Posts Tagged ‘mirror’
A major bathroom mirror trend I’ve noticed is the use of mirror below countertops and vanities. This makes a great deal of sense to add light and keep the continuation of the space flowing. Below are 10 bathroom spaces that have used this effect gloriously. Some are contemporary, and some are traditional; but all have chosen this very clever design trick to make spaces that are beautiful.
1) Amelie de Gaulle Interiors This sophisticated bath suite in a Nashville, TN penthouse has a touch of old Hollywood glamour with a wall of mirror, a Louis Starck Ghost Chair, and a “floating” frame.
2) Jerry Jacobs Design, Inc. created an open feeling in a very small San Francisco bathroom by using a full 8ft x 8ft wall of mirror, framed in marble, and floating a glass vanity in the middle of it for function.
3) Montgomery Roth Architecture & Interior Design went graphic and bold, and the long rectangle of mirror highlighting the sink, cuts a swath of calm through the pattern.
4) Ainslie-Davis Construction Company created a zen oasis that takes advantage of the natural views of Seattle with mirror extending all the way down to the floor. Really opens up ones mind, senses, and reflected views.
5) Sutro Architects added drama to this San Francisco high-rise apartment bathroom by adding lighting within the mirror, both high and low. The soft light is beautiful, but also a safety measure to keep the floor lit and free of shadows.
6) dSPACE Studio Ltd of Chicago created another interesting lighting effect by back-lighting a mirror. However, by stepping the mirror a short distance away from the wall and having the lighting fully behind the mirror itself, a new sense of drama within the space is achieved. The “floating” vanity is unusual and adds to the feeling of lightness in the powder room.
7) Glazer Architecture of Asheville, NC created a small bathroom with lots of color and natural details for a design expo show using real wood and pebbles to evoke a natural mountain stream. The mirror placed below the floating vanity enhances the effect brilliantly.
8) HGTV 2012 Urban Oasis showhouse included a floor to ceiling mirror with a slim marble vanity and cast glass sinks to keep the open airy feel of this Miami condo fresh.
9) HGTV 2013 Urban Oasis giveaway featured a similar effect in this tiny, but glamorous, Boston condo master bath. But you’ll note that the mirror above the vanity is just a personal size, instead of a full wall. However, beneath the vanity, a solid sheet of mirror allows light to continue to permeate below.
10) Lastly, this is one of those photos from the internet that has been floating around without attribution, but it’s shared so much that it’s difficult to track down. However, the use of antique mirror tile in a sumptuous space of old world charm was too beautiful to omit. If anyone knows the attribution of this design, please let me know.
Gardner Glass Products is the maker of the Dreamwalls family of products, and with over 50 years of experience making high-quality mirrors, high-def mirror, antique mirrors, and tinted mirrors, we feel confident that we can make the mirror for your bathroom design dreams. So if you’re looking high and low for the right mirror manufacturer to specify in your next project, look no further than Gardner Glass Products, Inc.
Mirrors are very big these days. The effects they provide for residential and commercial spaces to achieve different effects with beauty and style by adding light, sparkle and focus. And mirror tiles are one way that mirrors are back. I attribute some of the trend to Don and Megan Draper’s New York apartment on “Mad Men“. They have an antique mirror tile wall in their foyer for a mod/swingin’ vibe that still feels current. Granted, I might be reaching a little bit, but you have to admit their pad is mighty cool:
A well-designed wall of mirror tiles can add a strong graphical element and still allow a play of light to sparkle and dazzle. In the photo below, for example, the wine bar is actually showcased through the use of a bevy of beveled mirror tiles in bronze and clear mirror to create a harlequin pattern of sophistication.
But who says mirrored tile has to be polygons? Blushington, the chain of makeup salons, features a wall that is small ovals (like the apple of your cheeks?). The effect is a mosaic of light that adds to the jewelry box feel of the space. Check out their entire space at this earlier post.
And don’t forget about using rosettes. The graphical lines created by mirror tiles can allow you to introduce hardware to the space for even more opportunities to make a statement. My earlier post on rosettes may elaborate.
