Category: Process and Integration

  1. For Interior Surface Applications: Acrylic as a Clear Alternative to Glass

    Looking for an alternative to glass or stone for a translucent wall feature? If the application is suitable, you should consider using acrylic products. Not the paint, but rather sheet acrylic. Acrylic is stronger, more scratch resistant, and lighter than glass. It comes in an almost infinite variety of colors and textures, and has stunning […]

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  2. Mixing Modern Materials with Backlit Finishes- Part 2

    Leather Wall Panels Leather is no longer relegated to overstuffed couches in dimly lit, den-like spaces. With a luxurious aesthetic and sense of permanence, leather panels are moving into primary spaces as interior wall panels and flooring.       (Above left: leather wall panels by Studioart, above right: from InteriorDesignTutor.net) Qualities: luxurious, textured, tactile, sound absorbent […]

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  3. Mixing Modern Materials with Backlit Finishes- Part 1

    With Neocon 2010 fast approaching, your head is surely spinning with creative ideas and your desk will soon be filled with samples and swatches. How to bring them all together in a space? That’s the challenge. GPI will be reviewing new innovative materials in the design world and giving ideas about how ato integrate these […]

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  4. Granite Joins Your Translucent Stone Palette

    “Delicate”, “soaring”, “sparkling”, “translucent”… when it comes to building materials, natural granite doesn’t typically produce such evocative descriptions. Think “granite” and most designers recall images of residential countertops, traditional lobby floors, historical stone monuments, and heavy building foundations. Associated with durability, heaviness, and traditional forms, granite is found in the palette of traditional architects and […]

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  5. GPI Design & Marlite: Taking “Integrated” One Step Further

    Lightable walls that are easy to specify and even easier to install. To bring truly integrated feature walls to designers and architects, GPI Design and Marlite will be forming a strategic alliance. Just came back from a great meeting over Mexican lunch with some key players from Marlite, a wall systems company out of Dover, […]

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  6. 5 Tips for Designing with Backlit Onyx

    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 its natural beauty: 1. Choose a stone that has significant visible […]

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  7. Quick Guide to LED Lighting Systems for Sustainable Building Design and LEED credits

    Acronyms galore.  The letters “L”, “E”, and “D” on my keyboard are going to be worn out after this blog post! Lighting systems typically constitute the highest energy use in commercial buildings. The USGBC (United States Green Building Council) has recognized the energy savings potential in general lighting systems, and LED lighting systems can be a […]

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  8. 10 Design Elements for Creating Commercial Feature Walls

    Have you ever seen an over scaled-zebra striped-curved-colored-lighted  wall with varying panel sizes and gaping reveals?  We haven’t, but there’s probably a reason for that. All of the conflicting visual elements would cause nausea and headaches for any sane designer! In a primary space in your commercial interior design, you’ve allocated a prominent wall which […]

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  9. More than Green: Can the Space Between the Walls Make a Difference?

    Video Tours of 2000 Tower Oaks Blvd. The 2000 Tower Oaks Blvd. Office building is the first LEED© Platinum new construction office building in the Washington, D.C. region.  In the design and construction of Tower Oaks, the developer (The Tower Companies) took sustainability to a whole new level.  Not only is the building physically healthy, […]

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  10. Open Pages: Why You Should Judge a Stone Composition By Its Cover

    With precise attention to book-matching, designing with natural stone can result in striking compositions. Are you familiar with the old adage “measure twice, cut once”? To obtain perfect veining patterns in our stone feature walls, at GPI it’s more like “measure twice. draw a diagram. step back and think about it. call the design department. […]

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  11. GPI Begins Backlit Onyx Install at LEED Certified Office Building

    This week marks the long awaited kickoff of the installation of our Wells Fargo Center job in Norfolk, Viriginia.  From the time a project is initiated to the actual installation, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes.  Here’s just a little taste of why we’re so excited to finally be on the construction […]

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  12. Backlit Honey Onyx: Representation of Hearth?

     “the solar-heating functions of a building were essentially a replacement of the original thermal functions of the fireplace.  With its circle of warmth, the fireplace had once been the center of family life… what were the qualities of the hearth that made it so wonderful and so beloved?” – Thermal Delight in Architecture by Lisa […]

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  13. Design Inspiration: 9 Ideas for Backlit Onyx Applications

    Think Beinecke Library at Yale University by Gordon Bunshaft of SOM: set architectural precedent by exploiting the possibilities of translucent natural stone. Translucent stone products possess unique depth and character. In addition to lit bartops and interior feature walls, backlit natural stone can be used in a variety of commercial interior and exterior applications. Whether translucent stone […]

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