Category: Inspiration

  1. GPI TWeekly Archive: Minimalist Houses, Less is More

    Come on, you must have dreamed about your Dream House. Neuschwanstein Castle? A Zen hut? This week, we are sharing four great examples of minimalist house we saw on Twitter. Let us know if you have any of the following reactions: 1. This is mine! 2. What am I? A monk? 3. Party time!   […]

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  2. 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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  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. 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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  5. 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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  6. Design Inspiration: Celestial Cardboard Lighting Fixtures

    Being in the lighting design industry, we here at GPI, just can’t resist when we discover a cool, new product that embodies light and a little original innovation. That being said, we thought we would share these cool new light fixtures that look more like celestial planets than pendant lights. Made from layers upon layers […]

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  7. Design Inspiration: Facet Trends

    Though it’s not a brand new emerging movement, the idea of facets has really caught on in all aspects of design. We have been and still are seeing a strong shift towards geometric prism motifs through all different media, a lot of which we find very inspiring and intriguing. This phenomena, while not necessarily cutting […]

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  8. Design Inspiration: Looking In

    This image on anArchitecture initially caught our eye on because of the elements of translucency, color, and light.  Upon meditation, we find it spurring broader design thoughts: interior vs. exterior, communal vs. private, closed vs. open, looking out vs. looking in, whole vs. part…. the interpretations are endless. Image credit: Anne-Laure Masion

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  9. Thursday Salute To Originals: You Won’t Believe Your Eyes

    We’ve all seen optical illusions. They are a fun and interesting way to really get your brain ticking. But we’re willing to bet you haven’t seen any quite like this. No computer alterations here, just amazing talent and an intriguingly original point of view. The question is, is it a 2D artistic painting, a 3D […]

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  10. Delicate Horror in Glass Creations

    Happy Halloween! In a playful celebration of the holiday, our designers wanted to share this inspiration: Kyle Schumacher’s Stained Glass Spider Web. Mixing bold graphic lines and delicate glass textures, Kyle’s mostly colorless glass creations fluctuate with the views or spaces placed behind them. Allowing light and color to peek through, these pieces remain appropriately […]

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  11. Thursday Salute to Originals: Paris by the Billions

    Few cities compare to Paris when it comes to art and architecture. The urban fabric and historic atmosphere renders the capital of France a brilliant study in aesthetics. While a visit there allows an emersion in the wonderful Parisian culture, a website provides architects an interesting study in the way the whole city comes together. […]

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  12. Thursday Salute to Originals: Forget the Sleeping Bag…Try a Sleepbox

    Have you ever gotten back from a well-deserved trip, and after all the traveling, felt like you needed a vacation from your vacation? With all the rushing, the waiting, the droves of travelers, and the cramped personal space, getting from point A to point B can seem more like cruel and unusual punishment than a […]

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  13. Innovative Infrastructure Brings Neighborhoods Together

    Freeways crisscross much of a modern society’s landscape, connecting distant cities by allowing people the ability to travel hundreds of miles in a single day. Unfortunately, they also cleave, destroy, and pollute neighborhoods while existing as a visual blight on the landscape. Communities and citizens will often resist their construction even when the economic benefits […]

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