Bubble Glass

November 30, 2007

Sheet glass containing grids and patterns of bubbles

Developed by Penny Herscovitch and Dan Gottlieb, Bubble Glass contains perfect grids of tiny bubbles and a variety of bubble patterns. Bubble Glass originated during PadLAb’s 2004 architectural glass commission for a residence on the coast of Brazil. While attempting to create a colorful mesh pattern in glass, the team discovered the Bubble Glass technique, which involves fusing multiple layers of glass in a kiln.

Fascinated by the magic of designing with air trapped inside glass, PadLAb looked to traditional styles of Swedish glass blowing for further inspiration. Based on this research, they developed a process of controlling bubbles to form images and even text within flat glass. Although the manufacturer controls the patterns of trapped air, each piece of Bubble Glass is unique.

Contact: padLAb, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

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