Royal Shell Plastics Laboratory, Delft, the Netherlands
Glass Appliqué Window

The Source

This commission dates back to the sixties when synthetic materials were rapidly developed and coloured glass mosaic and appliqué windows became very much in vogue. The new glues being developed were strong and transparent and had lasting grip on even the smoothest surfaces.

When the director’s room of Shell laboratory in Delft had to be redecorated, a glass appliqué was considered prudent. A large window by Jan Hierck executed in the popular technique was already in place in the hallway of the same building. It was a public secret however that he had had the beautiful transparent ICI glue to his disposal.

When it was my turn it was imperative that Shell glue should be used. At that time only the Shell Epikote was available, not suitable for this glass-art because of its dark yellow colour. The people in the lab were going to help me out and mix me a glassy transparent glue by mixing small quantities of two components every time I was ready to secure a few pieces of cut glass. It was fun. So primitive. What delightful days to remember!

The design alludes to an abstract version of a spontaneous oil-well.

I could not resist to add this old, totally discoloured image. The window is no longer there, but I am proud and also grateful that Shell entrusted me the designing and execution of this project.

Annemarie Han-Schooneveldt

Dimensions: 4 " x 8 "