Archive: Jan 2011

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Meg’s Pause Sculpture

    In an Ontario park, recycled metals rise fifteen feet out of the ground, sketching a larger than life portrait of two hands and a rock. Blurring the line between drawing and sculpture, artist Dave Hind collapses planes to depict what has been called a “tender exchange of a rock between hands”. What is your interpretation […]

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  2. Inventive Manipulation of Translucent Stone Material: Carvings by Barbara Segal

    Transformation: raw becomes refined, heavy becomes light, industrial becomes personal, and the everyday is celebrated. This past Sunday, the New York Times featured sculptor Barbara Segal’s custom stone carvings. An exploration of materiality and iconic forms, Barbara’s work explore the hand processing of translucent stone, transforming the material into dreamlike sculptures of everyday garments. The […]

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  3. From the Field: Backlit Onyx Communal Table at Potomac Yards Marriott

    For the Marriott Renaissance and Residence Inns located in Arlington, Virginia, the design teams at Forrest Perkins and Cooper Carry envisioned a softly glowing beacon to anchor the lobby space. With a table that wraps up the wall and returns back to form a soffit, this eye-catching piece called for a solution that included softly […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Brown Paper Bag

    Brown paper bags serve a functional but personal purpose in daily routines: container of homemade PB+J sandwiches, canvas for scrawling your name to distinguish it from your peers, satchel to transport tasty potato chips (grease stains and all)… then it’s thrown out at the end of the day! Have you ever wondered, does the brown […]

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  5. Backlighting Translucent Glass Panels: Don’t Forget Diffusion Techniques

    Thinking of designing a backlit glass bar or countertop? It’s not quite as easy as just placing a light source behind the glass.  There are many details that can slip through the cracks in backlit architectural features, and when the lighting system is sloppy, the time and investment that you’ve put into the surface is […]

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  6. Rain, Rain Go Away – Sculpture Expresses Weather Patterns

    Cloudy skies bring to mind images of open spaces, soaring objects and unlimited imagination when interpreting their organic forms. Changes in natural cloud patterns occur rather slowly, marking the passage of time over the course of the day. In this project, the form and psychological implications of clouds, altered by a speedier manipulation of time, […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Shadow Artist Kumi Yamashita

    As flip side to last week’s salute to “light painting”, on this snowy Thursday we would like to salute artist Kumi Yamashita for her stunning manipulation of shadow. In an exploration of the complex relationships between object, lens, canvas, shadow and light, Kumi Yamashita arranges objects to cast shadow into human forms.  Her techniques involve careful […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Dean Chamberlain’s Light Painting

    With his one-of-a-kind technique of “painting with light”, photographer Dean Chamberlain blurs time and space to create phenomenal works of art. Dean’s compositions can take up to five hours to capture, and it’s this methodology that allows him to deliberately render each element in a particular light quality.  During these prolonged exposures, Dean focuses on […]

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  9. Detailing Backlit Onyx Panels: Why There Isn’t a “Typical”

    In studying our website metrics that indicate which keywords our visitors are searching for, it’s mind-boggling how many designers are searching for answers to detailing backlit panels. And while we love to stock our website full of useful information that makes it easy for busy designers to quickly understand and specify our backlit onyx systems, […]

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