Scandinavian Glass

My grandma has always been a massive design nerd, especially when it comes to finishes, fixtures and furnishings. She was a ‘home economics’ (what you’d now call ‘design and technology’ or something) lecturer at a teachers’ college, and made numerous trips to Denmark and Sweden to research and collect designer homewares.

Now she’s not so mobile, but still appreciates the minimalist aesthetic of Scandinavian design, with its liberal use of glass surfaces. I guess that’s why she’s been roping me into organising a reboot of her semi-outdoor staircase to ‘let in the view’ more, as she puts it. How can I say no? It’s a big call, though, given grandma’s design expertise and my relative cluelessness.

Anyway, that’s how I’ve found myself on the hunt for the most stylish glass balustrades Melbourne has to offer. Knowing grandma, there’s no point settling for anything less than the best… help a guy out? I need something that’s hard-wearing and made with top quality materials, preferably with a frameless effect and tasteful clamping plates.

I suppose the first thing to do would be to make a list of residential glazing companies. Melbourne has those in abundance, right? Then I can narrow it down to those that do custom balustrade installations, and perhaps let grandma make the final call from my shortlist. I know she’d love to be able to tackle the whole task herself, but her health doesn’t permit it.

She’s lucky to live in a light-filled home that’s adapted to suit her mobility requirements, and I can see why she wants to keep improving it – having an up-to-date living space and exercising her eye for beauty seems to keep her young. I could probably learn a thing or two from her aesthetic sensibilities, to be honest. She seems to notice things about a space that I would never pick up on.

Maybe I should go to the library and find a book on Scandinavian design to try and decode the look she might be going for before I start shortlisting glaziers.