Category: Process and Integration

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. From the Field: Backlit Wood Panel Mock-Up

    For the National Cancer Institute project which we’ve been working on for months, GPI had the pleasure of presenting our mock-up of the very unique backlit wood system last week in Washington, D.C. Above: Initial project rendering by HOK Over three years ago, Bill Hellmuth of HOK envisioned these unique backlit feature walls to bring […]

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  4. 5 Tips for Designing with Backlit Onyx Panels

    Onyx itself is a luxurious material, and when integrated with the proper backlighting techniques the layers and depth of the stone is further brought to life.  You’re investing money and design time into this natural product, so consider the following tips to properly showcase the natural beauty of onyx: 1. Choose an onyx stone variety […]

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  5. Glimpses of Our Process: Backlit Glass Floor Development

    We’re working on illuminating a commercial lobby floor for a project in Perth, Australia.  To firm up our strategies, the specified glass panels were shipped to us so we could study their relationship to our backlighting. Creating even illumination for this highly translucent glass surface in a load bearing floor application presented a fun challenge […]

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  6. From the Field: Making Headlines with Backlit Glass Floor

    We’re so pleased with the progression of this backlit glass floor installation at the Dallas Convention Center Hotel, we wanted to share the on-site photos immediately! The project is another great testament to the importance of not only mock-ups, testing, and coordination from one source, but also to being flexible and ready on-site with an […]

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  7. Fusing Art & Design with Surfaces and Light

    Having a passion for the way translucent surfaces and LED panels can accentuate and bring natural warmth to any space, we greatly enjoy the way Stefan Lindfors incorporated the two for his Light Works exhibition. First displayed in Helsinki during February and D.C. in May, Lindfors recently wrapped up a showing in NYC during the […]

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  8. Daylight + LEDs: Re-inventing a Bright Idea

    Sometimes new and innovative ideas can overwhelm tried and practical applications such that inefficiency becomes standard. The modern use of electric lights and lamps perfectly demonstrates this fact. For the past century, artificial illumination has dominated the way we light our workspaces and homes. Fed up with the humming of florescent lights, skyrocketing electric bills, […]

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 5 (Ok, 6!) Reasons for Designers To Love Natural Stone Panels

    As the counterpoint to our blog post “5 Reasons For Designers To Love Faux Stone Panels”, today we take on the alternate perspective and illustrate the benefits of natural stone panels. Given that this succeeding post quickly catapulted to twelve points, which I narrowed to six here, it’s pretty clear which material we regard as […]

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