I do a lot of work in century homes with windows on their stairwell landings. The period stained glass often needs attention after years of weather and gravity. In some cases, tho, the original glass has regrettably been removed. Bruce to the rescue!
Here, the original windows had been replaced with poorly built ones that began to fail after a few years. The home had other leaded glass, so I looked to it for inspiration. The result is a simple, clean, classic design (with a little textural sparkle) that is properly reinforced and feels like it has always been there.
In this next case, a previous owner liked the stained glass window and took it with them when they moved, leaving clear, patterned bathroom glass in its place. I worked with the clients to establish a color palette and find design motifs within the home’s architecture to mimic in the new design. The result is a window that feels like it could have been installed 100 years ago.
I created this stairwell window a few years ago. Visitors to the studio are always drawn to it.
Like most of my work, I wanted to design something with one foot in the past and another in the present. To this end, I took design cues from other stained and leaded glass in their home. Formal elements like the overlapping circles, wide edge border, and central “medallion” speak to traditional stained glass design. Then I introduced a flurry of colored roundels, deconstructed some of those formal shapes, and started playing with color.
The result is joyful and exuberant while still somehow bowing to the constraints of geometry and order.
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