The Art of Furniture

Charleston Forge has a long history of hand-building beautiful, high quality, steel, wood, and leather furniture. We have an extensive catalog of products and do a large amount of custom work and have built product for retailers such as Room & Board, Restoration Hardware, Crate & Barrel and Bloomingdales, Starbucks, just to name a few.

Glass Top Options

Charleston Forge - Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Fusion Glass crates a contemporary and visually stunning design in furniture; also it is durable and easy to clean.  After cooling down, the pieces are then permanently joined together.  Fusion glass is crafted by the laminated together four pieces of ultra-clear glass and polishing down the edges.  At certain temperatures, glass tends to melt.  When two or more separate pieces are placed together inside a hot kiln, these pieces soften and then meld together. 

Facet Glass is created by laminating a ½” sheet of glass between two even thinner pieces and making a single 5/8” thick sheet.  Once the three pieces are joined, the middle sheet is intentionally shattered with a precise blow. The crackled effect makes a stunning, three dimensional effect allowing the shards of glass to catch the light from every angle.

Cast glass is exactly what its name suggests — glass that when molten was poured into a mold and allowed to cool slowly and solidify. The end result is that each top is a one-of-a-kind piece of art featuring a unique mixture of swirls and ripples both on the surface as well as inside the glass itself. Bubbles, as well as areas of varying opacity and cloudiness and even tint, are also abundant inside the 1-inch thick tops. 

The result is that while all tops share a basic look, no two are alike and may vary from each other significantly.

Like the hand-hammered steel used in many of our table bases, their organic nature means they catch the light far more and thus vary in appearance as lighting conditions and direction change.

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