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.
Following on from a previous post, we have an update on our works at the offices of J. Pullan and Sons, in Leeds. Earlier this year we did extensive glass work, designing and manufacturing kiln formed glass doors, screens and a centrepiece kiln formed glass staircase. We were very pleased with the outcome at the time, as was Mr Pullan himself; so much so he asked us back to add a little further gloss, this time by manufacturing a glass boardroom table to match the rest of our work on the project.
The result was this striking 5.2m long, 3 part glass table incorporating the same kiln formed glass texture seen in the rest of the building. There was additional glass painting, to tie in with the colour scheme of the room the table inhabits as well as to conceal the steel frame and lighting around the edge.
This is another excellent example of just what can be achieved, when you develop the design relationship between maker/designer and user: A unique piece of design that perfectly fits the space and the needs of it’s users.
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.