The innovative and ecological practices of the Brokis brand have led to the creation of BROKISGLASS, an entirely new and highly versatile material made of recycled glass shards. It brings a new dimension and aesthetic to glass and its application in architecture and construction as well as to interior and product design. Because BROKISGLASS panels comprise derivatives of glass leftover from the production of the Brokis premium lighting collections, they represent an ecological and efficient method of recycling glass shards.
The technology was developed in the Czech Republic at the Janštejn Glassworks, where the exclusive handblown glass lighting collections of the Brokis brand are crafted.
By manufacturing BROKISGLASS, the glassworks create a strategic circular economy that helps maintain a healthy relationship between nature and human society.
Glass derivatives and shards from the initial mould are crushed to the required size and then reshaped through controlled thermal exposure into a compact and resilient material with exceptional properties. The process gives rise to an innovative product – a material in the form of decorative large glass-crystalline panels marketed under the brand name BROKISGLASS. Its unique properties place it firmly within the broader spectrum of comparable building materials such as stone, ceramic, and synthetics.
Introducing the broad spectrum of uses of the material BROKISGLASS, which gives every project unmistakable character, be it furniture, lighting, interior accessories, or expansive applications in architecture
The variety of colours depends on the possibilities and composition of the molten glass being used in the glassworks. The customer can request:
- unconventional colour tones
- nonuniform surface decor, plain or a combination of multiple colours
- custom production
The standard thickness of the panels is 6 to 8 mm. The technology allows for the production of panels in sizes of 350 x 600 mm and 590 x 590 mm.
Other dimensions are achieved by cutting individual panels either horizontally or vertically with a diamond saw. Using diamond drill bits, holes of various sizes can be drilled anywhere in the panels according to customer requirements.
Modifications and surface finishes
– smooth surface after thermal exposure (no grinding or polishing)
– coarse surface, anti-slip
– finishing of cut edges
– bevelled edges to 2–3 mm
– pencil grind edges (“C” shape)
– non-right cuts and cutouts using unconventional methods (laser, waterjet)
– grinding various ornaments according to customer requirements using diamond instruments
– matte finishes
– exterior and interior cladding for various types of buildings
– illuminated exterior and interior cladding for various types of buildings
– interior fittings and garden architecture
– large-format artistic mosaics
– various decorative appointments
– exterior large-format building cladding using ventilated (and insulated) hanging systems or by gluing onto a solid base
– glassed-in outdoor spaces (atriums, pergolas, etc.), garden and cemetery architecture (garden tables, translucent dividing walls, grave markers)
– prefabricated systems with mechanical anchors on supporting structures (with invisible and visible fasteners)
– installation in frames
– gluing onto flat surfaces
– anchoring vertically and horizontally
– installation on insulated and ventilated cladding systems
– can be used as general interior cladding in common and technical spaces, offices, and flats – vertical and horizontal installation
– interior cladding for living spaces (kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, etc.)
– illuminated panels for living spaces (kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, etc.)
– interior cladding for industrial buildings (laboratories, spaces with exposure to aggressive chemicals
– food production facilities, veterinarian clinics, hospitals)
– important common spaces requiring indirect lighting (hotels, lobbies, passages)
Some of the most interesting spaces for BROKISGLASS are living and technical interiors featuring decorative or utility elements. The natural characteristics of the glass panels are particularly apparent in combinations with materials such as metal or wood.
The panels make it easy to maintain surfaces subjected to intensive wear. Because they don’t absorb odours, they are especially beneficial in common interior spaces. Another important architectonic aspect and advantage is the ability to create various background lighting compositions and patterns.