Solutia's New Contest Recognizes Innovative Use of Colored Laminated Glass

Solutia Inc. (NYSE: SOA), manufacturer of the Vanceva® Color System by Saflex announced today that the company is still accepting entries to the Solutia "World of Color Awards™: Inspired by Vanceva."

The new international design awards program is designed to honor architects, interior designers, glass fabricators, furniture designers, glazing engineers and other industry professionals for their innovative design and use of colored laminated safety glass in building design and interior spaces around the world.  Applicants are encouraged to submit projects by August 15, 2010.

The World of Color Awards competition is an international recognition program open to all industry professionals.  All entries must include liberal use of Vanceva color interlayer products for laminated glass and must have been completed between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2009.

Projects will be judged by an international jury of celebrated industry professionals in both the architectural, interior design and color marketing industries.   They include Shashi Caan, founder of the  Shashi Caan Collective in New York City & the United Kingdom;  Fermin Vazquez, founder of  b720 Arquitectos in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain;  Andrew Moor, principal of Andrew Moor Associates in London and author of The Colour of Architecture; Jeeyong An, principal of GinsengChicken Architecture, a New York office for progressive architecture; and Denise Turner, international colorist and founder of Color Turners in California.

"Glass is the portal through which we experience light in the built environment. Adding color to that glass, whether it is in exterior glazing, interior partitions, furniture or art, elevates the experience of light," says Julie Schimmelpenningh, global architectural applications manager for Solutia. "This competition seeks to honor architects, designers and glazing professionals who use color to enhance the built environment and inspire occupants."

The Vanceva Color System by Saflex offers architects and designers unparalleled creative freedom to incorporate color into glass and glazing systems using tinted interlayers which are laminated in between two pieces of glass.  A palette of 15 colors can be combined in up to four layers to produce more than 3,000 transparent, translucent and opaque glass colors.   This gives designers unparalleled flexibility to create custom colors and one-of-a-kind aesthetics. Vanceva color interlayers also offer all the benefits of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayers for laminated safety glass, including security, solar, sound insulation and UV protection.

Solutia's Saflex® brand PVB interlayers are the most trusted name in PVB interlayer technology for laminated glazing, delivering outstanding performance and durability, backed by reliable and knowledgeable service. As a result, it is found in nearly 40 percent of laminated architectural and automotive glass worldwide.  Saflex interlayers are also used to encapsulate thin film photovoltaic solar cells, providing outstanding processability and durability.



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