This window was designed to fit a new aperture up a stairwell. The client’s brief was “Outdoors, indoors” and so a border of wisteria was included to reflect the real one which trailed the wall outside. The client also kept Koi carp and so these were positioned in the rippling pond at the bottom. The window measured 1 x 3m and was protected by 10mm thick polycarbonate.
ISLINGTON, LONDONA rather wacky design from a wacky client resulted in this striking design for a front facing sash window. The client supplied a computer-produced design which we tinkered with to make it glass friendly. We chose the glasses for their textures and light admitting qualities, using some common domestic glass from the 1950’s which obscures the view but magnifies the light.
LITTLE SAMPFORD, ESSEXAn extension to an old country cottage made way for a study room and additional bedroom. To obscure the view of a fairly close brick wall and the neighbour’s garden, these 2 windows were designed to tie in the client’s love of Mondrian paintings and the rose motif present in the pargetting on the external walls. A vast range of different textured machine and handmade glasses were used to engage the eye on its surface, thus making it less likely to view through it. As this was a new build, the windows had to be double glazed and so we sandwiched the leaded panels into a double glazed unit in line with current building regulations
GREAT DUNMOW, ESSEXTwo households were involved in this project. A lady had moved from this house and wanted to take her front door window with her. It contained a beautifully detailed painted scene and required size adjustments to fit her new door. The new residents now needed to replace this with something equally as colourful and intricate and so we used as reference the patterns from the Victorian tiled path leading to the front door. We used these patterns for the borders with a light-emitting central area with a floral motif of streaky glass to give them more emphasis in their plain background.
MALDON, ESSEXThis project began with the repair of a broken Tiffany style lamp! Before we knew it, we were making this set of small panels for the internal French doors between the sitting room and hallway. As light was not an issue, the client chose a bold mix of colours and textures which was a joy to undertake.
GREAT WALTHAM, ESSEXHaving such a large expanse of glass to fill can be daunting as well as expensive. This client wished to have all their windows in and around the front door to be of one cohesive design but simple enough to allow in maximum light and not create a second mortgage! They settled for a simple repeat flower design that could be adapted to fit all the various sized window openings.
WANSTEAD, LONDONWhen many Victorian terraces were made into flats in the 1970’s, many of the original features were either removed or just left to fall into disrepair. Front door windows were no exception and so many were replaced with sheets of heavily textured glass. Nowadays, many people are now restoring their front doors to their former glory. This example was a copy of a neighbour’s door-set and which tied in with others in the street. The house number or name can be included in the light above the front door as it most likely would have been originally.
WEST BYFLEET, SURREY‘Glamour’ was what we were after with this design. The bevel cluster at the centre gave a small viewing area to the outside whilst lending a certain sparkle to the rich and textured colouring.
GREAT BADDOWThis project was a great surprise! I was expecting the usual floral or Edwardian design for this front entrance but was overjoyed that the client wanted something completely different. Having worked at Goddard & Gibbs Studios for 5 years, we learnt a lot about Middle Eastern designs and much time was spent cutting myriad pieces for large scale geometric designs. The use of blues and whites dominate such designs and it is important to consider the use of varying lead thicknesses to aid variation and to lend emphasis to key areas and create focal points.
EPPING, ESSEXIn order for our client to be able to take their window with them if they moved, they had it made for an oak frame which was fixed high up the stairwell. Obviously a Macintosh-style design, we used a harmonious mix of pinks and purples with some opaque white and 2 clusters of chequered grey glass and clear bevels for added interest.
LINTON, CAMBS.This domestic window was installed in mid October 2010 and was triple glazed in line with building regs with the added benefits of heat retention and easy cleaning. The brief was of ’simplicity and light’. This we beefed up with ‘movement and texture’ and the result is of a pleasing shimmering calm, floating above the front door. What a lovely way to feel when you come home!!
THORPE BAY, ESSEXMaking a design leap across a void is always a tricky undertaking. This room was once a separate bathroom and toilet, hence the gap between the windows, now occupied by the vertical radiator. Huge amounts of measurements were taken to align the design across the wall. As the design was based on sun rays, the lines HAD to line up for maximum impact – although the selenium colours helped