This month’s selection features innovative textures, soundproofing, and state-of-the-art bonding — bringing glass to a new level of clarity, functionality, and aesthetics. — Elizabeth Zevallos

Smooth as satin
Pristine and classic, SatinDeco is an acid-etched glass with a silky finish that resists stains and fingerprints. An ideal surface solution for offices, hotels, and shops, it is offered in four different varieties: Satin Deco, SatinDeco Low Iron for increased light transmission, SatinDeco Lami for safety and sound control, and SatinDeco mirrors for a translucent mirror finish. Guardian, Auburn Mills, Mich.

[Reader Service: September 2008 #215]


A sweet glaze
Designed to be an alternative to glass block, the Technical Glass Products (TPG) Pilkington Profilit glazing system offers a unique, cost-efficient glass cladding system that obscures vision but allows light to pass through. Self-supporting U-shaped glass channels create an aesthetic rhythm within an extruded metal frame. The system comes in a variety of colors and degrees of translucency with an overall span of 23 feet. Technical Glass Products, Federal Way, Wash.

[Reader Service: September 2008 #217]


Cool clarity
The largest flat-glass manufacturer in North America, PPG Industries, has set a new standard for ultra-clear glass with the introduction of Solarban 60 Starphire, which combines exceptional clarity and high-energy performance. Using one of the industry’s most effective solar control coatings, this specialty glass is ideal for skylights, entries, spandrels, and even such large-scale projects as Robert Stern’s Comcast building in Philadelphia. PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, Penn.

[Reader Service: September 2008 #218]

Bonding time
The design and fabrication of glass furniture has now gotten neater and easier with Hafele America’s new UV Glass Bonding. This state-of-the-art UV adhesive glue bond can bind glass to glass, stainless steel, granite, or wood without the need for drilling or applying support profiles. The process is simple (clean the surface, heat it with a hot air-blower, and apply adhesive), but the result is elegant and professional. Hafele America, Archdale, N.C.

[Reader Service: September 2008 #219]