A six year old boy from Chesterland, Ohio runs into the back yard just before school, and checks the previous days experiment. With saucer wide eyes he slides the hardened mud pie off the patio table as he marvels how it holds its diamond shape and then picks at the pattern he fingered into it the day before. Thus the beginning of John Blazy’s fascination with polymers (liquids that get hard) and geometric design.
John majored in Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, then started a high-end cabinetry business. The Ohio art market was not very supportive of a local artist with work that takes up floor space, but would consider work for the wall. John soon launched a series of hall mirror designs that began exploring progression gradations in stacked MDF while further exploring new materials to adhere to one of the tenets of Art Deco design – cutting-edge materials. John received orders for several mirrors from shows and soon met a jeweler using the wildest glass he ever saw – dichroic glass. This glass actually changed colors upon viewing angle. It was developed in the space program where it is made in multi-million dollar metal vapor deposition chambers in which the glass is placed in the chamber, all the air is vacuumed out, and an electron laser beam vaporizes certain metals to coat the rotating glass with multiple layers of molecule-thin metals to create a lightwave filtering effect called thin film physics.
Then came a day when John was playing after hours on low-shrink thick film clear coats and he decided to marry dichroic films with this magic liquid.
Dichrolam was born, the Dichroic Laminates Division was formed, and now Sony Style, Disney, MTV, Norwegian Star Cruise Lines, the new Oklahoma City Federal Building, and lately Bloomberg Financial are discovering this awesome product at a fraction of the cost of dichroic glass, yet without the size limitation (dichroic glass comes in 24″ x 24″ max), and surface vulnerability.
John now has the privilege of being the first designer to use this cool material, as his art drove the science, and now the science is driving the art. Sometimes a designer must invent the very materials he is designing for . . .
John has not lost his love of wood and techno-innovation, so when he’s not making Dichrolam, he is finishing and enjoying his mahogany, glass-bottomed boat that he designed and built.