January 22, 2018

Trends In Glass

Glass Design and Lamination

Here we have another product designed to aesthetically improve the appearance of glass partitioning and glass-clad buildings, this time from SEFAR:

SEFAR Architecture Vision Screen


SEFAR Architecture VISION is a fine black precision fabric that can be coated with aluminum, copper, aluminum/copper, chromium, titanium or gold: the metalised fabric side can have a special design printed on it.

SEFAR Architecture VISION is laminated in glass when used in façade elements, whereas in double glazing it is stretched between two panes and fastened to the frame. If only the exterior surface is coated, the view in from outside is reduced and the fabric is also given outstanding energy-transmission reduction values. The rear surface (the side facing inwards) of the fabric is black and therefore neutral in color. From inside and from further away than 3m the fabric cannot be seen.

In addition to its aesthetic features, SEFAR Architecture VISION also reduces the incidence of birds flying into the glass. Furthermore, for indoor applications SEFAR Architecture VISION can also be laminated in plastics materials or used to create textile surfaces having a very special and unique look.

How the outer surface of the metallized fabric looks depends on how the light is reflected from it, whereas the black inner surface has little optical effect and so does not hinder the view to the outside.

SEFAR Architecture Vision Fabric


In addition, Eastman is also in the process of launching new solar interlayers for the architectural market. The line was introduced last year for the automotive market and offers UVA and UVE blocking features thanks to nano particles that are mixed into the interlayer.

Also featuring a line of interlayer choices, Bridgestone, which is based in Germany, offers decorative selections that can include imagery printed onto PET film that’s laminated to glass with EVA film. Its material can also be laminated with a range of materials including stone, fabrics, etc. The EVA is created to offer high-quality durability and will not bubble or yellow over time.

On the coatings side, Ferro features its S1de ONE enamels, which are new for the United States, but have been in use in Europe for some time. Most enamels are applied on the second surface as they do not have the weather-resistant features to be used on the external side one. Now, however, with this company’s new system the enamel can be used on the first surface.It is suggested that architects like this because they can build texture, create a matte effect, etc. because you’re not seeing the glass, but what’s on the glass. And color continues to be an architectural glazing trend, as does digital printing.


Trosifol is featuring PVB options for laminated glass. The two newest colors for the company are a 30-gauge completely opaque black and a 30-gauge completely opaque white. According to Christian Amad, director, these are already being stocked and sold. While North America compared to Europe typically does not use as much laminated glass, Amad says he has seen growing interest.

“We’ve seen more interest in the United States with custom glass, different thicknesses, etc.” he said, explaining that much of that interest is coming from the value-added benefits that laminated glass can offer. “We’re continuing to see companies start up laminated lines,” he added, “even in challenging markets.”

While glass companies are featuring examples of digitally printed glass, machinery companies are busy demonstrating the lines used to create these displays.

Shlomit Niva Tevet, director of marketing for dipTech, said they were seeing much traffic in their display booth as interest has been growing around the world. She said more and more companies are purchasing the line as digital printing can provide so much creative design freedom. Her company debuted two new inks, a conductive product that runs electricity to the installation as well as a skid-resistant ink for applications such as flooring, walkways and stairs. She said they also have plans to work more with architects directly in the future.

Glasstec also recently featured a number of special shows and exhibits, and “glass technology live” was again a major highlight. With the topic “Innovative Glass Functions,” Prof. Stefan Behling and his team from the Stuttgart University’s Institute of Construction Design showcased practical products for the near and distant future. These included a window incorporated into glazing without any visible frame construction, bent but still stable glass, organic, building-integrated photovoltaics as well as large-format façade elements. Together with the “Competence Center Glass, Window, Facade”, which combined know-how from various associations, these façade mock-ups formed the “Facade Center”. The “glass technology live” show was accompanied on all days by a free symposium on a variety of topics attended by numerous visitors.

All very interesting stuff as I think you will agree.

Trends In Glass was last modified: September 13th, 2013 by Cedric & Rachel