Art in Architecture

Flowers & Muranese Glass Pipes

Flower Power Magnolia Fuxia is a bold and romantic statement chandelier that creates a strong focal point for any hotel or restaurant. The fixture is outfitted with synthetic fuchsia or pinkcream magnolias and glass Muranese pipes that are transparent or a glossy gold. According to the company, “The gentle shapes of the Magnolia, the brilliance of blown glass, lighting up the transition between winter and spring. Flower Power Magnolia blossoms, a versatile version of the most elegant and versatile chandelier by VG.”

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Bone China Ginkgo Biloba Tree

Composed of 1,120 handcrafted porcelain leaves, Ginkgo Bespoke was inspired by the ancient Ginkgo biloba tree, a thriving symbol of vitality and longevity. Like a living plant, the fixture’s natural, dynamic energy is intended to calm and revitalize the architectural environment. Artist Andrea Braescu uses fine bone china to capture and reflect light with softness and warmth.

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Colorful Cast Glass

Inspired by the desert landscape, Dune is an interplay in color, texture, and contrast. Designers Enrica Cavarzan and Marco Zavagno used the Incalmo technique with Dune, a process that was first practiced in the Islamic world in the Middle Ages. Incalmo demands precision by fusing two or more blown glass elements together to create an object. In Dune, “a soft pocket is created in the incalmo of the two different [glass] slabs, to accommodate an LED diffuser.” Cargo belts are then used to secure the lamps to the ceiling. Dune is available in a variety of colors and two designs.

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Visual Soundscape—Acoustic Art

The addition of the AKUART line of high-design acoustic art by Kirei provides architects and designers with sustainably-driven acoustic solutions that prioritize beauty and functionality. Made from green materials, AKUART’s four framed acoustic design elements—“On The Wall’ acoustic wall panels; ‘Hang With Me’ suspended panels; ‘Stand By Me’ free standing wall screens; and ‘Shelter Me’ acoustic desk screens —allow designers to select from a variety of art, including solid colors, pre-existing art, or custom images. Each canvas is machine washable, bleach-cleanable and can be printed on with high-resolution images and graphics

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Amazon's Geodesic Spheres

NBBJ selected Vitro’s Solarban 60 and Starphire Ultra-Clear glass for their clarity and ability to facilitate photosynthesis. In fact, low-iron glass and a specific low-E coating—that allowed for 480 nanometers of light to come in while rejecting heat—was carefully chosen to promote plant growth for the more than 40,000 plants in the greenhouse.

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