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DuPont

Du Pont Engineering Polymers : 26 January, 2004  (Company News)
DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions has commissioned a series of graphic works from Michael Young, one of the most exciting Young British Designers of his generation.
Each of the pieces is designed to show various aspects of the unique aesthetic effects possible when working with new DuPont™ SentryGlas® Expressions™ decorative laminated glass. Michael Young had this to say about working with SentryGlas® Expressions™:

“I first came into contact with DuPont™ SentryGlas® Expressions™ through interior design work at the new Mandarina Duck store in Berlin, Germany. Working with Expressions™, we were delighted to discover a sophisticated, refreshing and high quality material for interior design that we had not encountered before. It is easy and great to work with, from reproducing simple company logos to complex images that really exploit the potential of the material.

“It’s actually been a fabulous experience, working on the Expressions™commissioned pieces. I wanted to see how far you could take the material in terms of incorporating images and effects that would interest architects and interior designers.

“The perfect material for computer art”

“As a designer, what I especially like is the direct link to the computer. Expressions™ decorative glass is a perfect medium for computer art. A designer can create an image, e-mail it to DuPont and then you get the actual decorative laminated glass samples to check a couple of weeks later. I have not experienced any other decorative material that is so fast to print on and work with.

“When working in the past with the silkscreen process – for printing on linoleum, for example - it takes on average three months to cover the same production steps. Also, unlike silk-screened glass, you get the pattern on both sides of the glass (whereas with silk-screened glass there is a ‘front’ and a ‘back’; a ‘good’ side and a ‘bad’ side).

“Expressions™ technology is also very efficient compared to silk screening; there is no wastage. An architect can commission a few small panels and pay for the exact quantity of decorative laminated glass ordered.

“When completing this assignment I mainly used two software packages: 3D Studio Max from Iomega - which allows you explore a wide range of 3D aesthetic effect and technical processes in resolutions of up to 1,440 dots per inch (dpi) - and Illustrator from Adobe, which allows you to achieve work with a substantial range of line thicknesses to achieve a finely graded effect. It’s wonderful to be able to use graded colour as a background; it helps a designer to create truly three-dimensional designs. The 3D effect in the final Expressions™ pieces is remarkable.

Transparent and translucent options

“Because you have three different options of the decorative glass (transparent, and two types of translucent) you can decide on how much light to let through – or you can simply let the pattern dictate that.

“Another astonishing effect – my personal favourite - was when we laminated mirrors into the glass, as well as a graded, coloured pattern. The effect is very ethereal. We worked with laminator Flachglas Wernberg of Germany to find a process that works really well and we are using glass panels with mirrors laminated into them using Expressions™technology for Mandarina Duck’s Berlin store.

“It is pretty exciting to be at the ‘birth’ of a major new design / materials technology as flexible and powerful as SentryGlas® Expressions™. I believe the material fills a definite gap in the architectural and interior design markets and that there will be a lot of excitement as we understand the enormous range of aesthetic effects that can be achieved. I believe that we’re still at the tip of the iceberg”.

One of the most successful and exciting young British designers of today, Michael Young, was born in England in 1966 and studied Furniture and Product Design at Kingston University (London). While still a student, he began working with Tom Dixon at Space Studio in London and in 1994 launched his first collection of woven steel furniture and ‘Smartie’ furniture in Paris and Tokyo. In 1995, after winning the prestigious Talente arts prize in Germany, he launched his Magazine collection of furniture, which was re-launched in 2001 by the Twenty-Twenty-One furniture retail group. In 1997 Young launched the Fly collection in Milan for E&Y Japan and over the next two years began working on projects for Christopher Farr Carpets, SOM architects, Rosenthal, Magis and Cappellini. In 2000 he found M.Y. Studio in Iceland with his wife, Katrin Peturs. Clients include Cappellini, Magis, DuPont™ Corian®, Rosenthal, Laurent Perrier Champagne, Sawaya & Moroni,

Eurolounge, Ritzenhoff and Chrisotopher Farr and Sony. Recent projects have included ASTRO d’Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Neue Sammlung in Munich and the Portuguese Museum in London.

Speed and flexibility

DuPont™ SentryGlas® Expressions™ decorative interlayers are digitally printed in full-colour using patent-pending, high definition ink jet and PVB interlayer technology. The result is high quality imagery and design textures in safety glass, with remarkably reduced, design-to-production time, increased flexibility in image customisation and continuous tone control. The technology is available on industry-proven PVB interlayers, ranging from white to clear.

SentryGlas® Expressions™ technology enables textures, company logos and images to be incorporated into a range of architectural glass applications such as entry doors, overhead glazing, balustrades and office partitions –while also conferring the many benefits of laminated glass including safety, security, excellent outdoor weatherability, protection from UV rays, noise reduction and solar/thermal control.

Custom-designed architectural glass with more than a million shades and nuances of colour can be made using SentryGlas® Expressions™ decorative interlayers, with digital printing precision up to 1,440 dots per inch (dpi). Complex images such as colour photographs can be reproduced with sensational effect.

Laminators, architects and designers send their original artwork to DuPont as transparencies or as high-resolution graphics made with software like Photoshop, Illustrator or Quark Express. DuPont then prints the proofs, which are then sent back to the customer for approval. Following approval, a digitally printed interlayer is shipped to the glass laminator for manufacture according to the customer’s functional specifications.
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