It's wonderful to be back in Chicago (my home city), and to visit a couple of companies which have an amazing history and reputation, but which I hadn't heard of before this experience. Today it was a trip to Skyline. Although it was a relatively short visit (compared to the multiple day trips I've become accustomed to recently) it was enough time to explore and get to know the company.
Skyline produces for anyone who is willing to pay for a premium product, more often hospitality, healthcare, and office environments, creating both interior and exterior pieces which range from accents, privacy screens, and attention grabbers. The production facilities are fascinating and extensive, contained within a large footprint which include many custom pieces of equipment which skyline have developed in a proprietary nature to continue to lead the way in all things glass. I don't have a huge experience with glass, especially not in this kind of architectural context. To see and begin to understand the process a piece of glass goes through when it comes through here really helped. Skyline, does everything (except floating the glass) but is sure to do it in an environmentally friendly manner, so it was also important to hear how they have tried to stay true to this and have adapted and changed their processes throughout time with this in mind.
Obviously one of the most important things to Skyline is light- and it was amazing to see how the environments they were able to create could play with light and transparency to create so many different situations. Another huge factor was texture, the four processes with which they are able to effect the glass allow them to create depth and tactility in a variety of different ways.
Overall it was amazing to see a company with such huge capabilities which was built from the ground up around an initial interest into a such a success just down the road from my house.