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A Portland, Oregon-based company is bringing a new Â?estheticÂ? to daily environments

Stained glass isn’t just for churches anymore. But it can bring you a taste of the world to come. By making glass an essential element of the design process, Esthetic Accents has changed the way architects, interior designers and other design professionals can see the environments in which we live and work. Mary Spear, the company’s founder and CEO, sees possibilities for using “custom architectural stained glass in extraordinary new ways, offering a truly versatile yet very affordable design option for commercial and residential settings.”

Inspired by cathedral windows, the glass offers stunning opportunities for adding depth and beauty to any installation.

Inspired by the past but looking to the future, the Portland-based firm is bringing exciting new design options to both the consumer and commercial markets, not only here but to everywhere there is a need. With a presence on the World Wide Web, Esthetic Accents serves clients wherever they are located.

The technological breakthroughs the firm offers provide an extremely durable form of stained glass that can safely be used in windows, doors, sidelights, shower and hot tub enclosures, cabinetry, gates, balcony and stair railings; it be incorporated into walls, partitions and casework. Because each piece is a custom design, themes can be carried throughout entire rooms, matching doors and cabinets, sidelights and windows, or garage door with the front gate.

The new generation of stained glass uses real glass, just as traditional tiles do, but the similarity stops there. Traditional methods for making stained glass use copper foil or lead came to hold the pieces of glass together. Neither method is very durable. Instead, zinc came is used to produce a far stronger structure. For applications where extra strength is needed and energy efficiency is of concern, the stained glass can be produced as an insert, a process that seals the stained glass between two panes of tempered glass. Inserts can be ordered in a wide range of thicknesses, making it possible to install custom stained glass in virtually all brands of doors and windows. And because they don’t leak, inserts can be used outdoors and in applications that expose them to water.

Design freedom is a key to understanding why stained glass will now become a more practical as well as aesthetically pleasing choice. Artisan stained glass creates designs using stock bevels and bevel clusters that make it necessary to develop a design driven by existing bevels. Esthetic Accents creates custom bevels, both clear and colored, eliminating any limits on the design process. Through electroplating, the came, which is the metal portion of the stained glass, can be finished to create a more contemporary look or to blend with fixtures or hardware. There are several electroplated finishes available in addition to the typical dark gray/black finish.

Esthetic Accents design professionals combine personalized service with the convenience of the Internet to provide excellent customer service nation-wide. Their on-line showroom and design center, along with an exceptionally knowledgeable design staff (available in-person, online, or at toll-free at 866.503.7687) makes navigating the design process a source of wonder while offering unprecedented ease of use...

This product is affordable for emerging businesses, average homeowners, and cost-conscious interior designers. As Mary Spear tells us: “Esthetic Accents is making innovation practical for anyone looking to make the places where they live and work more beautiful.”

Esthetic Accents is dedicated to bringing the amazing design element of stained glass to all of today's interiors - commercial buildings as well as residential spaces in a cost-effective and imaginative way.

Look for Esthetic Accents at the HD2005 Expo and Conference, booth 3080, on May 5-7 and at the 2005 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference, booth 9004, on May 10-12. Both events are being held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Esthetic Accents design center is located at 1225 SE Grand Ave. Portland Or. 97214 PH. (503) 227-7687, Fax (503) 236-8561 or toll free 1-866-503-7687. Visit their website at http://www.estheticaccents.com.

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Martin Grossman