A Bright Idea.

Published on 12th March 2014
The history of architecture and interior design is practically peppered with bright ideas. At Apropos the window, obviously, is one of our favourites. It lets the light in while keeping the weather out, and while a good brick wall could perform the latter, it has its doesn’t stand a chance with the former.  We need light in our lives, we do; it makes us happy, it keeps us healthy and it is far more effective at improving the eyesight than even the juiciest bunch of carrots. We love the window; it lights up our lives – literally.

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Although the word ‘window’ comes from the Old Norse ‘vindauga’, meaning ‘wind eye’, the earliest glazed example so far discovered dates back to somewhere between the 1st and 4th century A.D. and belonged to a frightfully important Roman – although we no longer know quite why he was so important, only that he was important enough to own glass – and that’s good enough for us!

They never missed a trick, those Romans; they knew a bright idea when they saw one, and the ability to illuminate their homes without recourse to fire in the day time must have seemed like a very bright idea indeed. Imagine how they’d feel then, if introduced to a modern British home. The electricity would wow them, the decor would probably appal them, television, computers and the internet would take their Roman breath away and the windows; by the windows we think they’d be entranced.

There are so many ways to use glass in the modern home to help let in the light. Yes, we have windows in every room, but we also have glazed curtain walling, skylights, conservatories, orangeries, doors that fold and slide, and some of us even have atriums. And our glass isn’t just clearer and brighter than anything the Roman’s could even dream of; it’s thermally impressive too, preventing fluctuations in internal temperature regardless of the weather. Some of it is tinted, some of it cleans itself (Pilkington Activ), some of it is fire retardant (Pyrocet) and Switch Glass can move from clear to opaque. Glass is a modern masterpiece and when crafted by Apropos it can become miraculous.

But why do we need natural light in our homes? Apart from the fact that, as the Roman’s knew, it’s as convenient as it is attractive, it’s also good for our health. Natural light delivers Vitamin D, helping to prevent rickets and other health problems. It boosts melatonin, keeping us happy, regulating our circadian rhythms and providing antioxidant protection. Natural light exposure also reduces the risk of near-sightedness… Perhaps both physically and metaphorically!

Who invented fire? Some bright spark.

Who invented aluminium-framed glass architecture? Apropos. It started in 1938, and we’ve been brightening your lives ever since.

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