Glass rondels are circular panes of blown glass that first appeared in 6th century leaded windows. Through our exacting craftsmanship and technical refinements, we’ve reintroduced leaded glass to the modern interior, while project-specific color palettes are created via close collaboration with the Monarch Glass Studio of Kansas City, Missouri.
Rondel Windows for Entry Hall
This San Francisco home enjoys exquisite, custom blown rondels that optically alter the view and contrast nicely with the interstitial glass, which transforms the same view - but in a different fashion.
The pairing of radial and linear distortion.
Inspired by the leaded glass designs of Eliel Saarinenn, this pattern embraces three distinct glass types. The field pairs a clear glass with a pale grey, lightly seeded glass from Germany while amber squares shimmer with reflected light from an iridescent surface.
Windows for a 1929 Spanish Revival Home
A 1923 leaded glass catalog provided a perfect pattern for this Spanish Revival’s stairwell turret. German glass of varying seed and striation densities balanced optical interest with the ability to highlight various shapes within the design while the wider, blackened lead complemented the home’s robust ironwork.
Window of Ordered Light
Created for a client’s mid-century study, this window was designed to limit west-facing light that pours into the room toward day’s end. Color cues were taken from existing furnishings.
Modern Mackintosh Cabinetry Panels
To reflect his Scottish heritage, the owner of a contemporary home in Del Mar, California wanted a Charles Renne Mackintosh influence on his cabinetry and entry windows. Rather than reproducing an original design, I balanced the detail and openness of my favorite Mackintosh windows in a geometric fashion for the cabinetry panels. Designed in a similar style, our leaded glass entry can be seen in the distance.
Climbing Rose for Cottage Window
I designed this to interact with the existing wooden sash by continuing the mullion lines into a larger trellis-like framework. Inspired by California architects Charles and Henry Greene, I then drew an abstracted rosevine that meanders up toward the sun. I used a background glass where you can see what the weather is like outside, and still feel comfortable without shades. At night, the color details shimmer with reflected iridescent light.
Viennese Wisteria Entry
Our Viennese Wisteria inspired this front door's design. The top of the long, middle window is a hinged “speak easy” that both covers a hidden clear glass pane and allows one to safely see who’s at the door
Ginkgo Nouveau Design for Stairwell Landing
My client’s fondness for the Ginkgo leaf was this project's genesis. Rather than a choosing a naturalistic approach, I deconstructed the leaf shape, flipped it upside-down and elongated the stem to transform it into an architectural element. The design looks original to the 1904 home, while adding a fresh look going forward.
Ginkgo Nouveau Laylight
This skylight cover, also know as a laylight, is a companion piece to the Ginkgo Nouveau Stairwell window. The glass selection softens the daylight and also diffuses the illumination created by the dimmable LED system at night. The white area is a semi-opaque glass from Germany and the grey was chosen to highlight the window’s design elements. A singular design results from the rectangular steel armature - bolted to the lightwell’s framing - and the positioning of the individual leaded glass panels.
Dogwood Windows for Stairwell
My amazing clients lived with horrendous bathroom glass in these windows for 40+ years-raised children and now grandchildren; I’m honored to contribute to their home! This installation was created to balance natural light and the privacy that would be provided by a Dogwood,if one could be planted in a narrow San Francisco light well. The windows- 10’ tall at right- are supported by a reinforcement system that distributes the weight throughout the window frame, to minimize downward pressure at the base of the windows.
Leaded windows are often dominated by overbearing geometric frames needed to support the weight of the glass. Studying Tiffany windows suggested the placement of an occasional flower to soften the frame’s presence and emphasize the window’s artistry.
Autumn Leaf Laylight
This laylight of autumnal leaves in a rainstorm was designed to be a ceiling-level lens that obscures the skylight cover and unsightly lightwell, while the panel’s steel reinforcements conform to the trajectory of the diagonal lines and hides them from view.
Dunsmuir Door with Fall Leaf Leaded Glass
This door is a result of artistic collaboration with The Craftsman Door Company, the maker of the finest doors I’ve encountered. Our goal was to create a full-length art glass design that could be scaled to suit the typical home. Shawn's an accomplished woodworker and an excellent designer, and his talent & skill are readily apparent in this door’s fabrication.
Japanese Maple Entry
Dividing a single design over multiple openings is inspired by the work of California architects Charles & Henry Greene. The continuity created by an organic composition of a Japanese Maple unifies the windows into a singular expression of natural beauty while providing illuminated privacy.
The pocket doors open to the home’s courtyard, while the door to the street is in the distance…. All three variations are inspired by Charles & Henry Greene’s artistry.
California Live Oak Entry - Exterior
Inspired by Charles & Henry Greene’s Gamble House in Pasadena, California, this leaded glass entry evokes the beauty of a California Oak at sunset. Rather than replicating the original design, it’s essence was reinterpreted via decorative soldering of the branches to allude to and capture its gnarled character.
California Live Oak Entry - Interior
As seen from the inside, the wrap-around sidelights create the effect of being enveloped by an ancient Oak tree. Because Sudden Oak Death is destroying thousands of California’s native Oaks, this design is a memorial to the tragic loss of these magnificent trees.
Pine Bough Windows for a Dining Room
Tiresome curtains gave rise to a search for a new solution to impart both beauty and privacy to this dining room. These windows use a technique called plating where multiple layers of glass are set together to enhance the depth and character of the design.
Pine Bough Window Detail
Three layers of glass are used to capture the complexity of a pine needle cluster. we make a pine needle glass that’s embedded between green and amber glass, each divided with lead lines that evoke pine needles.
Grape Vine Windows for Wine Room Cabinetry
There is a long tradition of using leaded glass in cabinetry to enhance a room's aesthetics, while obscuring a cabinet’s contents. Several layers of iridescent glass gently reflect the light in a motif that mirrors the room’s intended purpose - the celebration of winemaking.
Magnolia for French Door
Capturing the contrast between the Magnolia’s gnarled branches and its graceful flowers is one of our favorite subjects for leaded glass artistry. The glass for this window comes to us from Pennsylvania, Oregon and Indiana.
This window was designed for a room that houses a vintage map collection. The specially blown orb represents a deep space nebula and the constellations were etched into custom-made flashed glass. The phases of the moon are plated ring-mottled glass shaded with a painted layer and the framing garland, made of opalescent and iridescent glass, recalls the design back down to earth.
This 8’ diameter dome of a Magnolia tree in full bloom features a custom sky-blue to sunset glass commissioned for this project. To build something this monumental, we cut the glass and arranged it on a flat surface before assembling the finshed segments into a concave mold that matched the curvature of the dome.