The last two weeks saw Daedalian’s second phase installation at a large and stunning private residence in the hills of Cannes in Southern France. There was a total of 1.7 tons of glass transported by a team of 4 which included; more frameless laminated fabric doors and screens, mirrors to cover an 11 metre section of wall in the dance studio, floor to ceiling, a bar back and top in coloured kiln formed and glass for extensive works in the spa. The spa included cladding four 3 metre high pool columns, a UV bonded glass cubical and clading the feature wall of the spa. Sadly there are still limited photos as the site still largely without lighting, but a portfolio of the work will be captured once complete. The UK owner who visited site during this phase was so impressed by our work that there is now a thrid phase in discussion with a visit likely in June. Unlike phase one, there was certainly no arctic weather on this trip with the team enjoying lunch pool side overlooking the bay of Cannes and the 1100 mile drive one way, saw the team stopping over in Reims where ther managed to briefly visit the town’s impressive cathedral - volunteers not required for phase three.
Last week saw Daedalian’s first phase installation at a large and stunning private residence in the hills of Cannes in Southern France. There were a mixture of frameless bathroom doors and screens using laminated material in various colours with the house emblem etched on the doors and mirrors throughout the property. The final site survey was also taken for phase two works due to begin in late Feb, early March. The 2200 mile round trip certainly put the fitters through their paces and sadly the arctic weather followed them all the way down to the med with snow falling in Cannes during the visit – hopefully they’ll be packing their speedos next time!
Working on private homes can be a uniquely challenging experience. As a glass design firm we often find ourselves in somewhat longer negotiations over the exact composition of the products we supply. If the owner is personally involved in the project, then the quality standards that we routinely meet come into even sharper relief than usual. Of course that level scrutiny is not something we shy away from and is only right, when you consider the intensely personal and private relationships people have with their homes.
We have worked on a wide array of private properties all over the world and the heightened feeling of responsibility you get when interpreting such a personal vision never wavers. Your motivation can go far beyond the need to make the best glass designs, produce a beautiful piece of glass art, or maintain your reputation in a competitive industry. It can take you into a space where it becomes difficult to extract yourself from the feeling of “would I really be happy with this in my own home?” Even if you don’t personally like a design, the need to take it to what might be an unattainable level is ever present.
The following images show one of our most recent private home projects. Unusually, it was local to us and the client had a unique vision of what was needed. We are often proud of our ability to create something that helps invest a space with that intense personal and private beauty that is the hallmark of a great home. Here we can say, with confidence, that we did that.
Today’s post focuses on a project we completed recently for Leeds based building contractor and property developer J. Pullan & Sons. We created this unique kiln formed glass design for the redevelopment of Joseph’s Well – a former clothing factory in Leeds – which features extensively throughout the building in office doors, as hand rails and most notably, as tread plates retrofitted into the original Victorian cast iron central stair well.
In order to make such a considerable structure sound our team of technicians had to do more than simply supply toughened safety glass. Each tread plate is in fact made from three separate panels of glass, laminated together. In this case, due to the heavily textured surface of the kiln formed design, we were unable to use our preferred EVA laminating method. This meant us using a process called “cold pour” lamination; whereby liquid resin is sandwiched between two or more glass panels. This process can be tricky, but it allowed us to bond the heavily textured surface of the kiln formed glass to the flat safety glass that supports it.
Going to these lengths meant that the stairs in Joseph’s Well are as safe as they are impressive; especially with LED lighting along the back edge of each tread casting a serous light through the stairs. In addition the same patterned glass was used for 3 metre high office doors and, as a first for us, lead crystal rod was used as hand railing.
Despite the production hurdles we managed to supply just what the client wanted, so much so that a subsequent boardroom table, in the same style, was ordered immediately afterwards.
If we say so ourselves, we were impressed by the finished scheme and we hope you are too.
If you have any questions regarding this, or any other project, please get in touch with us.
The Daedalian Team.
For today’s blog entry we are taking a short trip back in time and space, to the county of Essex, England and to last year, where we completed a Chapel project in Chelmsford Cathedral. It’s a longer entry than usual, but we hope you enjoy it non-the-less.
Daedalian were contacted in the Autumn of 2008 by local architect Gerald Barrett who, working with the Dean of Chelmsford Cathedral , The Very Reverend Peter Judd, sought Daedalian for their reputation for innovative and contemporary glass design and a long association with religious art of all denominations. The brief was to produce a glass screen to help create one of the Cathedral Chapels into a more secluded area for private prayer, while still maintaining a sense of openness.
St Cedd’s Chapel is where Morning Prayer is said and the Eucharist is celebrated each day. Throughout the day the Chapel is open for private prayer and is unexpectedly placed at the back of the Cathedral. Because of its position it enables people to slip in and out anonymously and is the reason the Chapel is so often used and the candle stand, where people light their candles with their prayers, never goes out.
Dean Judd had always liked the chapel, but felt it could use some improvement. “The Chapel is brilliantly accessible, but has always felt a bit exposed. We thought carefully about how we could make the Chapel feel more enclosed, without making it feel exclusive”
After a period of consultation, wherein Daedalian produced a variety samples to create the desired effect, the popular Chiffon Organic laminated glass design was settled on, the benefit of which was three fold: To achieve a subtle, but definite sense of privacy, decrease sound intrusion from the rest of the Cathedral and to form a sympathetic visual confluence with the existing Guiseppe Lund sculpted bronze railings. Along with fulfilling the the primary criteria, it was also hoped that Daedalian could achieve the project brief with a minimum of mechanical fixings, as the dean and architect had seen done by Daedalian previously, at Great Missenden Church.
To do this, each panel was bolted to the ground, below floor level, with stainless steel clamps; perpendicular fins were bonded to body of the screens, as opposed to using mechanical fixings, to hold the panels together. Daedalian worked closely with DP Squared Structural Engineering to make absolutely certain that the system they devised would give the necessary rigidity and structural stability, while keeping a light and open feel for the overall scheme. To finish, each door was fitted with 350mm long lead crystal pull handles, again helping to keep the amount of metal fixtures and fittings to a minimum.
The project was completed in late 2010 and more than fitted the bill for the congregation of Chelmsford Cathedral, as Dean Judd points out; “The new glass screens with their lines of folded cloth, which mirror the bronze bars, do just what we hoped. They enclose the Chapel and make it feel secure and special, without compromising the sense of openness and accessibility. This is a scheme that has worked out brilliantly. What we set out to do has been achieved and more; a special chapel has been made more so and its ‘presence’ has been enhanced by the beautiful and fitting work done by Daedalian Glass Design.”
Drawing on our strong history of collaboration with non-glass artists on bespoke projects, we have extended this relationship to create a new range of standard designs. Working with Yorkshire based Artist and Architect Susan Parker; we have used our design and manufacturing experience to bring her naturalistic style to a versatile glass product. Ideal as screening, windows, or doors these new etched designs have been layered on both sides of the glass to create their multi-tonal, 3 dimensional effects.
As with all our etched, sandblasted designs you can be assured of their long term quality thanks to our use of “Clearshield” low maintenance surface protection, on all our sandblasted products. For more information visit www.ritec.co.uk
Working for HOK International and Exxon Mobil, we have created glass signage for 3 Exxon Mobil offices Asia and the Middle East. Cast in 32mm thick Glass, every letter is handmade to the exacting standards demanded for such global industrial leaders, in a style never used before this project (Fig 1). In (Fig 2) you see the letters bonded onto a, characteristically Exxon Mobil red, glass panel before shipping, and in (Fig 3) you can see another example bonded to timber wall panelling.