1. Where is your glass blown?
Murano, Italy. In 1992, CX Design firmly established their relationship with the second generation-owned Murano glass factory. The skills of these master glassblowers remain unsurpassed. Even now, after hundreds of years since its glory days, Venetian glass is still highly desired for the excellence in its design and execution.
2. What is Scavo glass?
Translated from Italian, Scavo literally means, excavated. It seems appropriate that the word is used to describe a style of glass that has a subtly weathered finish, making treated objects resemble unearthed artifacts. Scavo is one of the techniques that was developed and mastered by the glass blowers of Murano. The look is achieved by an age-old process: after the glass is blown, but still hot, it is quickly dipped into a mixture of minerals, ash and fine sand. Because each step is done by hand, no two pieces are exactly alike.
3. What is Cristallo glass?
In Venetian glass production, Cristallo is transparent, uniform and absolutely colorless glass. In the middle of the fifteenth century, Murano glassblowers invented a pure and colorless glass, which they called Cristallo and was later imitated in other European countries. In contrast with Nordic crystal, which has a concentration of lead oxide and must be subject to strict controls because of the fumes deriving from its fusion and its waste disposal, Murano Cristallo is a sodic-calcic glass whose principal components, aside from silica, are sodium oxide and calcium oxide. Murano has always remained faithful to sodic cristallo because it is safer to work with and more suitable for the artistic techniques the Murano glassblowers favor.
4. What is Milk White glass?
Milk White Glass, Bianco Latte or Lattimo as it is called in Italian, is an opaque white milky glass, invented around 1450 on Murano, using a compound of lead and tin as opaquing agents its purpose was to imitate the first Chinese porcelain to arrive in Venice. Today the opaquing agents are tiny crystals of calcium fluoride and sodium which separate from the molten glass during the cooling; the higher the concentration of zinc oxide in the mixture the more homogeneous the glass. The spare, utilitarian quality of this material lends itself well for use in illumination because its wonderful light diffusing properties.
5. What is a Glass diffuser?
A glass diffuser is any shade used to incase the lightbulb(s) and is used to diffuse the light.
6. Do you have glass color samples?
Yes. Please call 212.431.4242 in New York, toll free 888.431.4242, or email at email@example.com or fax 212.431.4286 your request for the specific color sample(s) that you would like to receive.
7. Where are your fixtures assembled
In New York City, USA
8. Do you have a showroom?Our showroom is located in Soho at 304 Hudson Street 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10013. To make an appointment, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us: 212.431.4242 in New York, toll free 888.431.4242.
9. Do you offer custom work?
Yes. Our custom capabilities range depending on the needs and scope of the project. We encourage you to consider the range of custom mounting options that are available and can achieve unique lighting solutions. Customizing the glass diffusers is another possibility however this will incur longer lead times and higher prototyping fees.
10. Are the fixtures UL listed?
Yes. Our fixtures UL and CUL approved for USA and Canada and are suitable for dry and damp locations.
11. How do I clean the glass?
All of our glass diffusers are exceedingly durable and we recommend regular gentle dusting. If necessary, they may be cleaned with a mild cleanser and a soft cloth without damaging the glass.
12. What are CX Design's environmental policies and practices?We recycle and reuse all packing materials that we receive in shipments. In order to ship glass safely and effectively, it is necessary to use packing peanuts and bubble wrap, however, we urge the consumer to reuse these or to contact their local recycling center for proper disposal of these materials.
Compact fluorescents are compatible with the majority of lighting products in our line.
Our factory in Murano, Italy blows only lead-free glass and complies with the European Environmental Agency’s (EEA) strict environmental laws. The EEA and the Italian government have enacted a variety of stringent laws to protect the environment that encompass protecting the soil, water, and air from pollutants. Any factory that does not comply with these regulations will be closed down.
CX Design in New York in collaboration with their glass factory in Murano meet fair labor practices.
Non-toxic finishes are used throughout all aspects of manufacturing.