry Interior Designer: Lindsay Pumpa
MOI / DC reception & entrance
The MOI office furniture DC offices have a lot going on. You walk off the elevators from the busy street below and you don’t know where to go initially. Fortunately, the office design pulls you in. First, there’s a huge logo on the wall, then a massive reception desk by Eventscape Fabrication; but the element that leads you forward is the green glow of glass – beckoning you forward like OZ. Designed by Studios Architecture, this feature wall shows you just have to go with the glow!
Black glass in Shanghai hotel lobby spanning 4 stories
And don’t be afraid to go big,….really big. This hotel lobby in Shanghai during my last trip had a glass feature wall that spanned a stunning 4 stories with massive panels of backpainted glass. If you’re considering a project like this in the U.S., certainly give us a call.
So this is great….glass in all its forms is becoming a way to enhance environments and engage the people that use the space. The color, the light play, the ways it either expands or defines spaces,….these are all the huge benefits of using glass. Feature beautiful glass in your next feature wall. We assure you, it won’t disappoint.
Mandy Marxen is the VP of Marketing at Gardner Glass Products, Inc. – the creator of the Dreamwalls family of products. Founded in 1962, Gardner Glass is a leader in decorative interior glass products including mirror, back-painted glass, acid etched glass, tempered products, and more. Headquartered in North Carolina with 2 additional locations nationwide, Gardner Glass serves contract glaziers, glass distributors, installers, OEM accounts, and the architecture/design community.