No material inspires more creativity
Reflection, refraction, transparency, and color. Those are just some of the ways glass can interact with light and other materials to create breathtaking, and sometimes surprising, designs, technologies, and works of art. Discover how glass is inspiring engineers and artists to bridge the gap between a functional material and visionary medium.
Inspired by Glass
We asked designers, engineers, and artists all about glass inspiration. Here, they share their insights about what glass can enable as well as the possibilities it creates for the future. What is it about glass that you find special? Share your thoughts and perspectives with us. Tell us why you are inspired by glass.
Many Ivy League material scientists used to think glass was boring.
Then they met Dr. Pete Bocko.
Bocko teaches Glass: Structure, Properties, and Modern Applications at Cornell University. And while he covers the fundamentals of glass chemistry and formation, he strives to get students to connect these basics with glass functionality in real applications.
Guest Author: James Carpenter, Glass in the Built Environment
What is the significance of glass in the built environment? Light carries information about the world around us and glass allows us to layer many different components of light simultaneously, augmenting our ability to share a transcendent experience of nature. Beyond the problems defining glass scientifically, I am interested in the simultaneity that glass possesses. It is a dense material with the ability to appear weightless and its mass is literally transparent, but once we understand the full range of optical properties found in glass - transparency, reflection, diffusion, refraction and diffraction – it becomes evident that glass has the potential to capture and represent many levels of light information simultaneously, and that this information can also be deployed across the depth of the glass at all scales.
If the Glass Fits
Cotton. Leather. Silk. Denim. Glass. Which one does not belong?
While it may not be the most obvious material when it comes to fashion, glass artists across the globe are proving that the versatile material has a role in the fashion world through a now well-known and popular Glass Fashion Show event.
The Glass Age: The Next Frontier
Throughout history, materials have transformed society and culture. There was the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, and the Iron Age. This is the Glass Age.
Man-made glass dates back to at least 3,000 B.C. And, since its discovery, glass has made its mark on the world, spurring numerous revolutions -- from telescopes that expanded our understanding of the universe, to microscopes that led to the discovery of bacteria and viruses, to communications technologies that have transformed the way we interact with information and each other. But that’s just the beginning of glass’s story.
Technology Takes the Wheel
When it comes to concept cars, auto enthusiasts tend to set aside traditional expectations.
Instead, they think beyond the everyday. They marvel at innovation and design so extreme that they’re suddenly thinking about cars and other devices in entirely new ways.
That’s exactly what’s happening with the Rinspeed Etos, the 2016 concept car which transforms the stylish BMW i8 with a host of futuristic features.
The flashiest feature of all is a drone with a built-in landing pad made from Corning® Gorilla® Glass.