Inspiration: the mysteriously seductive reeded glass

Hi all. That’s me back from a month long break. I’m feeling refreshed and inspired. So what did I get up to? Was I skipping along a beach in Thailand? No. A city break to Paris? No. I was head down focusing on my Interior Design coursework and on the hunt for inspiration. You know the feeling when you see something so special that you just can’t stop thinking about it?

Well that was me with this mysteriously seductive glass – some call it fluted, others say reeded or ribbed, and I’ve even heard bevelled. Whatever you call it – this specialised glass is all about the intrigue, privacy, mystery and glamour all in one go.

It was hugely popular in the 50’s and 60’s and over the past few years has started to pop up everywhere from Milan to Mumbai from Sao Paulo to Sussex from New York to Melbourne. Get ready to be inspired.

Let’s start with doors. Make a big impact by adding depth to doors and dividing walls – leave everyone guessing what’s behind those stylish doors (and you don’t have to sacrifice light). It’s the perfect blend of industrial and sophisticated elegance. Move over critical, reeded glass is coming for you. Doors (clockwise) Plain English Design industrial frame x reeded glass wall; Gabriel Scott lighting in La Maison Gauthier; Oh so elegant arched doors at La Maison Gauthier by Atelier Barda ; Mowlem and Co sliding doors featured in LivingEtc; Mim Design Studio mixing black and brass reeded glass doors in the dining room.

It’s not just for doors. Add texture and interest to simple everyday shapes too – like glasses and vases. Ferm Living lust worthy line of glasses, carafes, and champagne glasses are perhaps what kicked off the resurgence of reeded glass. Every time I visit LifeStory in Edinburgh, I spend a good 5 minutes drooling over these beauties. One day they’ll be mine.

The high street has quickly followed with collections from H&M Home selling out within days that has perhaps sparked others into introducing lines too. Graham & Green blush glass and Cox & Cox tea lights.

Beyond home accessories, reeded-fluted-ribbed glass has always been prevalent in lighting. However it is now taking a more contemporary vibe vs its more traditional incarnations. Lighting (clockwise) Tom Kirk fluted coloured glass chandelier; Articolo Lighting scandal wall sconce ; CB2 striae brass and ribbed glass single pendant; RH Modern massenet brass wall sconce; Fritz Fryer hereford ribbed glass globe pendant.

Among all the shapes & forms, reeded glass is adding serious va-va-voom style in Kitchens, especially when paired with brass or steel. It softens the space compared to clear glass, it isn’t overly decorative and the best yet – it gives you a sneaky hint of what lays behind without being on full show. Kitchens designed by (clockwise) Amuneal in nude blush and brass; Decus Interiors in black and marble; Papilio Bespoke Kitchens in natural wood grain.

And let’s not forget the b-a-t-h-r-o-o-m-s. Wow. wow. wow.  Drench Showers created a dark, moody and luxurious space with their black border and reeded glass shower screen. On the lighter side, Quincoces-Drago designed this decadent Milan bath that was featured in Elle Decor Italia.

I hear ya, you are thinking all of these contemporary designs won’t work in your traditional home or eclectic home or coastal home or cottage vibe or period property? Wrong.  Here are a few examples of different styles. Swoon Interiors creates a rustic yet luxe traditional vibe; Cyndie Jerome creates a country estate vibe in Ontario; A seaside retreat as seen in Better Homes & Gardens.

If that wasn’t enough, check out these Instagrammers using reeded-fluted-ribbed-bevelled glass in their recent home projects. Clockwise – Full on Glamour with pink & blush in the kitchen of  TheHouseThatBlackBuilt; Rustic Scandi vibes in the lounge of AshlingRose; LukeArthurWells (who recently did up his home office as part of RevampRestyleReveal) adds a touch of reeded glass in the bedroom; Reeded glass is a lovely addition in the external bathroom window of TheHousePotNoodlesBuilt; Marvelous monochrome minimalist vibes in the dining space of PeaceandJam1; and NicholasWorley uses a reeded glass & steel wall to create an Industrial vibe.

So that’s a wrap on some mid-week Inspiration. Thank you for allowing me to share my obsession with the oh so sexy reeded glass. I’m interested in your thoughts, so please share. Are you using reeded glass in your next project? Do you love it – hate it? Do you think this trend is here to stay or just a passing fad?




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