But it might just be the simplest of designs that helps make the statement you desire. So give mirror tiles a thought. They can be big or small; clear or tinted; bright or antique; rectangles, squares, or even ovals. The choices are so varied and can lead to a wide variety of effects to your space.
I recently spent about a week in Charlotte with the Glass Association of North America Fall Conference. It’s one of the glass industry’s largest associations that focuses on creating information bulletins, white papers, industry standards in performance and testing, and promotion of the glass and glazing industry. If you’ve ever had a technical question about glass – interior or exterior – GANA is the industry source for information.
Go visit the GANA website and just take a look at some of the wonderfully informative publications, webinars, and galleries that are available. Gardner Glass Products, the parent company of Dreamwalls, is proud to be a GANA member.
I am honored to be finishing out my term as the Chair of the GANA Mirror Division, I also participate with chair positions on both a Decorative Glass Division committee on back-painted glass, and a Marketing Committee Division member engagement committee. It’s a lot of work for a volunteer not-for-profit organization, but it really helps me keep my finger on the pulse of the Decorative Glass and Mirror world,…and I can become an important part of progress in quality, utilization, market research, and technical advances. I have made many friends in the mission of “growing glass” through GANA. It has really been a wonderful experience.
One of my favorite presentations was by respected specification specialist and educator, Phil Kabza. Known as “Spec Guy” he is without a doubt one of the best spec writers in the country, a huge force in the CSI, and he gave a delightful talk on getting glass and glazing products specified.
“Division 8 (Glass & Glazing) is one of the MOST difficult for architects and specifiers. Partner with the architect in properly distributing risk in order to help them manage it,” Kabza said. We take that to heart each and every day.
Charlotte as Host:
I enjoyed having the conference in Charlotte this year. It moves to locations all over the country, but it was nice being able to drive back and forth from home to the meetings. I did get to stay overnight in the heart of downtown (uptown?) so I got to spend some time in the arts district.
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: presents, preserves and celebrates excellence in the art, history and culture of African-Americans, and is named after Harvey Gantt; an award-winning architect, a MIT graduate school graduate, and 2-term Mayor of Charlotte; as well as being the first African American to desegregate Clemson University. The building features a beautiful glass panel mural along one wall. For a short video about the center, please click HERE.
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: As the only museum in the region with modern art as the focus of its permanent collection, the Bechtler is dedicated to educating visitors in modern art including important and influential artists of the mid 20th century such as Miró, Giacometti, Picasso, Calder, Hepworth, Nicholson, Warhol, Tinguely, Ernst, Le Corbusier, Chillida and many others. The building itself was designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta. Created with the collection of the Andreas Bechtler and his parents’ legacy of art, Andreas Bechlter is still active in growing the collection.
Thanks, GANA, for making sure I was able to fit in a little culture and art along with glass industry advocacy!
After changes that have been taking place throughout the year, our corporate Lobby remodel is almost complete. The addition of new carpet, a few coats of paint, new furniture and a new layout made a huge difference.
We painted the grasscloth, while unconventional, still allows texture to still be a part of the design and warm up the space. The small-scale Swan Wing chair adds additional seating in the space, but is short enough for our receptionist to get a clear view all the way to the door. The addition of a leather sofa makes a big difference in cleaning and maintenance, but also reflects a more tailored style that suits our corporate personality. Portraits of Mr. Edd Gardner – our founder – and Tommy Huskey – our CEO that passed away in 2011, hang side-by-side.
Having 3 seating areas allow us to handle multiple visitors in our lobby at once, which is important. Each has a place to put down a notebook so if they’re checking messages, they can easily do so.
And of course, greenery is important to any space. Our resident green thumb, Patricia Canter, is able to keep the plants looking lovely, and they make a huge difference to the warmth of the space. Of course, a Gardner beveled mirror is featured prominently within a Michael’s Custom Frame, and gives our receptionist even more ability to see within the space.
