Category: Process and Integration

  1. Selecting Translucent Stones for Backlighting

    Utilizing backlit stone in your interior design is a nod to Mother Nature, now modernized with technology and illumination. Because translucent stone is a building material not seen or used every day, here we walk you through some tips on selecting translucent stones for your next backlit feature. Did you know that many natural stones […]

    Read more
  2. Illuminated Art Footbridge | Bay St. Bridge

    Toronto, ON: This expansive 129’ long bridge in downtown Toronto, connecting the Scotiabank Arena and Union Station Bus Terminal in the CIBC SQUARE, features a striking illuminated art piece along the walls. Through fine engineering and meticulously tailored lighting and detailing, renowned artist Nicolas Baier’s vision comes to life with vivid illumination. A custom designed […]

    Read more
  3. Backlit Agate Feature Walls

    Boston, MA:  Bulfinch Crossing, a redevelopment project creating an iconic addition to Downtown Boston consists of two skyscrapers, a smaller residential tower, a low-rise office building, a hotel, and a low-rise retail building. At a height of 480 feet, the Sudbury residential tower at Bulfinch Crossing houses the apartments and condominiums. As you enter the […]

    Read more
  4. Backlit Onyx Feature Walls at The Ritz Carlton Residences

    Sunny Isles, FL: Standing 649 feet tall, this residential tower sits on a 250 foot oceanfront property along South Florida’s Sunny Isles Beach. The tower is composed of 212 residences managed by the Ritz-Carlton and designed by Michele Bönan and Arquitectonica. When you pull up to the front entrance of the Ritz-Carlton Residences property, you […]

    Read more
  5. Custom Illuminated Video Wall Promotes Healing and Imagination

    University Hospital Angie Fowler Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Center Cleveland, OH: University Hospitals’ newly renovated inpatient oncology unit features a custom video wall that encourages interaction and healing. At the Angie Fowler Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer on the 7th floor of Horwitz Tower, patients who are undergoing treatment and stay for up to […]

    Read more
  6. White-Onyx-Stone-Block

    Working with Backlit Onyx Panels: From Opaque to Translucent

    The process of creating a piece of backlit onyx is one of transformation. From raw material extracted from the earth, onyx material undergoes a series of changes in making it to a final installation, illuminated in its glory. The characteristics of the stone shift at every step in the production process, making the upfront selection […]

    Read more
  7. Select Your Scribble

    The world of design is brimming with new developments in up-and-coming technology, product launches, and the next big ideas. Take the Scribble pen, for example. Any Photoshop devotee would be thrilled that the “eyedropper” tool has come to life, meaning that you can use the pen to grab a color from any real-life object and […]

    Read more
  8. 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 […]

    Read more
  9. For a Peek at Our Process, Join GPI on Instagram

    We just started experimenting with our new Instagram account! Our design team is sharing images of our process that provide a peek into our day-to-day life here at GPI.   If you are on Instagram you can catch those glimpses by following @gpidesign. So far we are enjoying this app for its ability to collapse […]

    Read more
  10. 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 […]

    Read more
  11. Celebrating Our Projects

    As we welcome 2013, the team at GPI has been reminiscing about our favorite backlit projects completed in the last year and brainstorming on what experiences we can take forward into the new year. From backlit 3Form desks in Cleveland to backlit exotic wood in Washington D.C. to a custom onyx barfront in Bahrain, here […]

    Read more
  12. Backlit Onyx Panels Provide Fresh Update to Venetian Oculus Bar

    The Oculus Bar at the Venetian Hotel is an icon of Las Vegas. Reflecting the Italian grandeur and charm of the city of Venice, the original design of the Oculus bar boasted Ionic columns, ornate statues, strong spatial divisions, and layers upon layers of color and form. When the design teams of Wilson Associates and […]

    Read more
  13. 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 […]

    Read more