Interior Designer Linda Cohen, ASID, Associate AIA, of L.A. Cohen Design faced this challenge while working with a client on the renovation of an ocean-front luxury home in Palm Beach County, Florida. The home has a grand exterior stairway leading up to the second floor entry with a two-story window on each side facing busy A1A. The original clear glass windows are each 20” wide by 115” tall and offered little privacy for the guest bath and interior stairway and elevator area.
Linda has always admired Tiffany glass and wanted to incorporate art glass into her designs. This was the perfect opportunity. The guest bath was being remodeled with the finest custom cabinetry, plumbing and lighting fixtures, and gorgeous custom wallpaper. The window needed a privacy solution and she thought custom art glass to coordinate with the wallpaper would be a great solution. They would be enjoyed by everyone from both inside and outside the home.
After being referred to glass artist Peter Edward of Krystal Glass Company by Michael Gianvito of Stone Styles, Inc., Linda visited his showroom to explore decorative custom art glass solutions. She brought in a sample piece of the wallpaper she planned to use in the guest bath and consulted with the 30-year glass artist about recreating elements from it in the art glass windows.
“After viewing his art glass it was evident that Peter Edward is an excellent artist and a fabulous resource,” Linda said.
Working closely with Linda to achieve the exact look she wanted, Peter Edward created a stunning custom art glass solution using etched glass illuminated with LED lights. The glow from the art glass windows would add another unique element of beauty to the inside and outside of the already magnificent home.
“My first challenge was to create a design to coordinate with the wallpaper selected for the bathroom that would also look good on the other window in the stairway,” Peter Edward said. “The second challenge was to make the windows opaque for privacy but also compliment the home’s exterior.”
Peter Edward reproduced the fine detail of the wallpaper’s main design onto new low-iron Optiwhite glass using hand carved and etched glass techniques. He completed the look with LED lights to illuminate the art glass windows with a beautiful glow of white light. He created art glass inserts so the existing hurricane impact windows would not have to be changed.
Linda says she is very pleased with the custom decorative solution that Peter Edward created for her client and the prompt, friendly service that Krystal Glass Company provided.
“They are a wonderful company to work with on many levels including design, detail, and scheduling,” she said. “The custom designed and etched art glass windows are the first project I used Krystal Glass Company for. Their quality and finished product was excellent.”
Peter Edward created the detailed design from the main scroll work in the wallpaper and hand carved and etched the repeating pattern in the glass panels for both windows spanning the 115” length. He used solid frosted glass for the background to make the glass opaque for privacy. The LED illuminated art glass windows offer exactly what Linda and the homeowner needed- a beautiful design and privacy inside the home. The windows also look very impressive from the street outside especially at night.
Peter Edward Jurgens, president of Krystal Glass Company in Pompano Beach, Florida, is a master glass artist with a 30-year history of creating thousands of custom fine art glass projects by hand in LED illuminated glass, etched glass, carved glass, painted glass, antique mirror and decorative mirrors.