beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Homebound

    Italian architects design sustainable dwellings for climate migration refugees. How long will it take to solve the pending housing crisis from climate migration? 200 hours per family. That’s how long it takes Bologna-based studio Mario Cucinella Architects and their partners at a 3D printing studio called WASP to construct earth-structure domes with a low-carbon footprint […]

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  2. Improve Productivity + Wellbeing with a Backlit Wall

    Time and time again, research studies affirm that lighting is closely linked to mental and physical wellbeing — and the workplace setting is no exception. With light sensitivity playing such a strong role in employee productivity and wellbeing, it can be an excellent idea to begin integrating backlit walls into the office area. In fact, […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Crossing Waters

    Layered glass sculptures illustrate tiny human figures traversing massive bodies of water. New Zealand-based artist Ben Young is well known for creating massive sculptures and dioramas of marine landscapes. In this series, the artist explores aquatic topography in a striking application of glass, concrete, bronze, and steel. Each scene illustrates an expansive, calm body of […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Split Images

    Sketch artist illustrates the intersection of consciousness and physicality through graphite portraiture. Human beings experience emotions physically, and explaining how the body carries them is an art. Sweden-based artist Miles Johnston explores this art visually through his latest series of graphite portraits. “We don’t directly experience the actual biochemical facts of what is happening in […]

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  5. Backlit Acrylic Columns

    New York, NY:  LaGuardia Airport is under redevelopment while keeping the airport fully functioning. Located in the B terminal, GPI Design developed and installed a custom illuminated archway directing travelers to their gates. GPI Design along with Architect HOK and Contractor VHR Construction, was able to create a sleek yet functional design to add to […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Delicate by Design

    Antique porcelain pieces take on a new life in a series of jewelry creations. Amsterdam-based jewelry artist Gésine Hackenberg likes to ruin perfectly good dinnerware. At least, that may be how her grandmother would see it. Sourced from antique plates and bowls, Hackenberg has constructed delicate jewelry pieces made of porcelain disks that explore themes […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Make It Rain

    Dynamic, luminescent sculptures shift with light in response to the surrounding world. Japanese artist Rui Sasaki merges glass sculpture, a phosphorescent material, broad-spectrum UV lights, and motion detectors to create an immersive, interactive series of sculptures. As viewers approach the installations, the sculptures emit a subtle blue glow that dances through the forms, mimicking the […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Sustainable Woodwork

    Elegant wood carvings explore abstract shapes and shadows. In a series of wooded carvings, artist Ariele Alasko plays with themes of elegance, negative space, and contrast. From each block of wood, the artist creates smooth, abstract shapes full of curves and bent lines. From here, Alasko takes each smooth shape and assembles them into larger […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Celestial Mosaic

    Thousands of hours of time captures portray the galaxy in incredible detail. With 1,250 hours of exposure time, Finnish photographer J-P Metsavainio has created an enormous graphic that perfectly depicts the Milky Way Galaxy. Spanning from the Taurus to Cygnus constellations, the flat mosaic covers 125 degrees of the Earth’s projected sphere. The final graphic […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: Billowing Tulle

    Yards of colorful tulle cascade from windows inspired by Argentine embroidery. In a site-specific series of installations, Ana María Hernando explores striking applications of tulle in architecture and nature. Yards of the soft, colorful fabric are draped like waterfalls over windows and steps. Evoking themes of feminine strength, the ball gown fabrics breach their hard […]

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  11. 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 […]

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  12. Thursday Salute to Originals: Exit Up

    Immersive art installation explores themes of living and goodbye-ing. Artist Tadao Cern is exploring goodbyes in his latest work titled “French Exit.” As an immersive installation, the piece fills a gallery space with illuminated grasses. The title of this installation refers to the colloquial phrase about an abrupt exit from a party or social get-together […]

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