Glass art has a long tradition on Mallorca. Phoenician sailors from North Africa began with the colonisation of Mallorca´s coastal areas in the second century BC – and for the first time introduced furnaces on the island. It is unknown how the Phoenicians had discovered the secret of making glass from quartz sand and soda – the two main components of a mixture treated to temperatures of 1,500 degrees Celsius.
It is sure, however, that they handed over their furnaces and knowledge of their craft to the Romans. These new emperors in turn perfected the manufacture of glass on the island during their nearly 600 years of occupation. In the meantime local people had been looking over the Romans´ shoulders.
Several centuries passed, while the Mallorcans manufactured more and more glass. This fervour is even supposed to have led to rulers in the 14th century deciding to ban the practice of the craft temporarily. More than 50 per cent of the island´s trees had already been cut for firing the furnaces. Despite the medieval industry ban, the Mallorcans became true luminaries in the manufacture of glass items.
Until the mid 17th century, Mallorcan glass art had gained an excellent reputation at home and abroad. The best example of Mallorca’s glass heyday at that time was the world-famous ‘Rose Window’ in Palma’s cathedral, of course. Despite having been made a long time ago, it still bathes the interior of the church with sunshine in a magical, colourful light. But this is part of history.
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However, in the architecture of the average Mallorcan homeowner, glass continues to play a minor role. The reason sounds obvious at first glance: glass windows or doors – especially in summer – mean pure heat inside. And everyone here wants the heat to stay out. But given modern air-conditioning facilities and sophisticated house ventilation techniques, glass is ‘en vogue’ as a building material in the 21st century.
“Glass is a plus to living and quality of life. Even locals more and more recognize the fact,” says Silke Lebelt-Holm, associate of glazier Mucha‘s Cristales in Andratx.
She and her husband Torsten Holm, along with business partner Jörg Szabadi, have been marketing glass as a translucent building material for interior and exterior furnishing for ten years on Mallorca: for houses, flats, apartments, town and village houses, restaurants, bars and public buildings.
“Glass has many uses in and around the house. For glass railings and balustrades, frameless glazing of terrace and bar, all-glass door systems and partitioning systems, glass showers, bath screens and mirrors,” says Silke, revealing the broad range of possibilities.
Unlike other glaziers on the island, Mucha’s Cristales specializes in individual solutions in glass-building architecture. “We do not offer pre-installation or conversion concepts, but deal with all orders accurately according to the ideas of our customers.”
References include, for example, the renowned hair salon Felix Hair in Palma, whose elegant portal glazing were all carried out by the German glazier.
International customers on the island mainly include homeowners, who are looking for transparency – in the truest sense of the word.
“Through the use of glass elements in the house one gains a better use of space. Outside on the terrace glazing also ensures a transparent and aesthetically pleasing wind and weather protection or protection against dust and pollen load,” says Silke.
In addition to the technical know-how of her husband, who had been working for many years as a glazier in Germany before moving to the island, the company also uses high-quality materials from sub-contractors from the Spanish mainland and Germany, e.g. Klimaflex. The company has considerable success, as Silke confirms without a hint of arrogance.
Mucha‘s Cristales will share the celebrations for their ten-year-anniversary on the island – with people who are not so lucky in life. The company currently supports German rock star Peter Maffay´s Mallorcan foundation, which benefits traumatized children, with a very special donation: From each invoice issued this year, 20 euros go to the Peter Maffay Foundation.
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