For a quick 30 second video showing the before and after comparison, please click below:
Carpet Installation: McLean Floorcovering
Lamps: Citrine Table Lamp and Citrine Floor Lamp – Thumprints
Sofa: Loft Sofa – Modway Furniture
Y Plywood Stool – Modway Furniture
Glass Modulus Cocktail Arm Table - Johnston Casuals
Framed mirror – Michael’s
This amazing bathroom was created as a 2013 Southern Living Showcase Home in Austin, TX. This is the first time two builders, Henley Custom Homes and Silverton Custom Homes , have partnered to design and create a beautiful home that is full of a gracious, sophisticated farmhouse style. According to Kristen Payne, Executive Director for Southern Living Homes Group, “This is a way for our builders to showcase their craftsmanship and how they deliver a look and feel that’s Southern Living.”
The mirror work in this master bathroom is full of beautiful Dreamwalls Mirror. Anchor Ventana Glass is the great glass installer in Round Rock, TX that executed this project. They have served Central Texas as a glass leader for over 35 years. They utilized Dreamwalls Antique Mirror in all the cabinetry inserts to create a beautiful vintage feel, and clear mirror for the vanity that extended all the way up to the ceiling, showcasing the beautiful beam work by the builders.
According to Kayvon Leath, Sales & Marketing Director of Anchor Ventana Glass, “There were lots of angle cuts, holes, and small pieces to fit perfectly,…but our professinal team could handle it.” I’ll say. They handled all the glass beautifully for a show stopping look. You can see what she means, when you look at how the light fixtures are mounted through the mirror, all the small exact cuts for the cabinetry and the unique angles and piecing of the mirror toward the ceiling. It was a professional job, literally, from top to bottom.
Check out the below video from New Home Source where they show the entire bathroom and all the beautiful details and features that make it the epitome of Southern Living Style. In it, you’ll note the designer calls the cabinetry inserts “Silver Antique Glass”, but it’s actually Dreamwalls Antique Mirror.
The HGTV Urban Oasis is located in Boston this year, and it features beautiful views of the city. However, it is 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!
Right away, as you come into the space, the foyer is floor-to-ceiling antique mirror. This prevents one from a feeling of being closed off as your first impression upon entering. Instead, you see a reflection of yourself,…but without the high shine of a regular mirror that leads to confusing space perception. Dreamwalls Antique Mirror can be made in sizes up to 100 in. x 144 in., so large scale installations like this are perfect.
To your left is the powder room, but turn to your right and go into the kitchen, where more antique mirror is used for the backsplash. Designer Lindsay Pumpa was smart to use a mirrored backsplash opposite the large floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase a beautiful view. (Note: I think they put so many pictures on the backsplash to allow all the photography equipment a place to hide.)
What I love about antique mirror is the gentle, overall subtle pattern that allows a vintage feel without being distracting.
In the sitting area of the bedroom, antique mirror is used again,…this time as a small end table to keep the space light.
For more photos of the all the cool details (and there are many) of the HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway, visit their Pinterest page. Or, for a 90-second tour, go view a brief video HERE. Enter the contest daily through October 18th at 5pm.
I’m so glad to see antique mirror being used more and more in residential spaces for an intimate feel that still brightens the space and opens it up visually. It’s a smart use of mirror that can instantly make a home more cozy. For more information on Dreamwalls Antique Mirror, or any of our decorative glass products, visit our webpage or give us a call at 1-800-334-7267.
This is an amazing foyer using mirror in a unique and artistic way within a family home by designer Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. Winner of the 12th annual Seattle Design Center (SDC) Northwest Design Awards competition in 2011 for the Northwest Design Award – “Whole House Less Than $400,000″ category.
I like how the design incorporates ovals placed at traditional mirror heights for checking hair and lipstick like in any foyer; but then creates something greater in the design with “ribbons” of mirror that teases your eye to travel up and around the room.
As posted on her website, Jessica Helgerson stated, ”…creative surface treatments include laser-cut mirrors, whose organic shapes dance along the entry walls, reflecting surprising snippets of the interior. The house is now fresh, bright, functional, and contemporary, while remaining true to itself.”
