Keep the Inspiration, Lose the Hassle: 3 Insider Tips on Elevator Interior Materials

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You’re driven by vision, ambition, the need to breathe life into drawings, renderings, and models – transforming them into fully-functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces. Materials make it happen. Selecting the best elevator interior elements will help you achieve the look you want and give you the usability you need. Ready to design a breathtaking interior that’s sure to impress the countless users who’ll inhabit that space? Use these insider tips to help pick materials that will bring your vision to life.

Tip #1

Instead of: Traditional Architectural Glass

Use: Corning® Gorilla® Glass


Elevator cabs are becoming leaner, lighter, and more efficient. Materials need to keep up with innovation –while keeping weight down. Standard architectural glass tips the scales at 2.875 pounds per square foot.

Thin, ultralight Corning® Gorilla® Glass, on the other hand, weighs in at just 0.750 pounds per square foot. It’s 3.8 times lighter, allowing architects to meet stringent weight regulations with ease. At the same time, Corning®’s revolutionary glass offers superior durability and performance.

But functionality is just the beginning. Unlike standard glass, which has an amber, blue, or green tint, Corning® Gorilla® Glass is optically clear. Architects, designers, and owners can achieve bright, vibrant hues that pop. Color matching, a common challenge, is effortless. Even whites, traditionally the most difficult to render, are true and precise without tinges of color from the glass interfering with clarity. Images, logos, patterns – they all come to life with Corning® Gorilla® Glass.

Tip #2

Instead of: Woven Wire Mesh

Use: GageCarve

Woven wire mesh is difficult for manufacturers to work with – and that difficulty translates into higher costs for customers. A looser weave will make the surface a magnet for dust and dirt that is nearly impossible to keep clean. When used in upper panels, this wire mesh can catch long hair.

GageCarve, on the other hand, offers the same dynamic look that is easy to maintain and without breeding dust-bunnies.

Manufactured by Gage Corp., GageCarve is crafted from at least 50% post-consumer recycled aluminum. Each sheet is anodized with an interior-grade finish to ensure optimal appearance, durability, and longevity. That, and its cutting-edge look, makes it an ideal fit for sophisticated interiors.

Tip #3

Instead of: Mirrors on All Walls

Use: A Mirror on One Wall

There’s a line between convenience (straightening your attire before a presentation, interview, meeting, etc.) and “funhouse chic”. Many designers opt to include mirrors in their elevator interiors to help users, and to make the space appear larger and brighter. But more than one wall of mirror crosses that line. Elevator passengers need one – just one – reflection staring back at them.

Or, skip the mirrors altogether and opt for a custom image or logo behind Corning® Gorilla® Glass to complete your vision.

While elevator interiors can incorporate virtually any material that is fire-rated and conforms to size and weight restrictions, the best – like Corning® Gorilla® Glass, GageCarve, and more – offer unmatched durability and versatility for the ultimate design freedom.

One of the most-used features in your building will be the elevator. Thousands of people will use it – and they have nothing to do but look at the interior as they wait to reach their floor. Show them thoughtful designs in every aspect of the building with gorgeous – and yet totally functional – elevator interiors.