Wimberley Glassworks
Wimberley Glassworks has been creating custom handblown lighting in our Texas studio since 1992. Our lighting is unique in that it's a combination of handblown art glass shades that you can pair with one of the hand forged fixtures from Hubbardton Forge or your existing fixture. The result is a UL listed, high quality, hand crafted work, that will fill a room with an ambiance of art and colored light. Wimberley Glassworks can also help you design hand crafted art glass and lighting for your arc  ...  
Address: 6469 Ranch Road 12
City: San Marcos
State: TX
Zip: 78666
Country: United States
Phone: (512) 213-4148
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Custom Art Glass Lighting Helps Create Extraordinary Office Building Lobbies
Written by: By Jeff Gerber and Tim de Jong
Article Although it may seem extravagant at first blush, custom, blown art glass lighting can be a powerful design element for office building lobbies – something that architects may want to consider incorporating into their projects more often. A lobby’s appearance can affect building occupancy and caliber of tenants. Of course, tenants decide to lease in one office building over others based on a multitude of factors including cost, location, quality of the space, furnishings in public areas, amenities, the landlord’s reputation and more. But the look and feel of a lobby also strongly influence the decision. The lobby is the first space that tenants, their employees and visitors experience once they enter a building and, in a matter of seconds, it creates a powerful first impression. Lighting contributes significantly to that all-important first impression, either adding to or detracting from a positive impact. Granted, lighting, first and foremost, has to illuminate the space, but it can do so much more if it’s artistically executed. A custom art glass lighting installation can instantly transform what otherwise would be a purely functional space into a space that’s striking and inspirational. It differentiates a building from competitive offerings and helps a real estate company distinctively brand its portfolio of properties. When it comes to designing new or renovating existing lobbies, these installations should have equal weight with other design elements. Once the decision has been made to include custom art glass lighting in a lobby, collaboration is key among all parties who will weigh in on the design of the space. The sooner the architect, glass artist and client begin collaborating, the better. The architectural design of a lobby should take into account the design of the lighting installation. At the same time, the lighting installation must blend with the feel of the building and complement both the interior and exterior finishes. Taking the property’s exterior architecture into account also can be important. “The River of Glass” in Houston is a good example of a successful custom art glass lighting installation developed for a Class A office building lobby. Located in Granite Properties’ Briarpark Green building, which opened in the spring of 2014, this sprawling piece was the result of close collaboration from inception among the architectural team from PGAL, Wimberley Glassworks, and Granite’s director of development/construction, David Cunningham. Cunningham wanted to include art glass lighting in the new building’s lobby. He had used these types of installations in other office building lobbies as a way to create exceptional spaces that have become a signature of the company’s brand. The Dallas-based developer also is a big fan of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, notable for its expansive, rolling terrain, which includes both wandering, crystalline rivers and desert-like, dry riverbeds. The creative solution was to incorporate a native landscape-inspired “stream” and dry river bed throughout the property, which would not only be different and interesting but also reinforce the path of travel for building tenants and visitors. For the interior portion of the stream, Wimberley Glassworks drew its inspiration from Central Texas’s Blanco River, a stretch of water known throughout the Lone Star state for its idyllic scenery and clarity. The building’s dual lobbies were designed to accommodate a 110-foot-long, soothing “watercourse” that flows between the two spaces. The concept required constructing a one-and-a-half-foot deep cove cut into the ceiling. As it meanders through the building, the cove varies in size from six- to 12-feet wide. To promote a sense of fluidity, the inverted river bottom has an iridescent textural finish that contains hints of greens, blues and oranges. Throughout the ceiling channel, custom pendants hang at varying heights to give the impression of water flowing randomly as it would in nature. The installation also includes cove lighting along the curves of the recessed ceiling channel. Because energy performance is important, as well, the entire art glass assembly is fitted with environmentally sound, dimmable CREE LED bulbs. There are plenty of attractive office building lobbies across the United States (along with many more that are ordinary and outdated), but there are only a handful that truly give these important spaces a real aesthetic boost, stopping people in their tracks and prompting them to say, “Wow, this is a special place.” Among those showstoppers are the lobbies designed to showcase custom, blown art glass lighting installations. Art glass lighting may not be one of the first design elements that comes to mind when planning for a new lobby or renovating an existing one, but perhaps it should be. # # # About the authors: Jeff Gerber, AIA, is the Chief Executive Officer of PGAL, an award-winning national architecture firm. Tim de Jong is the owner and creative director of Wimberley Glassworks, one of the nation’s premier custom blown glass lighting studios specializing in commercial installations. For more information visit www.pgal.com and www.wgw.com.
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Hot Wrap Cylinder
2015 Platinum Award
Clear Hot Wrap Textured Cylinder shade on the Ambit pendant. Cylinder measures 4" diameter by 13"H ...
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Simple Lines Sconce
2015 Platinum Award
Shown with metal finish: Mahogony (-03) Shown with Amber Woodgrain small straight dome shade* ...
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Platter Sconce
2015 Gold Award
Available with your choice of Rim Color Shown with Emerald Rim color 24" Diameter x 23" Height ...
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Antasia Pendant
2015 Platinum Award
Description: • Shown with metal finish: Black (-10) • Shown with Random Trails platter lamp shade* ...
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9-Light Sweeping Taper Chandel
2015 Platinum Award
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Wimberley Glassworks's Projects:
Granite North Brand | Los Ange
Providing appeal, two blown glass lighting platter/pendant assemblies create focal points and lighting in both the east and west lobbies in the North ...
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The Jewel | Texas Children'
The art glass lighting design above the main lobby information desk of Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women, is comprised of a twenty one 26&q ...
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Hover Chandelier | Espy Corpor
The custom blown glass Hover Chandelier was fabricated into duplicate lights in different glass color patterns, designed to reflect the graceful curve ...
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Soft Motion | Park 17
Park 17, an office tower with condominiums, provided our studio an opportunity to create a conceptual design representing light in motion. Within the ...
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Falling Embers | Spectrum Cent
Chandelier-like blown glass lighting designs comprised of eighty-six pendants, in varying heights from 4' to 25', warm the space of two lobbies connec ...
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Sunrise at Matagorda Bay | Pet
Several of Granite Properties' buildings are branded with themes from the natural surroundings of Texas such as this installation entitled "Sunri ...
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Texas Oak Chandelier | Granite
The Texas Oak Tree installations are a series of three blown glass lighting and sculpted metal chandeliers, two of which are fourteen feet in diameter ...
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The River of Glass | Briarpark
The River of Glass installation was inspired by the beautiful Blanco River; a stretch of water known throughout Texas for its idyllic scenery. This co ...
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