Extending Dining Glass table – By Tonelli Design

Lapsus is an extending glass table with tempered glass table top and supported by a solid wooden base available in which is available in either solid walnut or mat lacquered finish.

The table unique mechanism enables the glass leafs to effortlessly slide out offering extra length and seating.

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Designed by Francesca Arrighi & Filippo Pernisco – Nisco  and Francesca Arrighi for Tonelli

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The video below shows the glass dining table extending.

All images ref: Tonelli Design

Milan Furniture Fair 2015 Pt.2

As Promised here is our second instalment of the glass furniture we found at Milan this year. one of our favourite collections this year was by Gallotti & Radice the combination of metal and glass, and aged mirror and wood offers such a rich pallet of finishes to the user. We also loved some of the intricate detailing found in the digit by Tonelli and also the beautifully layering of colours found in the Box in Box by Stark for Glas Italia

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The Golden moon glass and metal coffee table is formed from a sheet of extra clear glass with dish insert formed from bright brass. The thin support frame is manufacture with a complimentary aged finish – burnished brass. The contrast between aged material and highly finished glass and brass offers a luxurious, rich, glass and metal table with substance.

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The Golden moon glass and metal coffee table is formed from a sheet of extra clear glass with dish insert formed from bright brass. The thin support frame is manufacture with a complimentary aged finish – burnished brass. The contrast between aged material and highly finished glass and brass offers a luxurious, rich, glass and metal table with substance.

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Milan Furniture Fair 2015 Pt.1

We have watched some really interesting developments in glass furniture over recent years. This year the glass furniture at Milan was stunning and in our opinion over shadowed some of the other exhibitors new furniture lines. With companies such as Glas Italia, Tonelli Design, Fiam Italia, Gallotti&Radice leading the way in design. We thought we would kick of our first ever blog with some of our favourite glass furniture at Milan 2015.

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The above glass table design designed by Nendo for Glas Itala. This table, named ‘Soft’ is formed from frosted sections of glass which have special gradient prints on the reverse face. The glass sections are fixed together using special, highly technical, ultra strong glueing techniques.

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The Mirage glass furniture collection is formed from layered sections of glass, mirror and wood or patterned inter-layers. The mirrored surfaces reflect opposing faces, causing a sort of ‘mirage’ effect from which the table gets its name. This collection of glass tables are produced by Tonlli and designed by Matteo Ragni.

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The Glass Table above is formed through an combination of intricate glass polishing and uv bonding techniques. The top section is constructed entirely from glass and then appears to rest effortlessly on top of the wooden legs below.

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The glass Coffee table above is constructed from 10 mm transparent extra light toughened glass and is supported on top of a Black open pore or rust lacquered wooden base. other finishes shown include; Bright brass, hand burnished brass, coppered brass or black chromed metal parts. This glass furniture at Milan has been designed by Massimo Castagna for Gallotti Radice.

We saw so many great designs which we would classify as progressive glass furniture at Milan this year that it has been difficult to fit them all into one post. once we have the images ready and the text formatted we will be back to you with some more beautiful glass furniture from Milan 2015.

Additive Manufacturing of Optically Transparent Glass

A new process which enables 3d printing of glass.

GLASS from Mediated Matter Group on Vimeo.

Glass 3D Printing (G3DP)

Additive Manufacturing of Optically Transparent Glass developed by the Mediated Matter Group at the MIT Media Lab in collaboration with the Glass Lab at MIT.

Ancient yet modern, enclosing yet invisible, glass was first created in Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt 4,500 years ago. Precise recipes for its production – the chemistry and techniques – often remain closely guarded secrets. Glass can be molded, formed, blown, plated or sintered; its formal qualities are closely tied to techniques used for its formation.

From the discovery of core-forming process for bead-making in ancient Egypt, through the invention of the metal blow pipe during Roman times, to the modern industrial Pilkington process for making large-scale flat glass; each new breakthrough in glass technology occurred as a result of prolonged experimentation and ingenuity, and has given rise to a new universe of possibilities for uses of the material. This show unveils a first of its kind optically transparent glass printing process called G3DP.

G3DP is an additive manufacturing platform designed to print optically transparent glass. The tunability enabled by geometrical and optical variation driven by form, transparency and color variation can drive; limit or control light transmission, reflection and refraction, and therefore carries significant implications for all things glass. The platform is based on a dual heated chamber concept. The upper chamber acts as a Kiln Cartridge while the lower chamber serves to anneal the structures. The Kiln Cartridge operates at approximately 1900°F and can contain sufficient material to build a single architectural component. The molten material gets funneled through an alumina-zircon-silica nozzle. The project synthesizes modern technologies, with age-old established glass tools and technologies producing novel glass structures with numerous potential applications.

The G3DP project was created in collaboration between the Mediated Matter group at the MIT Media Lab, the Mechanical Engineering Department, the MIT Glass Lab and Wyss Institute. Researchers include John Klein, Michael Stern, Markus Kayser, Chikara Inamura, Giorgia Franchin, Shreya Dave, James Weaver, Peter Houk and Prof. Neri Oxman.