Viraver is writing a new page in the history of glass with a sartorial product cut and curved to measure to meet the new demands of modern design in the nautical industry
by Rebecca Gentilini
Glass is the one element that more than any other has changed the way we design boats today. In the past, only the small portholes in the topside and small windows were responsible for filtering light into the interior of a yacht. The relative fragility of the glass, however, did not make it possible to design excessively large transparent surfaces. But then came a technology that entirely revolutionized the industry.
Today, glass is one of the materials that physicists and chemists are conducting most research on to obtain new and better performances. They have succeeded in transforming one of the most delicate materials into a material that resists bullets and blows with bats. Now they are trying to create types of glass with entirely innovative performances by giving it surprising qualities.
Some companies in Italy, like Viraver, have interpreted this progress in an original key. «Glass is matter and there is nothing more fascinating than a material which man can shape. The first use of glass dates back to the third millennium b.c.», says Ennio Mazzarolo, founder and President of Viraver.
«The history behind its discovery has always fascinated me and Viraver was created to take this spirit of discovery, and the passion that fed it, into the new millennium. Today the company is investing more than ever in innovation and quality, not only in products and machinery but also and most importantly in the people who contribute to the growth of Viraver».
Elegant, sinuous, full of reflections and shine, glass can boast highly seductive features, especially when yacht designers create new shapes with it that have never been seen in the nautical industry.
Glass becomes a dynamic element in the stylistic language of designers who have adopted this material in their new creations as a key functional element in their creative process.
In the case of Viraver, the evolution of the transformation of glass can be ascribed to the company’s enforcement of innovative processes and of a long-term vision that welcomes investments in new technologies.
Investments, which can only consolidate and support the company’s avant-garde vision. We will never be able to push ourselves to find innovative solutions in the future if we cannot count on an in-depth knowledge and expert management of the product’s limitations and critical points. In this view, Viraver has also chosen to invest on new machinery and equipment, which have allowed this Italian company to position itself as a global leader in the production of the largest chemically toughened plate glass in the world: 8 by 3.21 metres.
Viraver’s technologies make it possible to create new and original solutions in structural design, which, thanks to curvatures in three dimensions, allow the company to create large-size glass plates with a clear reference to automotive applications. Fire-resistant glass without gel, perfectly combine safety demands with design, and grant higher transparency and optical qualities.
Viraver produces bulletproof glass, which is a new element demanded for some superyachts, with a reduction in weight of up to 40%. Other technologies and applications include heated glass, anti-slip glass, screen-printed glass, glass shielding electromagnetic emissions. In the hands of Viraver, glass becomes the fabric of a skilled tailor who knowingly sows a garment to measure to perfectly dress the body of his client. This is how Viraver’s technology embraces quality, which is triggered by research and by the use of cutting-edge solutions that guarantee that level of excellence that “sartorial” nautical design – and not only – requires today.
(Viraver, technological transpariences – Barchemagazine.com – Ottobre 2018)