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COLUMBUS, OH – March 14, 2010 – The Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL), a national demonstration home of the future, recently received a surprise gift of five decorative glass art panels from SGO Designer Glass. The panels were a secret project completed by Patrick Manley, UDLL architect, and artist Cathy Van Volkenburg in conjunction with Charlie Groezinger of SGO Designer Glass.
“The Universal Design Living Laboratory project was certainly worthwhile,” states Groezinger. “The aim of our glass panel art was to combine the home’s utility with a sense of beauty and art, and we are confident to say that it will serve its purpose.”
The artwork was designed not only to give the home another unique feature, but to give the home a sense of Feng Shui as well, asserting its five elements of fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. The most predominant color within the design is blue and its varying shades, which creates the presence of nature inside the home. The panels lack straight lines to incorporate a sense of fluidity and acts as a contrast to the vertical and horizontal lines found within the home. Four glass art panels will be suspended horizontally nine feet above the library hallway. The last panel will be used as an interior garage entry door at the end of the hallway.
“People need to be educated on creative and unique ways that glass art can be used in the home,” says Anna L. Lyon, Allied ASID, UDLL interior designer. “These panels extend a sense of rhythm, balance and color throughout the home.”
The Universal Design Living Laboratory is a national demonstration home and garden that will bring attention to three critical architectural design and building concepts: universal design, green sustainable building and healthy chemical-free materials. UDLL will serve to help people better understand how to create a more comfortable living environment that will enhance their quality of life. This Universal Design Living Laboratory will act as a resource to learn from – today and tomorrow.
About SGO Designer Glass:
SGO is a full service architectural glass provider and international franchise company based in Orange, California. Founded in 1974, the company began franchising its designer glass process in 1981. Stained Glass Overlay has over 150 locations in the United States and Canada, and strong representation in 35 other countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, Kuwait, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Malaysia, Romania, Portugal, Morocco, Madagascar, and Russia.