During this period of suspended, fragile time, in which our contact with objects and people is cautious while our need to share spaces, products and experiences is becoming increasingly urgent, design has the power to come up with simple but intelligent, creative but effective solutions in a bid to retrieve that everyday quality that we’ve missed. It achieves this particularly through one of the most ancestral materials known to man: glass, which with its protective abilities and its evocative soul, manages to relativise the concepts of proximity and distance. Social distancing, which we still need to observe, is made easier with see-through surfaces that are most refractory to the virus (and therefore more hygienic), high-performance (in terms of heat resistance, ageing and aesthetic “decay”), waterproof, easy to clean, ecological and “circular” (glass is almost infinitely recyclable). However, the light-permeable transparencies, the fluidity and the “crystallised” dynamism, the complex processes and colourings of glass are not just harnessed for screens, partition systems, doors, walls, room dividers and shielding solutions, but are at the service of furnishing tout court. A great many companies and designers have made glass their preferred medium, giving endless shape to the (magical) beauty of the alchemy between sand, fire and air every day.
Glas Italia and Piero Lissoni have just unveiled Sherazade Spin, a vertical pivoting glass panel that lends itself to a great variety of design and decorative solutions. The stop-free door always has a bidirectional opening and is available with a central or off-centre pivot. Two or more panels can be put together to configure partitions that open fully or partially, and the perfect alignment of the panels is guaranteed by a magnetic system.