Archive: Jun 2011

  1. On Our Desks: Chic Elevator Lantern Controls – Update From the Field

    Original blog post: 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 […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Urban Art of Banksy

    As the world of art well knows, definitions to describe pieces often vary from person to person. One’s art can be another’s waste of time. This finds few truer examples than the realm of street art or graffiti. While most won’t cite the attributes of gang signs, there exists a large subset of graffiti artists […]

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  3. Oobject.com Has a Peculiar Eye We Enjoy

    The folks at oobject.com like to find unique designs that proliferate our world which often go unseen. Be it crashed satellites, crazy Thomas Edison inventions, or just fascinating viewpoints of familiar places, they find photos and videos of objects both past and present that have a peculiar and interesting quality. We enjoy perusing the thousands […]

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  4. Concrete Materiality: Unexpected Transparency

    Apart from the works of Kahn and Hadid which celebrate the fluidity of concrete material, concrete ordinarily operates as a forgotten necessity. Sidewalks, bridges, and roadways depend on its durability and immense resistance to compression, but it usually receives little consideration for more artistic creations. Perhaps remembering the Brutalist movement, architects have almost abandoned concrete […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Music With a Crystal Clear Sound

    Few who nonchalantly trace their finger over a wine goblet’s rim realize the truly amazing acoustic potential of glass. While glass instruments can usually seen as the stuff of weddings and talent shows, few realize the innovation and artistry that go into the construction and playing of acoustic glass implements, utilizing techniques that often go […]

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  6. On Our Desks: Urban Wallscape with Illuminated Graffiti

    Check out this backlit graffiti wall that GPI provided for Marlite’s GlobalShop Booth! The wall is designed to mimic an urban alleyway, with continuous LED backlighting highlighting the vibrant graffiti graphics.  Graphics were spray painted on optical acrylic panels.  Custom controls animate the panels individually, reinforcing the concept that each panel is a brick in […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Illuminated Excellence Where None Have Previously Dared Tread

    Few artists today can rival Dale Chihuly in inspiration, innovation, influence, ambition, and breadth. Hailing from Tacoma, Washington, Mr. Chihuly’s introduction to glass blowing occurred during his B.A. in interior design. While as a weaving student, he began to incorporate metal and glass strands into the weaving of tapestries, eventually turning to glass blowing a […]

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  8. London’s Urban Physics Garden: Urbanites Growing Cures and Community

    While in London last week, our Director Thomas Lawrence was entranced by this inventive community garden nestled next to the Charles Dickens Free House pub/restaurant. The Urban Physics Garden brings neighbors and researchers together to use this previously neglected space for growing medicinal plants alongside the herbs and spices that one finds in traditional gardens. […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Cave Dwellings of Cappadocia

    While we use modern designs, materials, and techniques to entice your guests, today we would like to pay tribute to some of the ancient originators of stone design and lighting. Cave dwellings accounted for some of the earliest human settlements and many communities around the world today still dig into rock to find living space. […]

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