Amid a sea of tile and stone kitchen walls, design and architecture studio Incorporated took a different approach for a client’s remodeled Manhattan kitchen: combining glass and fabric for a unique and low-maintenance backsplash.
Manufacturer Bendheim created the backsplash by laminating the translucent fabric—a cherished piece of the homeowner’s that was designed by renowned architect Josef Frank—between ultra-clear, low-iron glass. Though seemingly straightforward, the manufacturer had to perfect the interlayer binding the fabric to the glass and work closely with Incorporated to ensure the desired pattern and look.
The effect is a unique, bright pop in the otherwise understated white kitchen, providing a bit of delicate whimsy in what is normally is busy, grease-spattered environment. Continuous and non-porous, the float-glass surface is low-maintenance and easier to clean than tile, says Bendheim, shows less dirt than stainless steel, and will stand up to kitchen rigors over time better than stone.
Along with fabric, Bendheim also can create glass pieces using rice paper and other decorative elements.
Photo by Annie Schlechter, courtesy of Incorporated
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