Trend Alert: Fluted Glass for Just-Enough Transparency

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Admired of late: the use of fluted glass to create the perfect balance between visibility and privacy. Identifiable by its vertical grooves—and also known as reeded or ribbed glass—this old favorite is being put to both familiar and new applications particularly in kitchens and baths. Here are 10 standout examples.

Fluted Glass in Kitchen Cabinets, Windows, and Doors

holte studio ikea hack kitchen belonging to lena de casparis and scott o'donnel 0 Above: A ribbed window offers a glimpse into the pantry—but doesn’t require flawless displays—in Lena De Casparis and Scott O’Donnell’s East London kitchen by Hølte Studio: see A Creative Couple’s Ikea Hack in Black and White, Tiled Pantry Included. Photograph by Beth Davis, courtesy of Hølte. remodeled flat in barcelona by conti, cert. 1_125 Above: When light is desired but the view is of the building next door, fluted glass is a good idea—as shown in this Conti, Cert remodel in Barcelona: A Cramped Apartment Becomes a ‘Warm and Cozy Home’ for a Couple with Young Kids. Photograph by Claudia Mauriño, courtesy of Conti, Cert. cararra marble topped kitchen island by kvänum of sweden. 2 Above: In a Hushed Old-World Design by Kvänum of Sweden, the built-in display cabinet has reeded glass doors with recessed bronze handles. Photograph courtesy of Kvänum. nickey kehoe designed nyc loft. haris kenjar photo. 3 Above: Nickey Kehoe upgraded an existing kitchen display cabinet by adding reeded glass and wallpaper in their LA Glamorous Downtown NYC Loft. For similar storage, see Remodelista Reconnaissance: Fluted Glass Display Cabinets, High and Low Edition. Haris Kenjar photograph, courtesy of Nickey Kehoe. pantry of martina casonato london house via the venetian pantry 4 Above: A pantry with  fluted glass doors takes center stage in graphic designer Martina Casonato’s London kitchen: ““Once we found a place for the pantry in the new design, everything else flowed from there,” Martina says. See our Kitchen of the Week: The Venetian Pantry’s Redone Victorian. Photograph courtesy of Martina Casonato. inglis hall designed mill house kitchen in east sussex. 5 Above: Reeded glass divides the kitchen from the mud room in this Inglis Hall-Designed Country Kitchen for a Vegan Family in East Sussex. Photograph courtesy of Inglis Hall.

Fluted Glass for Privacy in Bathrooms

tonal terrace by bradley van der straeten architects, photo by french + tye, ba 6 Above: Fluted glass in the window and shower of a color-drenched bathroom by Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects: see A Vibrant London Townhouse for an Actor and a Cinematographer. Photograph by French and Tye, courtesy of Bradley Van Der Straeten. tonal terrace by bradley van der straeten architects, photo by french + tye, ba 7 Above: A sunny bath with reeded privacy glass in the same Tonal Terrace project shown above. Photograph by French and Tye, courtesy of Bradley Van Der Straeten. brooklyn townhouse remodel, a collaboration between studio oink and hatchet. ma 8 Above: Fluted glass in a Brooklyn townhouse—a collaboration between Studio Oink of Leipzig, Germany, and Brooklyn design-build firm Hatchet—serves as a fixed-in-place shower splash guard: the glass lets light through and provides privacy while making the compact space feel bigger. For a full tour of the project, go to An International Affair. Photograph by Matthew Williams, courtesy of Studio Oink. sarah brown interiors london bathroom design with iroko wood and reeded glass.  9 Above: Spotted @sarahbrowninteriors: a reeded glass partition in a memorable green (The Little Greene Paint Company’s Hopper) in an en-suite London bathroom. Photograph by Rachel Smith Photography, courtesy of Sarah Brown Interiors.

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