Modern and Contemporary Stained Glass

Modern and Contemporary stained glass includes clean, abstract designs that use the glass’s transparency, opaqueness, colour, vibrancy and texture to make a subtle or strong impact on interior design.


Uses of Modern and Contemporary Stained Glass.

Along with installing contemporary stained glass into windows, skylights, doors, furniture and free-standing or wall mounted lamps, contemporary architecture also provides the possibility for stained glass to play a more structural role in interior design, with the possibility of creating screens or even illuminated glass walls.

Recently we worked for the interrior design for a hair saloon of Rome, you can see here the modern windows we have created.


IKO Studio’s follows the traditional time tested methods of creating stained glass, and it marries the skills of hand selecting the most appropriate glass, with modern, experimental painting techniques that add new layers of texture and detail that compliment the clean, modern designs. We design by hand, hand select every individual piece of glass, for its colour and texture. We hand-cut them with diamond wheels, grind to fit together perfectly and all paints, enamels and stains are kiln fired, bonding them permanently to the glass. The pieces of glass are then woven together with lead strips of various thickness, which compliment the design. Unlike traditional designs where the lead is hidden within the picture, in contemporary stained glass patterns the lead lines provide clean, elegant lines that are visible and compliment the contemporary design. The glass paint (grisaille) is used much more experimentally, and sometimes we print on the glass, using different techniques, to achieve stunning, layering effects and textures. We can also use rich decorative inserts within the modern glass designs to contrast with the clean lines. Finally the glass is cemented and cleaned making it weather resistant for up to 100 years.

Learn more about the tecnique

IKO studio prides itself to attention to detail and so, our windows look as beautiful close up as they do from a distance. We use mouth blown glass, where possible, this contains bubbles, streaks and imperfections which give a rich texture for transparent areas of the design.


Bubbles trapped in mouth-blown glass

The Design Process.

Following a careful conversation with our clients where we share our expertise, listen to their ideas and take into consideration the environment in which the stained glass will be exhibited, we produce some initial sketches, or work to a design provided by the client. Following this a scaled, hand-drawn design, including the this is then coloured with water-coloured paints to give an indication of the colour pallet that will be used. This design is referred to as the cartoon. We indicate the lead-lines on the cartoon, these are of particular importance in contemporary and modern stained glass as often they form an integral part of the design.

Once the design is approved, the cartoon is enlarged to 1:1 scale and the glass is carefully selected, cut, ground, painted and fired.

As each design is done by hand and can take 1-2 days to complete, we like to get the design correct the first time around. We have an extensive library of past works and designs, as well as examples of contemporary and modern designs by some of stained glass’s most prestigious masters, from which our clients are helped to draw inspiration. However, each design is unique, we never copy or re-use designs.

Keeping you informed

During the creation of the stained glass, we take photographs of the work in progress and send them to our clients, and then of course, prior to shipping and installation, a photograph of the finished glass in its full glory is taken.

We are experienced at working to deadlines, and always deliver either on-time or before the deadline. We are always on-budget.


Once the stained glass has been transported to its final location, we are happy to install it, or work with your team, to supervise and support its installation.

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