Markerboard or Modern Art?
Clarus Glassboards is revolutionizing how we communicate with visual display systems. As a leading manufacturer of innovative glass markerboards and architectural systems, Clarus continually develops cutting-edge products and technologies to bring real-life solutions to the marketplace.
Laura Chancellor interviewed Andy Philipp, one of the founders of the company, while at the Clarus office and factory located in Fort Worth, Texas and got an in-depth view of the company.
Where did you get the name Clarus?
+ It means ‘clear’ in Latin.
Of all the places in the United States, why Texas?
+ Texas and the area is a hotbed for float plants, where they manufacture the actual glass. Texas/DFW is also home to a lot of up-and-coming design.
Do you get all the glass from these local float plants?
+ Our glass does come from the U.S. It is sent outside the U.S. to be etched and frosted, but it is important for designers to know it is made in the USA.
It’s fantastic that Clarus is so local and close. Do you have a big market in other parts of the US?
+ There are reps in all major cities and regions in the U.S., and in Canada. Clarus can ship internationally … there are a very small percentage of freight claims.
Tell me more about the sustainability of Clarus Glassboard products.
+ All of the scraps that come from Clarus, are recycled.
What besides a traditional ‘markerboard’ can Clarus do?
+ Table tops, information boards, glass divider panels in systems, mobile markerboards, furniture mount magnetic glass tackboards.
What about your printing process makes it different from other manufacturers?
+ Clarus uses a technique that prints directly to glass using a CMYK color code. That means that it’s not printed to a material and then laminated on the glass, but is actually printed directly to the glass. The CYMK inks used are different from the industry standard ceramic ink, which means that it’s a higher resolution and a bigger color spectrum (they can match ANY Pantone color!). It’s literally photo quality!
What makes Clarus different?
+ Size (They can do just about any size and shape. Anything up to 12’ x 6’ can be tempered.)
+ Wide array of finish options
+ Mounting (Multiple Options)
In layman’s terms, what is the difference between traditional ceramic markerboard and glass board?
+ Glass is non-porous, which means ink, food stains, etc will never seep into the material. Virtually anything can be applied, and will come off. Glass is also transparent, which means that you can do so much more in terms of design … other markerboards have to have the graphics on the front of the board. But with glass, it can go on the back, which means cleaning products, marker residue, etc, won’t harm it. Glass is also a cheaper investment over a 10-year span. Two big differences: one is function the other is design. The functional difference of glass is it is never going to stain, ghost, or wear out over time. It will look and preform like brand new all the time. The other difference is the beauty of the product. It has really taken the markerboard from an afterthought to the forefront of design. Allowing designers to choose their size, shape, thickness and all fabrication requirements. Add unique finishes including custom colors, graphics, artwork, logos, patterns, laminate, print, etc. And then finish it off with various mounting solutions. It makes sense. We are allowing designers to design.
Say I order a table top and need a cut out for power. Can you do this? What other customization do you do?
+ Clarus can do just about anything within the parameters of the machines. Because they are close to Dallas, people have brought furniture in the plant so that it can be retrofitted to include Clarus Glassboard.
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