Healthy, Green Design: Design with Recycled Glass

| 12/21/2010 9:12:02 AM

Stephanie Nickolson headshotStephanie Nickolson has designed residential, commercial and eco-conscious environments for more than 24 years. Her firm, Stephanie Nickolson Design, promotes the use of sustainable, non-toxic, recyclable and environmentally-friendly products and services. The firm works largely with clients who have allergies, chemical sensitivies or who have children with special needs. 

Ever since I was a young girl, I loved to look into kaleidoscopes and watch the different shapes and colors swirl around creating magical patterns. My love for color and pattern has carried over into the design arena, encompassing the use of glass and reusing it in many various forms.

recycled glass bathroom countertop 
Vetrazzo's Palladian Gray recycled glass countertop makes a durable bathroom counter. Photo By Joel Puliatti/Courtesy Vetrazzo. 

The recycled glass countertop shown above is offered by Vetrazzo and is one of their many product choices. It correlates so beautifully with the pale glass tiled backsplash. With so many recycled glass products available to consumers today, it’s a difficult task narrowing down to just a few selections when designing a room. I know this firsthand, as my kitchen has been my work-in-progress. Every time I zero in on a specific tile blend that I’d consider using for my backsplash, I find another option that I would consider. 

The Vetrazzo Story:

Each group of colored glass has its own “transformation” story, as the company suggests on its website. Examples of this include “Cobalt Sky,” made from Skyy vodka bottles, and “Bistro Green,” once bottles of sparkling water. Slight variations of each piece of glass adds to its inherent beauty, then it becomes repurposed and fabricated into your countertops and integrated into your kitchen. Thus begins a new chapter in the story.