beneath the surface blog

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Moving in Circles

    Surfing our favorite design blogs this week, we ran across these “sidewinding circular skates” from Hammacher Schlemmer. Their strange, spacey form initially caught our attention. And when we saw how effortlessly the skates spun across the pavement and glided over grass all without the wearer’s feet ever touching the ground, we were hooked. Not only […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Boiling Sculpture Down to Nuts and Bolts

    Nuts and bolts are a key component to all of our turnkey backlit systems. Usually serving as the main attachment mechanism for our substructure, though never seen, they are absolutely essential to the success of our features. We’ve configured these staple hardware pieces in hundreds of different arrangements – horizontal, vertical, upside down, and everything […]

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    Impactful Entry Space: 125 Park Ave

    In this Impactful Entry Space blog series, we will feature a designer or artist that has created an attention-grabbing design for the main lobby space of a building. Drawing inspiration from completed entry spaces around the world, we travel beyond the image by diving into the design process and concepts behind it. This week, we had the […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: An Explosive Wall Surface

    In a perfect architectural world, walls are usually flat, white, and seamlessly intersect with the wall and floor planes. Free from tolerances or cracks, generally the wall plane is designed to fade into the background, acting as a blank backdrop in space. When the wall surface is exploded, an entirely new meaning takes shape and […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Time Slice Photos

    Creating distinct renditions of our built environment both at specific moments and over periods of time, photography and timelapse video have a special place in the showcasing of architecture. Typically regarded as separate entities, still imagery and motion pictures document the world in completely different formats, each interpreting the subject and its facets in a […]

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    Impactful Entry Space: Vienna Microsoft Headquarters

    In this Impactful Entry Space blog series, we will feature a designer or artist that has created an attention-grabbing design for the main lobby space of a building. Drawing inspiration from completed entry spaces around the world, we travel beyond the image by diving into the design process and concepts behind it. Today, we feature […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: A Day at the Beach in February

    What can you do at a frozen beach in the middle of February? Well, around here, not much. Mother Nature, on the other hand, seems to escape the winter doldrums by whipping up playful creations of her own. Seaside materials such as sand and water whirl into whimsical shapes held together by icy conditions. Nope, […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Everlasting Spring Sculptures

    Here at our Cleveland headquarters, Old Man Winter is still in town, and honestly, he’s quickly wearing out his welcome. With the single digit high temps and several inches of snow expected throughout the week, spring doesn’t seem like its coming any time soon. However, this week, amidst the ice and snow, we stumbled upon […]

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    Impactful Entry Space: Four Seasons Beijing

    In this Impactful Entry Space blog series, we will feature a designer or artist that has created an attention-grabbing design for the main lobby space of a building. Drawing inspiration from completed entry spaces around the world, we travel beyond the image by diving into the design process and concepts behind it. Today, we feature […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Moonlight Within Reach

    The moon holds a mysterious pull (no gravity pun intended) that has inspired innovative minds for centuries. From Galileo’s antiquated moon phase drawings of the 1600s, to more modern abstract photographers incorporating the glowing orb as a prop, the celestial body is a creative muse. When considered for both its alluring form AND ever-shifting expression […]

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