New Architectural Applications for Bendheim’s Handmade Art Glass

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Contemporary designers are turning to Bendheim’s Lamberts® mouth-blown glass to bring color, texture, and a humanizing touch to spaces. The glass has become and increasingly popular material to bring color and light into a wide range of buildings.

A skilled glass artisan working a glass cylinder on the end of a blowpipe.

A skilled glass artisan working a glass cylinder on the end of a blowpipe.

From traditional leaded stained glass, as it dominated spiritual architecture decades ago, to some of today’s most celebrated public architecture… This glass has a soul. It’s what draws people to it.

Innovating designers turn to Bendheim’s Lamberts® mouth-blown glass in growing numbers to bring color, texture, and a humanizing touch to spaces. The company credits the movement to architects and designers’ growing appreciation for authenticity and artisanal quality.

Bendheim’s Lamberts® glass is produced by skilled artisans having learned and honed their craft through the generations. Each sheet begins as a gather of molten glass at the end of a blowpipe. The master glass blower continuously works the molten glass to create an elongated bubble. Other team members join in to remove the ends of the bubble, trim, and form it. The resulting glass cylinder is then cut lengthwise, reheated, opened, and flattened into a sheet. The process is detailed in this five-minute “How It’s Made” video: https://bendheim.com/video/mouth-blown-art-glass/.

Blending history and modernity, Bendheim’s art glass has become an increasingly popular choice to bring color and light to a wide range of buildings: new transit hubs, courthouses, hospitals, theaters, hotels, and restaurants. With non-residential building projected to increase at four percent in 2019, the demand for art glass is expected to continue to grow. Homeowners are also embracing the material, commissioning contemporary “stained” glass for custom windows, doors, and sidelites.

In addition to a vast range of in-stock colors and designs, Bendheim’s mouth-blown glass can create a soothing effect through its signature texture. As light filters through the gently wavy glass, it appears as if reflecting off a pool of water. The effect creates a subtle connection to nature and lends a richer and more dynamic sense of the space. It is ideal for healthcare, hospitality, and transit facilities. The Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama features mouth-blown Lamberts® glass in art panels by Guy Kemper, reaching 19 feet high by 5 feet wide. Travelers through Indianapolis Airport in Indianapolis, Indiana can view brightly colored art glass by Martin Donlin, spanning 5,000-square-feet. Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin” at University of Texas Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, features unadorned sheets of the Lamberts® glass to bring playful colored light into the space.

“It is rewarding to see how the use of our Lamberts glass has evolved over the decades,” said Robert Jayson, Bendheim’s President. “From traditional leaded stained glass, as it dominated spiritual architecture decades ago, to some of today’s most celebrated public architecture… This glass has a soul. It’s what draws people to it.”

As the exclusive supplier of mouth-blown Lamberts® glass in North America, Bendheim stocks more than 500 colors, patterns, and textures in sheet sizes of approximately 24 by 36 inches. To learn more, please visit bendheim.com/glass_type/mouth-blown-art-glass.

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