2010 Crystal Achievement Award
On September 8th, Glass Magazine announced its 2010 Crystal Achievement Award winners. Dreamwalls Marble Glass was declared “Most Innovative Decorative Glass Product” by a panel of judges representing all segments of the glass industry. The annual awards recognize the best products and glass applications the commercial, retail and fabrication markets have to offer.
Dreamwalls Marble Glass Pattern Samples
Dreamwalls Marble Glass, from Gardner Glass Products, North Wilkesboro, N.C., features a high-resolution digital image taken from a full-size stone slab, while other comparable glass products use photos of small pieces of stone that are digitally tiled. The image is captured and mounted to the glass using a powerful adhesive that is placed on the image side of the photo without distorting the image or compromising the bond. This also protects it from heat and moisture. As with other Dreamwalls products, Marble Glass uses PPG Industries’ Starphire Ultra-Clear glass to allow the true pattern of the digital image to shine through. All fabrication is applied to the glass prior to the application of the image, and the image is trimmed to the edge for perfection.
“The clarity of the pattern is the most unique aspect of this product,” says Mandy Marxen, vice president of marketing, Gardner Glass Products. The image is such high resolution, and the adhesive that is used is so clear, as is the Starphire substrate. All of those things combine to create a perfectly clear product that looks like marble.”
The product offers 65 patterns applied to glass to bring the effect of nature into a building’s interior. It is a cost-effective solution that provides the look of stone to any commercial space in need of an instant makeover. It can be used to enhance the design of any area and coordinates with virtually any color, as well as with the Dreamwalls Color Glass product line. Numerous stone options are available to provide architects and designers a sleek design with a clean look for any commercial environment, all at a fraction of the price of real stone.
Dreamwalls Marble Glass Countertop
“Dreamwalls Marble Glass opens up an entirely new revenue category for the glass industry,” says Crystal Achievement Award Judge Mark Pritikin, president, Creative Mirror & Shower, Addison, Ill. “Potentially anything done in marble or granite can now be done with glass, and its inherent advantages.”
“From decorative glass products and applications that dazzle, to buildings that push the envelope in terms of design and functionality, to an ad campaign that tickles the funny bone, the Crystal Achievement Award winners serve as a reminder of our industry’s ingenuity and vast potential,” says Jenni Chase, editor, Glass Magazine.
The Crystal Achievement Awards are featured in the Sept. 7 edition of e‐glass weekly and the September issue of Glass Magazine. The 2010 Crystal Achievement Award winners can be found at www.glassmagazine.com