Friday, October 26, 2012

Vetrazzo Colors

Vetrazzo® is a recycled glass surface comprised of 100% recycled glass. Vetrazzo is an exquisite surface material—truly a work of art—and it becomes the centerpiece for your home or project. So, what else makes it sparkle? A high glass content ( 85% by volume), expansive color palette, and story in every surface. From architectural to art glass, to beer bottles and jars, each mix is a signature blend of color and life that tells a story about you, too.

Flint Collection 
Cool Titanium, Hollywood Sage
Champagne Flint, Martini Flint
Porter Flint 
(Left to Right)
Level 1 
Glass House
Alehouse Amber, Bistro Green
Charisma Blue, Colbalt Skyy
(Left to Right)
Level 2
Cubist Clear
Alehouse Amber with Patina, Bistro Green with Patina

Charisma Blue with Patina, Colbalt Skyy with Patina
(Left to Right)

Level 3
Palladian Gray, Floating Blue
Chivarly Blue, Midnight Eclipse
(Left to Right)

Limited Edition
Ruby Red, Ruby Red with Patina
(Left to Right)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Millefiori - "A Thousand Flowers"

Millefiori - "A Thousand Flowers"
Millefiori .... "the sweet scent and dazzling colors of a hillside covered with wildflowers. For centuries, Italians have made glass in brilliant colors called Millefiori - "a thousand flowers." The Millefiori mix captures that beauty with salvaged glass from a renowned art glassmaker.
Millefiori gets a lot of attention in our office. Not only is it a conversation starter but it is by far the most unique colors when it comes to recycled glass counter tops. There is nothing else like it on the market. So where does it come from and why is it so unique?

The world's largest art glass manufacturer patented a production process referred to as continuous ribbon, and what we know as stained glass. It connotes colorful ribbon candy and the rainbow of colors they produce is equally astounding. Rejects or over-runs of the glass give Millefiori its full bouquet.
So sit back, close your eyes imagine a thousand flowers on a Italian hillside and enjoy the Millefiori, Vetrazzo Mixture.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Granite Gurus: The Stories in Vetrazzo Surfaces

The Granite Gurus: The Stories in Vetrazzo Surfaces
The Granite Gurus is one of our favorite bloggers. They provide great info about the stone world, design and expertise. This post - is reposted from them and it is about Vetrazzo. 
The Granite Gurus: The Stories in Vetrazzo Surfaces

The Stories in Vetrazzo Surfaces

Vetrazzo is a collection of recycled glass and concrete slabs that can be used in almost any application where you would use granite or marble. The color palette is diverse and offers something for everyone, from  the very subtle like the Flint Glass collection to the very bold like the Millefori ...  
Millefori Vetrazzo
photo by Granite Gurus - MGS by Design

Recycled Skyy® Vodka Bottles Emulate Water at the Parkway Hills Baptist Church.

Recycled Skyy® Vodka Bottles Emulate Water at the Parkway Hills Baptist Church.
Project: Parkway Hills Baptist Church Children's Area 
Architect: HH Architects, Dallas, Texas

Who would ever thought that "a festive evening with friends sampling savory treats and drinking top-shelf spirits poured from a lovely cobalt blue Skyy® Vodka bottle" would become the Parkway Hills Baptist Church Children's Area centerpiece? An innovated, passionate glass scientist in Berkley, CA did. More than 15 years ago he was the first to create a 100% Post Consumer Recycled Glass countertop called Vetrazzo®.  
The inspiration for  Children's Area at Parkway Hills Baptist Church was the salt water fish tank which was existing and was the idea for the "water" theme. The vision behind the design of the Check-In Desk was "stimulation" and "interactive". Using one of Vetrazzo's signature color, Colbalt Blue Skyy®; made from ACTUAL Skyy® Vodka bottles was a perfect color to emulate blue water. 
The primary color "windows" on the face of the desk are at child height so the children can touch them and reach inside them.  The fish tank adds visual interest,  and "thinking" and "seeing" stimulation. HH Architects & Nan Gammon thought the Vetrazzo counter added visual stimulation and of course color to the desk. 
Enviably, Parkway Hills Baptist Church was on budget but it was interesting when interior designer Nan told us "although we went through a number of value engineering exercises with this client, cutting the Vetrazzo counter was never approved.  The client agreed that it was the centerpiece of the Check-In Desk, and they liked that it was recycled glass".  

Project Credits  
  HH Architects: Principal -Jerry L. Halcomb
  Project Manager - Tom Willis
  Interior Designer - Nan Gammon
  Construction Administrator - Dale Smith 
  GC: Beck Group/Principal Robert Hodges  
  Project Manager - Elliot Bevers