Category: Inspiration

  1. Creative Backlit Designs at the 2011 IIDA Design Competition

    Over the past several months, GPI Design has enjoyed the process of working with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) to sponsor this year’s student design competition. Students from accredited interior design schools in Ohio and Kentucky were invited to submit design proposals for the renovation of our office lobby (a drab space which was […]

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  2. Heartfelt LED Lighting by molo

    The creative folks at molo design are one of my all-time favorites for their clever manipulation of materials and lighting, and they’ve added another dimension of philanthropy to their latest design. For the Heartfelt collection, molo partnered with Architecture for Humanity to turn tote bags into portable LED lanterns. The hand-painted red dot on each […]

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  3. Blank Canvas or Billboard? Stretch Fabric Architecture

    Sculptural forms of translucent stretch fabric twist your loftiest design visions free from constraint. With lightweight properties, stretch fabric applications defy gravity and scale limitations. Large sleek expanses of material act as a blank canvas, producing sensational effects when illuminated or used as a projector screen to transmit images. With an aesthetic that expresses impermanence […]

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  4. Manipulating Light to Shape Experience and Perception

    “To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim.” – Oscar Wilde Glen Shrum of Architectural Lighting Magazine recently posted a great article “Light Art Matters: A Closer Look at the Ideas Behind the Work”. The author highlights two fundamentally different schools of thought for light artists – those who conceal lighting systems and […]

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  5. Illuminated Colors Shift Your Mindset and Your Space

    Designers, has your education and (hopefully) subsequent career left you completely terrified to implement colors other than white? Sure, sleek white will always be the go-to minimalist choice, but wouldn’t it be nice to stir things up once in awhile? Proving that colored light need not only be relegated to Vegas casinos, here are some […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Flower Engineering

    Valentine’s Day is full of commercial giving: cards, chocolates, stuffed animals holding plush hearts with cheesy sentiments, and last but not least – roses.  This innovator shatters the notions of traditional floral arrangements, stripping back the elements to reveal new forms, colors, and uses. Andreas Verheijen, now dubbed “the flower engineer”, worked as a florist […]

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  7. Inventive Manipulation of Translucent Stone Material: Carvings by Barbara Segal

    Transformation: raw becomes refined, heavy becomes light, industrial becomes personal, and the everyday is celebrated. This past Sunday, the New York Times featured sculptor Barbara Segal’s custom stone carvings. An exploration of materiality and iconic forms, Barbara’s work explore the hand processing of translucent stone, transforming the material into dreamlike sculptures of everyday garments. The […]

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  8. Rain, Rain Go Away – Sculpture Expresses Weather Patterns

    Cloudy skies bring to mind images of open spaces, soaring objects and unlimited imagination when interpreting their organic forms. Changes in natural cloud patterns occur rather slowly, marking the passage of time over the course of the day. In this project, the form and psychological implications of clouds, altered by a speedier manipulation of time, […]

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  9. Backlit Ham: Can Intense Light Beautify Any Object?

    “Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson In brainstorming blog posts that connect backlighting to the holiday season (translucent onyx ornaments? scrapping string lights in lieu of flat panels?), we came across this image of sliced ham in […]

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  10. “Paper Snowflakes”: Exploring Materiality

    Cleveland’s first snowfall hasn’t occurred yet, but these recent projects are bringing back holiday memories of long afternoons spent at the kitchen table, mutilating sharp white stacks of printer paper with meticulous scissor cuts. The process of making paper snowflakes explores the materiality of paper: folding, bending, and cutting flat planes. Perhaps most rewardingly, the […]

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  11. Evolution of Backlit Ceiling Panels

    We stumbled across a great article today that traces the history of backlit panels.  In the article “Techniques 7: The Backlit Panel”, Lauren Vanderkar and Doug James outline the evolution of backlit panels for architectural applications from office lighting to tequila bars. With particular focus on site-specific conditions that create a need for these backlit wall […]

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  12. Part 5 (Final) of An Exploration of Color: Countless Choices for Backlit Onyx Design

    We’ve enjoyed sharing our image library with you. Here is a recap of the main color ranges we explored: 1. Green onyx panels 2. Red onyx panels 3. Honey onyx panels 4. White onyx panels For everything in between, there’s always alternative stone types (such as blue marble), color filters, and man-made agglomerates to achieve […]

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  13. Part 4 of An Exploration of Color: Countless Choices for Backlit Onyx Design

    So Cool: White Onyx Admittedly, sometimes when clients request white onyx slabs that have little to no color or texture, we wonder “why don’t you just paint the wall white or use an acrylic surface?“. But there’s something to be said for a sleek white slab that has cloudy layers that drift beneath the surface […]

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