GleenGlass offers one of a kind recycled art inspired glass countertops, vessels, architectural elements such as front door inserts, and tile with that Zen Asian/Spartan feel. I was most struck by how gorgeous the vessels were and wanted to rip out my powder room sink and replace it with one of GleenGlass’. Even the glass countertops were sleek and modern.
Before I write an article about a product, I like to read the website to gleam as much information as I can about the company. Most importantly, I pay particular attention to the “about” page as to why the founders have created this product.
I found the “why” of the founder and principal, John Sauer’s intriguing because it illustrated how his own journey has come full circle, like his vessels. He has created harmony in life by reclaiming what was no longer usable into something new and useful.
Most poignant was this passage on this page:
“In glass art he found his calling. It is an art form that is figurative in design, literal in technical skill, and spiritual in the act of re-use as a way of giving back to the world. The most basic form of the vessel, the round, echoes his belief and serves as the perfect canvas.”
In order to make these gems, the Company recycles glass from such post commercial and residential sources such as shower doors and automobile and window glass.
Thereupon, high heat along with advanced glass working techniques is used to create the sensuous functional shape. As indicated in the company’s catalog, “[w]e follow a design esthetic that focuses on the natural, water-like pattern and beauty of glass.”
Any waste is reclaimed and reused in another product. The end product is signed and numbered to ensure authenticity.
Due to its recycled nature, the use of GleenGlass products contributes to LEED credits in any building design.
GleenGlass products are the antithesis of mass production countertops. The Company works with architects and commercial and residential interior designers to create pieces in an unlimited pallet of color and choices.
Although, glass is durable and nonporous, Sauer suggested that GleenGlass countertops be used for bathrooms and bars, rather than kitchen use, where heat could damage the glass.
In the event your countertop is scratched, it can easily be buffed out and filled. Prices start at $200 a square foot for the countertops and $1200 plus for the vessels.
Now you can have a recycled art form in your house that is not only beautiful but functional as well.
Photos by permission of GleenGlass.