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In Process

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013


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Happy New Year 2013

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Reflecting back on 2012, it was a good year for the Solarium Design Group. We built our largest residential dome at 22’dia and 6’ht, it was roomy enough for the entire staff to enjoy lunch inside. We purchased our building, and celebrated by building a deck out front with the help of Mike our summer intern an Architecture student from Syracuse University. Continued to expand our reach into the International market, with a custom dome built and shipped to the UAE. You should also be able to see us on TV this year, we have done some window restoration work for Damon Bennetts’ pilot Damon Bennett Restoration Co. to air on HGTV Canada.

Looking ahead to 2013, we are busily working on another impressive commercial project in Montreal, a raised racetrack oval 38′ in length. As well as putting the finishing touches on a pair of domes headed for Texas at the end of the month.

2013 will be memorable.


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5′ Dome Ready To Go

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

5’dia Dome w/ a 16″ Rise

Please Contact us for pricing.

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Process: Cutting Out

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

When assembling multiple panels, all of the glass pieces are cut by hand on top of the hand drawn pattern and next stacked one atop the other. (right side) Once all cut, the leading begins right on top of the pattern.

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The New Year is Colorful

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

We are building another colorful dome. This is the first panel of a 9′ dia dome, designed by Mark Thompson. The unexpected golden hues in the background are set off by sunlight passing through white opalescent glass. Gentle light modulation throughout the day and season will create an ever changing visual.

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Welcome Andrea!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

I’ve been a bit remiss about this announcement nevertheless… without further delay…. we are thrilled to have Andrea working in our studio! She has adapted her technique to build on a curved form and transferred her previous experience with copper foil to working with lead came, all without missing a beat. Also like our multi talented group of artisans she is an artist in her own right; creating fused glass jewellery pieces among other items. Welcome Andrea!


Pictured below are some new dome centres, and mini dome lenses.



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Leaded Glass Dome Centre

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

A very detailed Leaded Glass Centre for a Leaded Glass Dome.

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Progress on a 6’dia Dome

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Tiffany built his unforgettable lampshades on curved forms as we do today, only on a larger scale. Our wood forms are much larger and made by hand to match the radius of each dome frame. In the tradition of lead caming, all pieces are cut by hand, wrapped with lead and then soldered together.

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Dreaming in French

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

We are growing a secret garden in the studio, set to bloom for a spring opening of a French Bistro in Toronto’s Yorkville.

Our garden themed ceiling at 20’x30′ will be a feature not only delightful to diners but also visible from the street. On closer inspection the garden theme can be seen growing from a centre inverted dome winding out to the perimeter, telling a story of new growth and transformation with butterflies and cocoons disguised in the tangle. All rendered in contrasting colours with counterpoints for balance, a colour scape inspired by some of Pissaro’s more vibrant work.

Pictured below is the final design and colour direction, created up by one of our very talented artists.

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On the Beach!

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

We’re now in the design phase for our second dome installation in Los Angeles, CA.  Stayed tuned for pics as that project developes.

Here’s an image of the partially assembled (now complete) 10′ diameter dome for Eddie Kesky Construction‘s custom home in an LA suburb.

On it's way to LA!