Volume 40,   Issue 2                             February  2005

GANA Perspectives

And the Winners Are ...
    Recognizing Volunteers Who Work for Our Industry

by Ashley M. Charest

The Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) mirror division is pleased to announce its Mirrorlink.org Design Award winners for 2005. The design awards were created to recognize excellence in the design and installation of mirror. The reflective quality of mirrors can expand apparent interior space, brighten interiors with reflected light, highlight accessories through multiple reflections or enhance architectural details.

The judging for our 2005 entries was based on how the mirror application enhanced the architecture and aesthetic appeal of the design. Entries were divided into two categories: residential and commercial. This year’s judge was Pamela Heyne, AIA, author of Mirror By Design, a book written to stimulate design ideas for those wanting to use mirrors.

“I was honored to judge this year’s crop of designs,” said Heyne. “The winners understood that, with care and imagination, the mirror can infuse a space with complexity, richness and a bit of magic.”

Laura Britt, an American Society of Interior Design (ASID) member, from Austin, Texas, designed the winning residential application, a master bathroom. Britt described the renovation as follows.

“The master bathroom renovation transformed the existing cavernous space into a richly paneled and mirrored retreat more appropriately scaled for the space. Custom beveled mirrors create an interesting reveal around the perimeter of the vanity area, creating a reflective view of the space. Each mirror works to greatly enhance the expansiveness of the room. Surrounded by cherry cabinetry, the mirrors seem to glow. This effect is created by mounting the light fixtures directly on the mirror, which doubles the light output and highlights the intricate pattern of the mirror. The use of beveled seams breaks up the large piece of glass into an interesting pattern. The beveled edges of the mirrors mimic the raised panels in the cabinetry, while the buttons at the intersection of seams reflect not only the curves and arches in the space, but also the designer’s thoroughness in attention to detail.”

The entry was installed by Renaissance Glass in Austin, Texas, at a private residence in Westlake.

Adrian Naquin, an ASID member from Metairie, La., designed the winning commercial application, which was installed at Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro in Richmond, Va. Naquin described the application as follows. 

“Mirrors are important elements in many interior projects but become even more indispensable in restaurant projects. The use of peach/copper mirrors in this project allowed us to visually expand the space as well as allow patrons facing the wall to obtain a [see and be seen] position in what would be considered a bad seat if the use of mirrors were not employed. The mirror also allowed an elaborate glass mosaic mural to visually float within the space. The availability of a copper-toned mirror allowed for a better blend with the restaurant’s color scheme.”

The winning commercial entry was installed by Standard Building Co. Inc. headquartered in Rockledge, Fla.

All design awards finalist entries in each category are available to view at the Mirrorlink.org website. The two winners are featured on the website, and winners also received a cash prize. 

To gather additional information on mirror products, visit the Mirrorlink.org website for technical, design and installation specifics, along with basic care and cleaning instructions.

The Author:
Ashley M. Charest serves as the account executive for GANA, based in Topeka, Kan.

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