Go Glass were pleased to work with Garden designer Jade Goto and Garden House Design to apply our glass design skills to supply the glass botanical perfumery and planters for the Silver Gilt medal winner at Hampton Court Flower show 2016 sponsored by Crabtree and Evelyn.

Our designer Clive Sparkes says:

“Following our success at ‘Grand Designs Live’ we were commissioned to design two modular glass buildings which could be erected and dismantled for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Each structure weighed 400kg. Using 12mm Toughened Glass for the walls and 18mm Toughened Laminated for the roof, all held together with copper sprayed stainless steel clamps. Secured in place using a balustrade base shoe system hidden from sight by the black decking.”

Crabtree and Evelyn display at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 with Go Glass frameless enclosure
Crabtree and Evelyn display at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 with Go Glass frameless enclosure 2
Crabtree and Evelyn display at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 with Go Glass frameless enclosure 3
Crabtree and Evelyn display at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 with Go Glass frameless enclosure 4

UV bonding is a sophisticated technique used in the fabrication of glass furniture and displays, which involves the use of Ultraviolet (UV) light to cure a special adhesive that bonds glass panels together. This method allows for the creation of strong, virtually invisible joints between pieces of glass, resulting in a seamless and clean aesthetic that is highly valued in modern interior design, retail displays, and architectural applications. Here’s how UV bonding works and its application in making glass displays:

How UV Bonding Works

  1. Preparation: The glass surfaces to be bonded are meticulously cleaned and prepared to ensure they are free of any contaminants, dust, or grease. This step is crucial for achieving a strong bond and a clear finish.
  2. Application of UV Adhesive: A special UV-curable adhesive is applied to one of the glass surfaces. This adhesive is designed to remain liquid until exposed to UV light, allowing for adjustments and positioning of the glass pieces.
  3. Positioning and Alignment: The glass pieces are carefully positioned and aligned according to the design specifications. The liquid state of the adhesive at this stage allows for some repositioning if necessary.
  4. Curing with UV Light: Once the glass pieces are correctly aligned, the UV adhesive is exposed to ultraviolet light. The UV light triggers a chemical reaction in the adhesive, causing it to harden and bond the glass pieces together rapidly. The curing process can take from a few seconds to several minutes, depending on the adhesive and the size of the bond area.
  5. Final Inspection and Cleaning: After curing, the bonded glass assembly is inspected for any excess adhesive, which is then cleaned off. The final product is a clear, strong bond that is often stronger than the glass itself.

Applications in Glass Displays

Advantages of UV Bonding

UV bonding is a revolutionary technique that has expanded the possibilities for glass design, allowing for the creation of stunning, durable, and innovative glass displays and furniture that blend seamlessly into modern spaces.