Archive: Jan 2012

  1. GPI TWeekly Archive: Good Design Generates Positive Energy

    We love Twitter because we can always see the creativity and feel the enthusiasm in the design world, and that energy flow makes us want to keep moving forward. This week, we saw a couple of great museum designs and interesting lamps introduced by our “tweeps”. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did. […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Paper/Origamic Architecture

    We rarely talk about paper art in this blog, mainly because the architectural industry doesn’t generally regard paper as a material suited for construction sites and we are more excited to see designs with materials such as natural stone, glass, wood, and resin. However, paper is still important to the GPI Design team in the […]

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  3. GPI TWeekly Archive: Wood Structures Gone Wild

    Structural wood designs were buzzing on Twitter this week! In these featured designs, the material is shaped, woven, formed, and layered into both spaces and objects. Metropol Parasol: Largest Wood Structure in the World tweet via @threefiftyneuro Pin It Lucien Pellat-Finet Shinsaibashi / Kengo Kuma & Associates “It was a collaboration between fashion and plant-likened […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Incorporate Perception into Design

    What is good design? Asking this is like asking “What’s your favorite food?” or “What’s your favorite movie”? Throw the question out there and you will hear a thousand answers. The definition of good design is very subjective and almost nonnegotiable. In the end, as individuals, we all look at the same matter from different […]

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  5. Textures in Sky + Onyx: Letting Nature Be Natural

    Maybe it’s time for more late night office sessions, the multitude of windows leads to endless inspiration! Playing with our backlit onyx samples late in the day, a quick glimpse out the window at the dramatic clouds reminds us why we love working with natural stone materials. Evening view from the GPI Design Westlake office […]

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  6. GPI TWeekly Archive: 5 Unconventional Recycled Designs

    This week’s featured stories treat recycling with an air of creativity and tons of fun color. 1  Starbucks takes recycling/adaptive reuse to a whole new level tweet via @perkinswill_CHI Pin It 2  1,000 recycled doors find a new life as a building’s façade tweet via @dwell Pin It 3  David Joseph Goteiner Created Recycled Traffic […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Lacquer Wares, An Ancient Art Invention

    On Tuesday of this week, we shared on Twitter some amazing three-dimensional goldfish art pieces painted by a Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori and we all loved it. There’re always some ancient oriental art forms and techniques that just never fail to wow us. I came across this collection of Japanese lacquer wares which was on […]

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  8. GPI TWeekly Archive: The Design World is Off to A Good Start

    Twitter was abuzz this week with developments in design – looks like 2012 is off to a creative start! Interior Design Skim Milk: Strelein Warehouse by Ian Moore Architects: a converted warehouse tweet via @designmilk Exterior Design COFCO Tianjin Showroom / L&A Design Group: dual layer hexagon shape glass façade tweet via @ArchDaily (for more hexagonal […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Cubic Kite Sculpture Takes Flight

    Snow just started to accumulate here in the Cleveland area but somehow I’m already picturing myself embracing the spring breeze, like jogging in my shorts or flying a kite in the lake park. [Ok, I lied. I don’t fly kites, not since I was a little kid. Maybe that’s why I was attracted to this […]

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  10. Design Inspiration: Hexagonal Trends

    As we voyage into 2012, the hexagonal geometric form is appearing everywhere. The way in which this relatively simplistic form can be manipulated into patterns, textures, and overall structures, makes it a popular and versatile choice for a graphic aesthetic. Here are some of our favorite uses of hexagons that create truly dynamic and intriguing […]

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