“Authenticity” and “handcrafted” are consumer buzz words that encompass everything from small-batch breweries and beers to the mission statements of big corporations. In architecture, these words tie in to design, connectivity with clients, and what is specified in homes. Specifying authentically handcrafted materials, including those for luxury, high-performing windows, harkens back to the Arts and Crafts Movement and speaks to a contemporary generation of clients that prefer one-of-a-kind objects to those that are mass produced. Luxury, handcrafted windows lend themselves to form, function, and the specific needs of exacting clients, as well as to the creation of durable, timeless structures.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the origins of the Arts and Crafts Movement, including the influence of John Ruskin, William Morris, Frank Lloyd Wright, and others, its return as a modern trend, and how it advocated for the wellbeing of homeowners and occupants through material selection and design.
  • Assess the impact of Industrial and Technological Revolutions and the ways in which they influence consumers’ desires for handcrafted goods, authenticity, and connectedness, particularly in the luxury market.
  • Discover how luxury handcrafted windows provide higher performing, more sustainable fenestration solutions for discerning architects and their clients.
  • Describe the important elements of handcrafted windows; how they are manufactured for safety, performance, and durability; and how they can.

Pre-requisite: None.