Color effect glass shimmers in new shades

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24 May 2011
Color effect glass shimmers in new shades

“Narima” special glass from SCHOTT now available in six different color combinations

Architects, artists and designers can rely on the shimmering color effect glass “Narima” from SCHOTT to create lively color impressions. After all, the color of this special-purpose glass varies in a rainbow-like manner depending on the viewing angle and how the sun is shining. The facade of the Bavarian State Opera’s rehearsal building in Munich provides but one example of how the glass is used. In this case, the Danish performance artist Olafur Eliasson used it in the primary color of green. From now on, the color effect glass “Narima” is also available in yellow, orange and light green.

“The huge interest that architects, artists, designers, glass processors and facade construction companies have been showing in ‘Narima’ convinced us to add this three more colors to our portfolio,” notes Matthias Anton, Product Manager for Architecture & Design at SCHOTT AG. “This means we are now able to offer our customers even more design possibilities,” he adds.

This effect is achieved as a result of the various ultra-thin, mainly metal oxide coating layers that are applied to a base glass plate during manufacturing with the dipping method. The characteristic rainbow effect results from the combination of highly refractive and low refractive layers. Besides, this coating is known to be scratch-proof and offers high chemical resistance. The dichroic color effect glass is available in formats of up to 3.77 x 1.77 meters and 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12 millimeters in thickness. It is generally used in facade or interior wall glazings, among other areas.

Until now, architects, designers and glass processors have been able to choose between three different color combinations. The blue/gold version produces a color transition that lies between blue and gold during reflection and looks blue during transmission. The color effect glass blue/green shimmers in colors between green and gold during reflection and between blue and green during transmission. “Narima” green varies between looking reddish, silver and gold during reflection, yet takes on a green appearance during transmission.

In addition, there is now also a yellow version with a color transition that ranges from reddish to bluish during reflection and yellow during transmission, a light green color effect glass with shades ranging between reddish, silver and gold during reflection, and light green during transmission. Finally “Narima” orange features color effects ranging from blue to silver during reflection and orange during transmission.

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