Through the Looking Glass
edited by Elana Frankel -- Interior Design, 5/1/2001 12:00:00 AM
What do the KPMG headquarters in Chicago and the Sprint world headquarters in Kansas City have in common? Innovative use of Royal Glass, the latest series of precision-rolled glass produced by Bendheim. In Chicago, the Environs Groups used the glass as chiseled/engraved partitions with reflective images. For Sprint, the design team wanted four-ft.-wide pieces of glass, roughly 100 in. tall, with three- ft. patterned and one-ft. plain vision glass. Not wanting to use two separate pieces, Bendheim created a complex laminated glass, which provides the desired illusion.
Though Pyramid was used in both applications, each of the other three patterns—Flash, Trio, and Solar—can be tempered, laminated, mirrored, or bent, and is suitable in insulated units. The glass is ¼-in. in thickness and is offered in sizes up to 73 in by 129 in. Applications include floor-to-ceiling partitions, lighting, balustrades, ceilings, shelving, building façades, shower doors, windows, and furniture. Bendheim, 122 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013.