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Making a stand

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Susan Minter has designed an elegant exhibition stand using glass panels with tinted resin interlayers, a process which imbues clear glass with intense and vibrant colour, of a quality similar to Venetian glass. The stand is a series of clear and tinted glass planes - as walls, table- tops and enclosures - unobtrusively combined with steel ladder frames. Its assembly is innovative: the glass panels are taped to the ladder frames in various combinations; they are transported to the exhibition and bolted together on site. The whole stand has to be erected in three days. It was designed in consultation with Tim Macfarlane of Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners.

Susan Minter trained as a furniture designer and worked with Citterio and Boeri in Milan and architectural practices in London before setting up her own consultancy, specialising in retail and domestic interiors, and show stands for fashion trade fairs.

The 160m2 stand, commissioned by Dupont to display its Tactel fibre, was erected at Premier Vision in Paris, the exhibition of fashion fabrics to the trade where designers go to choose fabrics for their collections.

The stand comprises three basic elements; panels of unframed glass; ladder frames of 25mm welded steel shss, and L-shaped sections of 25mm welded steel shss. The glass is permanently bonded with 3M tape to the steel ladder frames and sections; the assemblies are transported to site and bolted together where required. They are based on a 1200mm module so that different arrangements - such as a larger fabric room or an additional meeting room - can be made if required.

The stand walls are made of glass panels combined with ladder frames at right angles to form an indented wall; the combination of steel and glass gives structural stability and the resultant shapes act as alcoves for hanging displays or shelving. The glass panels and L-shaped sections are assembled to form tables, counters and worktop units.

The glass panels were laminated by taping two sheets of 8mm float glass along three sides and pouring the tinted resin between them. When set the taped edges were cut (to remove the tape) and polished - float glass rather than toughened glass was used so that they could be cut after lamination. The 17.5mm thick panels are strong enough to be self-supporting.



Susan Minter Design Consultancy


Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners


resin Butler Specialised Glass, glass Firmin, tape 3M

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