Archive: Apr 2011

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Sweet Design

    Struggling to make a dent in that sky-high pile of candy from this Easter Sunday? Try repurposing that old marshmallow Peep in your next design project (who eats those things, anyways?!). These designers take sugary sweets to a whole new level, translating the materiality and connotations of sugar into distinct objects. From technical to pure […]

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  2. On Our Desks: Chic Elevator Lantern Controls

    Contact closures, relays, Cue servers, DMX decoder units, din rails… if you’re a conceptual designer, you’re probably not too interested in what those mean, but when implemented through a thoughtful electrical engineering process, these items can add a whole new element of fluctuation to your spaces. Imagine synchronizing the vertical movement of an elevator with […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Truth Windows

    Our typical backlit project involves bold and intricate moves of concealment (hiding evidence of light, structure, seams, external supports… the list goes on), and leads to a natural curiosity for designers to learn how we assemble those walls/ceiling/floors. So I was understandably refreshed to see the architectural topic of “Truth Windows” pop up on my […]

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  4. Surfaces + Colored Light = Cozy Encapsulation At A New York Nightclub

    The Cienna Ultralounge in NYC- This project piqued our interest for several reasons – highly conceptual design, sophisticated use of colored LED lighting, and innovative materiality. Designer Antonio Di Oronzo of Bluarch envisioned the ceiling as a cocoon-like element with soft, tactile, silky forms. To create this aesthetic, nearly 90,000 illuminated acrylic strands are suspended […]

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  5. Creative Backlit Designs at the 2011 IIDA Design Competition

    Over the past several months, GPI Design has enjoyed the process of working with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) to sponsor this year’s student design competition. Students from accredited interior design schools in Ohio and Kentucky were invited to submit design proposals for the renovation of our office lobby (a drab space which was […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Voices of the Earth

    Over the past several months (due to the magical networking powers of LinkedIn) I’ve had the wonderful pleasure of connecting with Robin Acker Bush, founder and president of Voices of the Earth. Based out of Langley, Washington, Robin and her team capture underwater photographic images that can be applied to a myriad of surfaces in […]

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  7. Heartfelt LED Lighting by molo

    The creative folks at molo design are one of my all-time favorites for their clever manipulation of materials and lighting, and they’ve added another dimension of philanthropy to their latest design. For the Heartfelt collection, molo partnered with Architecture for Humanity to turn tote bags into portable LED lanterns. The hand-painted red dot on each […]

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