Archive: Nov 2010

  1. Communicating Your Backlit Natural Onyx Designs – A Guide for Designers

    Designing and specifying backlit onyx panels is a unique process. (Since onyx is a natural stone material, you can’t just call up Mother Nature and ask her to send samples of her latest collection.) This post outlines the three key items that you need to communicate in order for your backlit onyx design visions to […]

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  2. “Paper Snowflakes”: Exploring Materiality

    Cleveland’s first snowfall hasn’t occurred yet, but these recent projects are bringing back holiday memories of long afternoons spent at the kitchen table, mutilating sharp white stacks of printer paper with meticulous scissor cuts. The process of making paper snowflakes explores the materiality of paper: folding, bending, and cutting flat planes. Perhaps most rewardingly, the […]

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  3. Translucent Stone + Insulated Glazing Units = New Possibilities for Facade Design

    A new palette of translucent onyx, granite, and marble to challenge the conventions of stone facade design.  With translucent stone in curtain wall systems, your buildings can now become translucent jewels – transmitting natural sunlight in the day and glowing luminous volumes when nighttime closes in. As a small cutting-edge company, GPI prides ourselves on […]

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  4. Backlit Glass Panels Form A Glowing Feature Wall in Lancaster: A Brief Case Study

    Bringing together fine art photographs of natural grasses, custom bent glass, and LED backlighting can be difficult – throw in a curved shape with a narrow lighting cavity and the stage was set for this example of custom integration at the lobby of Lancaster General Health Women and Babies Hospital. Architects Noelker and Hull wanted […]

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  5. Thursday Salute: Using Sculpture To Convey Environmental Messages

    Artist Paul Baliker creates stunning works of art with natural materials, and we’re particularly drawn to his creations in wood.  Paul’s recent creation, “A Matter of Time”, utilizes materiality, texture and scale to deliver a poignant message. “Think of this sculpture as a clock.  Within one 24 hour revolution somewhere between 3 and 270 species […]

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  6. Kicking Off Thursday Salute to Originals

    Whether a person, artwork, material or idea – we respect originality. What inspires you to push the envelope? Who out there is marching to the beat of their own drummer? What objects or innovations have solved a particular problem in an artistic or unexpected way? Submit your unique, offbeat, strange or humorous nominations by commenting […]

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  7. Evolution of Backlit Ceiling Panels

    We stumbled across a great article today that traces the history of backlit panels.  In the article “Techniques 7: The Backlit Panel”, Lauren Vanderkar and Doug James outline the evolution of backlit panels for architectural applications from office lighting to tequila bars. With particular focus on site-specific conditions that create a need for these backlit wall […]

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