Corning Glass – Design and Technology for the future

Corning Incorporated came out with an incredible corporate video called “A day made of glass…. made possible by Corning” that was targeted at large scale investors in technology, sciences, product design, marketing and more. This video has now become viral with almost 9 million YouTube hits. The design potential and inspiration from this video is mind blowing and makes apple look like childsplay… the technology takes the ipad, ipod, iphone  etc. to a whole new potential of an ilife in a merely all glass house. The video portrays an obtainable and not overly fantasy near future world. The video is not to show you the exact uses of the product and how it will impact our world but it does acknowledge that the technology exists and that innovations like these are being developed right now for integration into our future world. Jim Clappin President of Corning Glass states “The consumer trend driving our vision for tomorrow is very clear, we all want to be connected with what we want… when we want… anywhere… and with great ease. Corning’s innovations in glass will enable us to enjoy this journey.”

To get a bit techy on you for some background Corning was the inventor of low loss optical fiber (fiber optics) back in the 70′s. The company specializes in Specialty glass and ceramics through state of the art and ever evolving scientific and manufacturing marvels from world class research and development they have taken this technology to new heights. Their markets include Aerospace and Defense, Astronomy, Display, Metrology Instruments, Semiconductor, Telecommunications and Vision Care. “Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions.” excerpt from corning.com

So whats so special about Corning glass? its thin, sensitive and tough which makes it ideal for smartphones and other electronics… but imagine it brought into the home. Imagine having videochats with family, friends and coworkers from anywhere, interacting with everyday surfaces in a clean and environmentally friendly way. Can you imagine no more nooks and cranies of technology to dry to dust and clean with a toothbrush… simple windex will do the trick. All of the glass products their marketing video show are attainable and can help people stay connected in a world that is becoming more and more overloaded with information, a world where work-life-balance and mental stimulation are on overdrive. Imagine your life becoming easier where your technology knows who you are and what you want to hear about when… news in the washroom while you brush your teeth, directions at intersections, bus stops and in your car… 3D views of yourself in different clothing to make shopping faster and more fun. I can see a whole new industry just from that of virtual fashion consultations and customized product launches… queue Fashionista514 ! and could it be possible that this techology of turning on and off glass frosting could finally make interior designers worst nightmare material Glass Block go away? here is only hoping…

Here are some general myths about glass that Corning has proven wrong time and time again with their innovations:

  • Myth 1: Glass is just for windows
  • Myth 2: Glass smudges
  • Myth 3: All glass is the same
  • Myth 4: Glass is heavy
  • Myth 5: Glass is fragile
  • Myth 6: Glass doesnt bend
  • Myth 7: Glass must be thick to be durable
  • Myth 8: Glass doesnt last
  • Myth 9: Glass shows every scratch
  • Myth 10: Glass is low tech

Imagine car and window glass having the capability to go opaque, change colors or shades like in the video… how fun could that be with bathroom and shower stalls, skylights, building facades, glass staircases… and even down to sunglasses, plates and tables. Imagine an evolving catwalk, the future of awards shows and how little space would be required on your desk for technology. Imagine going to the hair salon for a new look and having styles fit for your face shape shown to you as 3D lifelike models… hook that up to a CNC machine and there goes the stylists job (scary thought but seemingly possible)! And what about wine glasses, could this technology label your glass with the vineyard name, country and age to make you an instant know it all? Could your plate tell you what your calorie count is based on ingredients, weight and portion sizes?

This technology however scares me when it comes to theft, cost, vandalism, information security and general T.M.I. (too much information).

Above is a great video on the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. This museum has the whole history of glass, glassmaking sessions and demos and competitions and labs for designers and artists. Im sure Dale Chihuly has a section in there and if not the museum isnt complete without it. I hope the museum has or will soon have an interactive virtual glass home and workplace display like the one shown in the “a day made of Glass” video.

In very recent and tragic news the March 11, 2011 earthquake that devastated Japan has not affected Cornings staff of Shizuoka and Sakai City plants. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those lives lost in the devastation.

Help Japan

Help Japan via: mymodernmet.com

What are your thoughts? What is the potential of this technology? What may be the drawbacks that affect your day to day life?

Top 10 Handmade Christmas Tree s 2010

Christmas Trees are like people, they come is all different sizes shapes and colors. To me nothing is more special than a one of a kind unique christmas tree. Here are my top 10 favorite non living Christmas Trees made out of fun and fascinating materials.

Here are my top 10 favorite unique handmade Christmas trees

10. A Swarovski Christmas Tree in Austria. Beautiful, simple and sparkling crystals!

Glistening Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree in Austria

Glistening Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree in Austria

9. Murano glass looks amazing in all forms. Here is a stunning Murano Glass Christmas tree in Venice Italy.  This glass tree is 8.5m tall and 3m wide weighing in at 3 tons which makes it the world’s largest glass blown tree. It was made by local glass blowers out of 1000 glass tubes and 2000 metal rods.

