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Modern Stained Glass

by Grace Bonney

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Outside of beautiful cathedral windows, I feel like stained glass gets a bad rap. When it’s not done well, it can feel a bit dated, but I’ve so enjoyed watching contemporary artists and designers reinterpret this classic craft. From minimalist stained glass windows in the new Ace Hotel to light-filled glass homes on top of city buildings and hillsides, it’s hard to resist the colorful light that comes from stained glass. While it’s not the easiest craft to tackle on your own (without a few lessons and special tools), it’s a fun look to replicate using window films or colored plastic. Hopefully these 10 spaces will inspire you to consider a colorful panel or two at home, or just to visit some of these incredible spaces! [Image above, Ace Hotel Los Angeles Lobby. Photo by Bri Emery] xo, grace

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Image above: Solarium at Storm King, Photo by William Lamson

Click through for more examples of modern stained glass after the jump…

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Berlin Restaurant Window, photo by Rachel T Robertson

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Kaleidoscopic Watertower by Tom Fruin, via DesignBoom

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Armin Blasbichler’s home in South Tyrol, via Design*Sponge

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Steve Halterman’s modern stained glass eye, via Los Angeles Times

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Agate Stained Glass-Inspired Windows by Sigmar Polke, via 29RueHouse (via Paul Doolan)

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Gethsemane Lutheran Church by Olson Kundig Architect

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House Sculpture by Tom Fruin (via the Coolhunter)

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The Souk at Abu Dhabi Central Market (by Foster + Partners) via Dezeen

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Acid Modernism House by Doug Aitken via MocoLoco

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Miami Airport Installation by Christopher Janney (via Designboom)

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