beneath the surface blog

  1. Part 1 of An Exploration of Color: Countless Choices for Backlit Onyx Design

    For many, the word “onyx” evokes images of shiny black beads embedded in jewelry.  Yet as interesting as light-up gemstone necklaces sound, GPI Design creates features with a different sort of onyx, a sort of “jewelry for your walls”.  The world of onyx natural stone is a large one, filled with many colors, banding, and […]

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  2. How Do LEDs Work? A Quick Primer on LED Lighting Technology

    One of the most popular acronyms in the lighting design world and around the GPI Design office is “LED”.  So what does it stand for, and how do LEDs work?  While not an exhaustive investigation, this blog post will give you a primer on LED lighting technology and how LEDs work. An LED, or Light […]

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  3. 7 Reasons Why Flat LED Lighting Panels Are Imperfect Products: Part 2- Solutions

    The last post on “Beneath the Surface” discussed some of the challenges that flat LED panels pose when used for backlighting applications.  This post addresses each point in the other post with a design-driven solution. Anything we’re missing?  Leave a comment and we will address it with another blog post! 1. Hot spots Answer: Depending […]

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  4. 7 Reasons Why Flat LED Lighting Panels Are Imperfect Products

    Flat LED panels are new technology, and if you’re a designer or architect you are probably aware of a handful of manufacturers that produce these products.  And while many of the physical characteristics of LED panels are the same across the board, the majority of manufacturers lack the expertise to implement the panels with actual […]

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  5. Interior Finish Products: Fire Safety and Flame Spread- What Does It All Mean?

    As an integrated engineering, design, and supply firm, we frequently work with suppliers, engineers, designers, and architects to provide our unique backlit onyx features. One topic that seems to be shrouded in mystery is the topic of fire safety and fire requirements. Terms are frequently confused or misused, and data is often difficult to find […]

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  6. 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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  7. Great Conversations at Neocon 2010

    Thank you to all those who visited the GPI Design/Marlite booth at Neocon 2010 in Chicago.  Aside from getting many project leads, it was truly rewarding to see the excitement and positive feedback from those who are just learning about us for the first time.  Some memorable quotes from our booth visitors: “I’ve been walking […]

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  8. GPI Project in Progress: Backlit Glass Panels at AED Idea Center

    Project Update: LED Light Panels at AED Idea Center Installed, Glass Panels Evenly Backlit Backlit Glass Columns by GPI | AED Idea Center | Washington, D.C. Architect: Studio 27 Architecture Lighting Designer: MCLA Application: Backlit frosted glass at eight columns Products: GPI Infuse™ Flat-Lite™ LED Panels at 3500K lighting temperature Integration: Diffuser films to hide lamp […]

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  9. 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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  10. Architizer: A Social Network for…Buildings?

    Twitter now offers location-based tweets, and now there’s a new website that allows building design searches by location.  Architizer, a new all-encompassing social media platform for architects (or should we say buildings?), ties building projects to their respective locations, design teams, consultants, and suppliers.  

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  11. 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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  12. Standing On Your Desk: Staying Invigorated in the Design Process

    My first professor in architecture school concluded our first quarter of design lab by suddenly ordering us to get up from our seats. He instructed, “Walk four feet to your right”. We all glanced at each other, puzzled, wondering why he interrupted our deep stares into our Mac computer screens plastered in AutoCAD and Photoshop. […]

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  13. 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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