What do smartphones and elevator interiors have in common? The available materials and technologies restrict design freedom and control. But the status quo is changing. Enter, Corning® Gorilla® Glass. First, it revolutionized the mobile phone industry, offering a universe of possibility with its durability and toughness. Now Corning, the creator behind this incredibly versatile, but exclusive product, is expanding its renowned innovation and flexibility to architecture, ensuring elevator interiors become one of the most integral, exciting components of any project. So, as a designer, what do the advances in Gorilla Glass mean to you?
In A Word: Freedom. Total Design Freedom.
There’s a reason most elevators tend to look the same – give or take some wear and tear. Architects and designers had limited options: metal, wood veneer or plastic laminate, available in their choice of boring, tepid, and institutional motifs. You made the best of what you had. Hence, elevator interior design tends to be an overlooked field for most architects and designers, which is a shame, considering how many passengers view the inside of the elevator. But no more.
Gorilla Glass removes the constraints: now you can design elevators based on your ideas, not on limited options.
Gorilla Glass is engineered to be thin, lightweight and durable. Ultra-thin and tough, its properties allow for increased design potential. Suddenly, these previously unconsidered spaces are open to a world of opportunities to make your mark and leave a personal, creative touch: your place to stand out where other designers still haven’t caught on.
Unlimited Possibilities Courtesy of Printing
What goes under the Gorilla Glass? Images, solid colors, patterns, and logos can be printed and adhered to the back of the glass. Instead of relying on stock panels, you can bring your exact vision to life – and know that it will be protected and that the color and clarity will be unbeatable.
An office building, for instance, could have a beautiful image of nature printed behind the Corning® Gorilla® Glass in their elevators. This creates a unique and stimulating experience for users – a value-add that you can offer each of your clients.
Additionally, Gorilla Glass makes it possible to achieve the look of wood or stone, without the added weight, compliance issues, or hassle. Want a granite accent panel in your elevator? Real granite can be scratched or cracked – and can be difficult to match and replace if a panel gets damaged. A granite print beneath Gorilla Glass provides the same exquisite aesthetic, with less weight and thickness, while providing easy replacement.
True Colors: The Perfect Shade For Your Vision
Back painting is another method that allows you to achieve exactly what you envision. In the past, you may have been limited in your color choices – or worse, seen how the final product’s shade was off from your vision. With Gorilla Glass, the color you want is on the glass. This negates pixilation, which could occur if the solid color were printed, and it allows for more accurate color matches.
Unlike soda lime, which has a greenish tint that can distort your color, Gorilla Glass is pristine and crystal clear. This ensures that colors are true and vibrant – even if you opt for pure white tones, which are the hardest to achieve with conventional glass.
Before Corning® Gorilla® Glass, you probably felt the limitations of the 20 or so colors in which vinyl interlayers were available. Taupes became beige. Ivories became cream. Small changes that had a big impact on your vision. Now you can specify any Pantone color and request custom samples for your project.
A High-End Finish Atop Other Materials
Using Gorilla Glass does not negate your ability to use other materials – in fact, it enhances it. For instance, you can use stainless steel behind the glass to give your interior a sleek, contemporary feel. At the same time, you give it the incredible durability of glass, and drastically reduce the risk of dents and scratches, and ensure it’s easily maintained – all of which appeals to your clients.
Another option that both you and your clients will appreciate is Gorilla Glass is available with an anti-glare surface. This is the same feature that eliminates the glare on your laptop; in an elevator interior, it provides an elegant matte finish which also minimizes the appearance of fingerprints. It’s a subtlety that’s easy on the eyes and keeps your design looking fresh and clean even years down the road.
No longer do designers and architects have to sacrifice the integrity of their designs simply because materials can’t keep up. Through Corning’s innovative Gorilla Glass, you finally have a blank canvas to fill with…almost anything you can imagine. Which means your elevator interiors can finally get the design attention they deserve to capitalize on the attentions of all those people who will ride inside them, day-in, day-out. Free of constraints, what will you create?
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