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.
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.
One of our current projects is at a converted clothing factory in Leeds, manufacturing a new kiln formed glass design for glass stair treads, glass doors, glass boardroom table and glass reception desk.
This project is due to be completed soon, more blog entries and photographs to follow