Category: Process and Integration

  1. 5 Reasons For Designers To Love Faux Stone Panels

    Ouch. I feel like I’m backstabbing my trusted old friend, the natural stone panel. Lately we’ve seen a surge of interest in faux stone products, particularly for backlighting applications, and have found ourselves recommending these products for certain instances. There are some high-quality acrylics, poured resins, and co-polyester materials that have made advancements in the […]

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  2. Exploring Layers of Texture: Backlit Onyx + Screens

    Expand your design palette with imaginative interior feature wall products. Stone, wood, and light are three basic elements of nature. Layer them into an integrated assembly, and the visual effect is stunning. A sleek alternative to backlit onyx mosaics, these backlit stone and wood screen panels create extravagant patterns for an interior feature walls and […]

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  3. Backlighting Translucent Glass Panels: Don’t Forget Diffusion Techniques

    Thinking of designing a backlit glass bar or countertop? It’s not quite as easy as just placing a light source behind the glass.  There are many details that can slip through the cracks in backlit architectural features, and when the lighting system is sloppy, the time and investment that you’ve put into the surface is […]

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  4. Detailing Backlit Onyx Panels: Why There Isn’t a “Typical”

    In studying our website metrics that indicate which keywords our visitors are searching for, it’s mind-boggling how many designers are searching for answers to detailing backlit panels. And while we love to stock our website full of useful information that makes it easy for busy designers to quickly understand and specify our backlit onyx systems, […]

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  5. Lighting Control: Speaking Frankly About Dimming Benefits to Building Owners

    In the overview blog post, The 10 Benefits of Lighting Control for Greener, Smarter Building Design, Bill Trammel of the Lighting Control Pros blog outlines the main benefits of implementing lighting control into architectural design.  This blog post provided a great overview of points that can both enlighten designers AND provide relevant data to assist them […]

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  6. Backlit Granite: Transform Bar and Restaurant Spaces from Day to Night

    Backlit granite bars with the correct lighting controls allow designers to explore the furthest ranges of materiality. Granite is often associated with traditional countertops, but with advanced technology and the correct backlighting system, the flip of a switch can dramatically transform from day to night. For this backlit granite bartop application in Dubai, GPI developed […]

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  7. Exterior Stone Panels at Denver Justice and Detention Center

    For this recently completed commercial courthouse project in Denver, GPI’s involvement ranged from stone selection, detailed shop tickets, quality control in production, and shipping coordination.  Our skilled installation partners at Cleveland Marble Mosaic took the reins on-site to complete the installation with skilled craftsmanship. These stone panels and cladding fit seamlessly into existing site conditions […]

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  8. Communicating Your Backlit Natural Onyx Designs – A Guide for Designers

    Designing and specifying backlit onyx panels is a unique process. (Since onyx is a natural stone material, you can’t just call up Mother Nature and ask her to send samples of her latest collection.) This post outlines the three key items that you need to communicate in order for your backlit onyx design visions to […]

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  9. 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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  10. Top 3 Tips for Designing with Backlit Glass Panels

    Designing with translucent surfaces, structure, and backlighting is a delicate balance– those are three difficult materials to make work together. There are several methods to illuminate glass panels with backlighting, and chances are if you’re creating a ceiling or wall, then you have little space in which to throw the light. Because glass is a […]

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  11. Backlighting Corian Surfaces: A Brief Case Study

    Considering highlighting a countertop or reception desk with an illuminated white surface? At a recent project for a custom reception desk, smooth white Corian® surfaces were illuminated by GPI’s custom LED backlighting system. Providing an intriguing focal point, the luminous desk has clean lines and a sleek white appearance that was fitting for the space […]

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  12. Creating Unique Works of Art in Stone and Light

    Upon the dawn of a new project, our architect and designer clients are quick to ask “do you have photographs of a similar application?”. (Part of us must think designers are trained to ask those kinds of questions, as logic and an obligation to guide the owner to make sound investments take hold in these […]

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  13. Stone: Authenticity in a Plastic World

    In your typical daily life, how many objects do you interact with that are made of stone? (Think through your day, from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed. Do you ever see or touch stone? Is it far away or within reach? Is it on the wall, floor, ceiling, […]

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