Category: From the Field

  1. From the Field: Backlit Onyx Feature Wall Installation in Ottawa

    Last winter, the GPI Design team was commissioned to engineer one very unique feature wall in the lobby of 150 Elgin Street in Ottawa, Ontario. Within the main lobby of this 21-story office complex, the designers at NEUF Architect(e)s and ownership at Morguard Investments imagined a glowing onyx wall to dazzle visitors and tenants. Intended […]

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  2. From the Field: Illuminating a Glass Portal in NYC

    GPI Design collaborated on a mock-up and then installation of a backlit recycled glass entry portal for a commercial office building in New York City. We are backlighting a dense recycled glass with significant natural variance and texture, which means that our backlighting solutions have to be responsive and flexible. The light blending strategies constantly […]

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  3. From the Field: Custom Backlit Onyx Furniture

    What a great experience working with the design team at Hickok Cole to develop these custom backlit onyx ottoman tops! Designed specifically for a lobby space in downtown Washington, D.C., these movable ottoman sets were envisioned to have a glowing white onyx finish against a cubic wooden base. Creating custom furniture pieces is always refreshing […]

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  4. From the Field: Building Backlit Onyx Elevator Cabs

    The GPI Design team flew out to San Francisco to build and then present a mock-up prototype for backlit onyx elevator cabs that we have been developing for quite some time now. Built and reviewed in under 72 hours, the trip was a whirlwind but it was so rewarding to see our renderings jump off […]

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  5. From the Field: Backlit Wood Panel Mock-Up

    For the National Cancer Institute project which we’ve been working on for months, GPI had the pleasure of presenting our mock-up of the very unique backlit wood system last week in Washington, D.C. Above: Initial project rendering by HOK Over three years ago, Bill Hellmuth of HOK envisioned these unique backlit feature walls to bring […]

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  6. From the Field: Making Headlines with Backlit Glass Floor

    We’re so pleased with the progression of this backlit glass floor installation at the Dallas Convention Center Hotel, we wanted to share the on-site photos immediately! The project is another great testament to the importance of not only mock-ups, testing, and coordination from one source, but also to being flexible and ready on-site with an […]

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  7. Update #2 From the Field: Illuminated Wood and 3Form Panels Installed

    The backlit escalator wall installation at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco is wrapping up smoothly. Here’s the project rendering again, described in our first blog post about this project: Some photographs snapped from our cell phones in the field: The clean lines and even illumination are the result of months of iterative detailing and expert installation. […]

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  8. Update #1 From the Field: Illuminated Wood and 3Form Panels Partially Installed

    If you missed our first blog post about GPI technicians arriving on-site for this long awaited backlighting installation at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco, check it out here (and take a peek at the project rendering). After a labor-intensive weekend, the bottom and center rows of the custom-built 3Form Varia Ecoresin and wood slatted surface panels […]

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  9. From the Field: Backlit Wood and 3Form Panel Install Begins in San Francisco

    For the extensive renovation of the San Francisco Grand Hyatt in Union Square, the teams at Indidesign (interior design) and Revolver (lighting design) envisioned a custom panel and backlighting treatment to revive the wall surfaces at the main escalator. Extending from the lower lobby to the main lobby, dark wood panels striated with thin lines […]

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  10. 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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