Bendheim Glass; Hand Blown Traditional Window Glass
Bendheim: A Fourth-Generation Family Business
When Sem and Margaret Bendheim opened their doors in 1927 in the lower East Side of New York as importers and distributors of fine antique and colored glass, it’s unlikely that they could have foreseen that they would be supplying glass to the White House, Mount Vernon, Monticello and the Statue of Liberty. Four generations later, Bendheim glass is still the leader and innovator in the glass industry.
Sem and Margaret Bendheim in front of the original Bendheim storefront at 16 Horatio Street, NYC. Courtesy of Bendheim
Restoration and Reproduction Glass for Windows and Mirrors
Restoration Glass® is Bendheim’s contribution to home and commercial restoration projects. The mouth-blown window glass is created with the “imperfections” – striations, waves, and bubbles – characteristic of traditional antique window glass produced between the 17th and 20th centuries, making this perfect for window restoration projects that require the look of old glass.
To learn more about Restoration GlassⓇsheets visit Bendheim’s website at www.restorationglass.com.
Standard Non-Safety Historic Glass cut to size is $27.36
Laminated Safety Historic Glass cut to size is $48.98
The glass is created in Germany by Glashütte Lamberts, a German company who are one of the few glass manufacturers in the world to produce the kind of mouth-blown glass Bendheim is known for. The process of making this product takes a highly-skilled, coordinated team of artisans to create each sheet of Restoration Glass.
Visual inspection of a sheet of Restoration Glass®. Courtesy of Bendheim
Today, the company is run by brothers Robert, Donald, and Steven Jayson. Sem and Margaret’s son-in-law and father of the Jayson brothers, Fred Jayson, is 97 years old and still goes to work every day to hand-cut glass and to continue to manage relationships with life-long partners and customers. The company welcomed its fourth generation when Robert’s son Ben joined the company in 2015.
Here’s a timeline of Bendheim’s expansion into the architectural glass market:
- In the mid-1970s, Sem and Margaret’s grandsons Robert, Donald, and Stephen Jayson took over the business from their father, Fred Jayson.
- In the late 1970’s, Bendheim recognized the need for glass suitable for restoration and reproduction work, and turned to life-long partners Glashütte Lamberts to bring it to market.
- Bendheim’s Architectural Glass division was founded in the early 1980s.
- Bendheim pioneered new tempering and lamination processes to transform hundreds of art glass varieties into first-of-their-kind safety decorative architectural glasses.
- In 1989, Bendheim opened the first architectural glass showroom in the United States in Tribeca, New York City.
- In 1997, Bendheim introduced the first sustainably-produced acid-etched glass to the US market.
- Bendheim’s Cabinet Glass division was founded in 2007 to introduce the first e-commerce website for cabinet glass door inserts and other small residential projects.
- In 2009, Bendheim introduced EcoGlass™, the first post-consumer recycled clear architectural glass, to the US market.
- In 2014, Bendheim introduced decorative glass rainscreen and ventilated façade systems, a first-of-their-kind in North America.
This feature was created in collaboration with Bendheim.