Click here for the December 2009 full post from Design Sponge.
photography by Lincoln Barbour
My only concern is the stating of the mirror as “laser-cut”. Lasers are too hot for cutting glass – they will cause it thermal shock that will cause it to shatter. There is a type of laser cutting on glass known as “thermal stress cracking”, but I doubt that is what was done in this instance. Lasers can be used to engrave glass, but it wouldn’t be used to cut entire shapes.
I believe the mirrors in this installation were water jet cut, and then polished. Glass is cut using a stream of water (mixed with garnet) that can pierce the glass without cracking it, resulting in a true cut. Gardner Glass Products uses a water jet cutter for glass any thickness. We are able to water jet cut any shape based on a CAD file. Think you have a shape you’d like to see a mirror? Send me your .dxf file and we’d be happy to take a look at it.
The 2013 Kips Bay Decorator Show House opened up on May 7th during NY Design Week, and it was another stunner. This annual show house is a worthy cause as it serves as a fundraiser for The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club; reportedly 15% of the charitable organization’s operating budget comes from this event.
I always am dazzled by the colors, textures, fabrics, and wall treatments that the famous interior designers use in this temporary space; but as a glass person, I have to always look more specifically at the creative use of glass & mirror throughout. High-gloss finishes were definitely a big trend at Kips Bay this year, acheived through lacquer, glass, mirror, and shiny metallics.
This brief TV spot from the local New York CBS affiliate provides a brief background on the event. It also features an interview with designer Andrew Suvalsky, who did a wonderful foyer and powder room that uses beautiful reflective surfaces like mirror, gray mirror, and backpainted glass.
Enjoy these stunning designs and wonderful color palettes from a few of my favorite rooms from Kips Bay 2013 for some amazing color combinations. For starters, the pink, peacock, red and yellow combination in the foyer is fantastic:
Tinted mirror walls, high-gloss lacquer paint, and a huge oversized framed mirror make this tiny powder room have some serious “pop”:
A cool neutral wood and stone backdrop allow the purple and chartruese accessories shine with the twinkle of stainless steel in this classic kitchen:
Wet bars are everywhere it seems, and what well appointed New York home would be without one? This unusual space featured a sitting area to the side for a little sophisticated flair:
The glossy lavender gives the below family room extra sophistication with glass table tops and beautiful calming tones. The amazing rug is way too nice for my family though!
In order to have the super shiny, you need to contrast it with a little matte. Below is the same dining room that starts off today’s article. I’m in love with the artistic credenza in the dining room by North Carolina-native, Kristen McGinnis. See how it contrasts nicely with the high gloss lacquer walls and the black back painted glass table top? But my favorite part of this dining room is the blue and yellow combination showcased in these awesome floor to ceiling drapes:
For a wonderful, fully-fleshed out review of the trends and creativity used throughout the spaces, I recommend this NYTimes feature story on it from May 9th. The showhouse is an annual month-long event. For more information visit Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club website. For additional articles and photos, check out Architectural Digest.
Boards of all kinds were vying for attention at NeoCon 2013: Felt absorbers, dry erase partitions, glass markerboards, and high tech touch screens. These boards were anything but boring; they added color, function, and fun to all sort of environments for work and play.
At NeoCon 2013, Arcadia Contract unveiled the Domo Modular line featuring an angled dry erase board as the high-back of the modular seating. Bernhardt Design featured modules of glass dry erase boards that could move into their a.k.a. collection of office furniture seamlessly. Bretford featured fabric tackboard dividers for hospitals and education on rollers for an instant pop of color on the move. Haworth got tons of press for their “Bluescape” large format interactive wall, that starts at about $30,000 and goes up from there. And of course, I had to include our own Dreamwalls Glass Magnetic Markerboard – that can be custom matched to any color you specify and even with custom graphics added for endless possibilities in commercial environments. (we unveiled our new magnets, eraser, and cup holder – too!)
So thank you for all the great showrooms and companies at NeoCon 2013 that had fantastic products and creativity to share. It was certainly fun, and I’m excited that we get to bring that creativity and fun back into our offices and commercial environments.