Category: On Our Desks

  1. History Encapsulated at Omni Dallas Hotel & Convention Center

    Newspapers, often considered an ordinary, universal object around the world, are one of the most extraordinary types of documentation of life and society. There are few mediums that can physically capture a tragic moment, a joyful celebration, or a life-changing event in a style that relates to people of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic groups […]

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  2. Deriving Architectural Inspiration from Onyx Materiality

    With numerous technological innovations that have revolutionized the construction industry, do natural materials remain a major source of inspiration for modern architects and designers? Though often treated as an applied finish or an afterthought, what if we re-frame our thinking about these natural building materials to allow their deeper roots to inform our designs? If […]

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  3. AIA Blog Off: History at the Heart of Design

    by Fallon Burgdorf and Caitlin Walsh for the American Institute of Architects #AIA2012 Blog Off During the week of March 25 – 31, architectural bloggers and design professionals create blog posts to discuss the topic: “Design Connects”. Everyone has a history. It is an integral part of our existence. History reminds us of where we’ve […]

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  4. Custom Backlit Onyx Dining Table – A Long Build Process

    After the initial exchange with the interior designers at Darrell Schmitt Design Associates back in the beginning of 2011, this backlit onyx dining table has slowly and steadily come to fruition.  GPI Design was originally intended to just provide the material for a backlit onyx tabletop for a private residence in the Middle East.  Four […]

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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. 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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  7. On Our Desks: Urban Wallscape with Illuminated Graffiti

    Check out this backlit graffiti wall that GPI provided for Marlite’s GlobalShop Booth! The wall is designed to mimic an urban alleyway, with continuous LED backlighting highlighting the vibrant graffiti graphics.  Graphics were spray painted on optical acrylic panels.  Custom controls animate the panels individually, reinforcing the concept that each panel is a brick in […]

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  8. Creating Continuous LED Backlighting: 4 Types of Light Seams to Consider

    Natural sunlight is a seamless light that provides enveloping spatial qualities, free from interruption. With designers increasingly turning to nature for design inspiration, recreating this smooth quality can be tricky with artificial lighting technology. How do you avoid choppy, spotty, discontinuous appearance within your artificial lighting sources? When translating your design from small samples to […]

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  9. 4 Things Traffic Cops Can Teach Us About Integration

    When you envision the city of Cleveland, the awful traffic ala NYC doesn’t usually come to mind, right? Driving home from work this week, torrential downpours streamed down from the suddenly gray sky, and power to the traffic lights was diminished. At Westlake’s largest intersection, this could have been pretty disastrous, but not with a […]

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  10. On Our Desks: Chic Elevator Lantern Controls

    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 an elevator with […]

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