From coastal California homes to Pulino’s restaurant in the Bowery district of Manhattan, vintage chicken wire glass is being used as a design element in a number of creative and unique ways.
Originally manufactured to provide durability, stability, and security to industrial or commercial buildings such as schools and fire stations, this industrial-grade glass has a network of wire molded into it, making it strong and shatter-resistant.
In addition, the variety of netting shapes and glass textures make the chicken wire a versatile design choice, especially if you want to evoke a nostalgic feel or country theme in your home. Choose from clear, textured, pebbled or hammered glass and a wormy, square or hexagonal netting design.
Savvy homeowners are using this glass in almost every room of the house. Whether your style is Country French, Classic White or Modern/Industrial, you can create a one-of-a-kind custom kitchen using chicken wire glass. Show off your crystal or copper cookware by replacing solid cupboard doors with glass. Design an open and airy pantry with chicken wire glass doors. The effect works well on curio hutches and china cabinets in the dining room too.
starbucks2Carry the look into the living room, family room or office. Protect your books, TV, stereo equipment and keepsake decorative items by using chicken wire glass doors on your shelves. The wine cellar is a natural for this beautiful glass.
And think about adding chicken wire glass doors to the cabinet above the bathroom toilet.
To let light into your home while sustaining privacy, consider using chicken wire glass on your French doors or skylights. This type of glass is a sturdy and wise choice for patio or balcony enclosures. We’ve even seen a vintage barn that incorporated chicken wire glass doors.
On the commercial side, Starbucks in New York City uses chicken wire glass panels as space dividers. Cata Restaurant in Manhattan’s Lower East Side features a patchwork of chicken wire glass textures in their exterior windows, while The Arlington Club on the Upper East Side has an atrium skylight and soffit above the bar made with pebbled chicken wire glass.
The Acqua Al 2 restaurant in Washington, D.C., uses hammered chicken wire glass to cover storage areas. Its casement windows are also made from a patchwork of chicken wire glass of various textures.
One Manhattan apartment created a canopy with salvaged corrugated chicken wire glass, while the Diane von Fustenburg showroom designed an unusual awning with corrugated chicken wire glass retrieved from the Philadelphia Naval yard.
Ready to try some in your next renovation or building project? Olde Good Things carries a wide variety of vintage chicken wire glass: clear, pebbled, hammered, ribbed, wormy square, aqua pebbled or textured. We can cut your order to size. A cutting fee may be applicable depending on the order size. Samples are available upon request.
Things to know about ordering vintage glass:
• The wire twists in chicken wire glass run top to bottom, the direction of the height. When requesting a quote please provide your dimensions as width x height.
• With all our glass products, we can do cut-outs, drill holes and cut to your template patterns. Templates must be provided in a rigged material.
• All our glass is reclaimed vintage material, and most have been used, so expect signs of age from exposure to weather and use.
• Minimum order $300.
Samples are available.