Murano Glass Christmas Tree in Venice

Murano Glass Christmas Tree in Venice

8.  Here is a cool Cardboard Christmas Tree made from 200 sheets of cardboard glued together with Starch and sprayed with fire retardant. This Innovative tree could be created in numerous different shapes as a great DIY weekend project.

Eco Friendly Cardboard Christmas Tree

Eco Friendly Cardboard Christmas Tree

7. Nothing can be richer on the senses than a tree you can eat or drink! Here are 4 favorites… Sushi, Wine, Chocolate and Beer trees! This beautiful Chocolate tree was done by Ferrero Rocher.

Food and Alcohol Christmas Trees

Food and Alcohol Christmas Trees

6. Last year my Kasian crew got together to make a stunning Wood Veneer Christmas Tree for our annual Edmonton Festival of Trees entry. Metro Wallcoverings donated all of the wood veneer wallcovering for this piece in 2 species to create the stunning wood tree.

Wood Veneer Christmas Tree

Wood Veneer Christmas Tree

5. This ice tree sculpture made from 300 recycled water bottles suspended from the ceiling. Designed by graphic design firm Paprika it was hung in the window of Montreal furniture store Domison in 2008.

Paprika Design Ice tree made of water bottles!

Paprika Design Ice tree made of water bottles!

4. Here is my favorite Glass Christmas Tree! Once again by by great coworkers at Kasian, this tree is our Gold medal winner from the Edmonton Festival of trees. See my full article for more about this elegant and icy creation that would fit beautifully into any decor.

Kasian Glass Christmas Tree

Kasian Glass Christmas Tree

3. This sparkling tree is at the Swarovski Boutique at Singapore’s Landmark Tower. Elegantly crafted it has the quality and construction of a chandelier.

Swarovski Tree Landmark Tower

Swarovski Tree Landmark Tower

2. Gorgeous and festive Istanbul Christmas Tree

Outdoor Christmas Tree in Istanbul

Outdoor Christmas Tree in Istanbul

1. Swarovski Tree in Shanghai’s Grand Gateway Shopping mall

Swarovski Christmas Tree in Shanghai

Swarovski Christmas Tree in Shanghai

Kasian Festival of Trees entry wins GOLD!!!

Festival of Trees 2010 Progress Image

Festival of Trees Mock up in the Kasian office

Kasian has made a tradition of coming up with exciting and beautiful orginal entries for the Edmonton Festival of Trees each year. This year with aspirations of gold we took to our toughest challenge yet. The theme of this years competition was “Sparkle” and what better way to embody the theme than to make a Christmas Tree out of glass with sparkling silver oranaments! Our Kasian team joined forces with renouwned glass artists at Panache glass and ceramic to create this innovative and sparkling tree. Ewa, Marlene and Rose from panache volunteered their time and glass to create each individual glass stem a different size and shape to form the tree. On Kasian’s end we made a form for our glass filled concrete base with castors and purchased a threaded steel rod, bolts and washers to secure the glass.

The Edmonton Festival of Trees raises funds for patient care and research at the University of Alberta Hospital.

Myself and Simon adding finishing touches to the glass tree

Myself and Simon adding finishing touches to the glass tree

It took Panache a few weeks to create all of the individual glass pieces and once they were finished the Kasian team came down to test out the weight of the glass on the structure and to determine if we wanted to paint the pieces of not. We opted on leaving the natural green tint of the glass as it was classic and elegant. We also believed that the glass in its natural color would appeal to more potential buyers. Once we brought all the glass back to the Kasian studio we assembled the tree and worked on determining the best light sources, decor, skirt and tree topper. Taking the tree apart one more time we transported it over to the Shaw conference center and reassembled it within a 2 day window. The feedback we have already recieved from the event has been spectacular. Please go check it out if you have the opportunity before the afternoon of Sunday December 5th.

Christmas Tree closeup

Christmas Tree decor closeup

Some notes about the tree: Their are 74 individual glass pieces, 8 strings of white lights, 125lbs of concrete and the overall piece weighs roughly 250lbs!

Christmas Tree

Edmonton Festival of Trees Gold Winner

Kasian Glass Christmas Tree Installed with deer

Kasian Glass Christmas Tree Installed

Bird on glass tree

Bird on glass tree

Interior Design Bold Stripes

There are a million ways to fake the shape, size, form and flaws in a room. One of the best visual distractions is using stripes. As today was a pretty grey day in Edmonton I thought it would be lovely to bring in some color. Candy cane stripes are a bold statement that can add a lot of visual texture without necessarily adding cost or the need for many accessories. The stripe can weave you through a room or tell you where to look. It can make fat look thin and short look tall and can even throw off your depth perception. Stripes can be achieved with Paint, wall covering, fabric and a collage of other materials for any kind of DIY project.

Show your stripes with finishes and furnishings

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