Glass is one of those strange materials that aesthetically morph depending on its context, from clean and contemporary to rough and rustic. Transparent glass plays with our perceptions, our notions of space continuity and even our privacy. This material has been around in various forms for thousands of years, yet we are still using our ingenuity to find new ways of using it, since it is one the most versatile substances on Earth.
Glass is also a ubiquitous material making it upcycling friendly, if left in its original state. The ancient craft of glass-blowing is seriously detrimental to the environment, which leaves many glass-blowers in search of a more sustainable alternative. The good thing about using empty wine bottles and old mason jars creatively is that it uses little or no extra heat at all.
Our society has moved far past the use of naturally occurring glass and other materials to an increased use of plastics and other synthetic constituents which mimic the same transparent elements but lend to easier use and production.
We tend to prefer the old-school look of translucent greens, browns, yellowy whites and the sustainable aspect of keeping originally found materials in tact, although an open-space, luxury home using glass walls and doors can be surprisingly energy efficient (we’ll take one of those!)