beneath the surface blog

  1. On Our Desk: Subbing Out Stone Supply

    We have a confession to make… in the process of creating backlit features, not everyone likes our stone sourcing process. As beautiful as our backlit onyx features turn out in the end, there are pain points along the way and selecting an onyx variety is sometimes one of them. While we’re scouring the world for […]

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  2. Backlit Wood Walls Nominated for Lighten Up! Award

    We are proud to announce that the backlit wood walls at the National Cancer Institute have been nominated for a lighting design award. The Lighten Up! LED Lighting Design competition is sponsored by Inhabitat, a popular design blog with a focus on sustainability. Our illuminated wood walls have been selected as a finalist and it […]

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  3. From the Field: Illuminating a Glass Portal in NYC

    GPI Design collaborated on a mock-up and then installation of a backlit recycled glass entry portal for a commercial office building in New York City. We are backlighting a dense recycled glass with significant natural variance and texture, which means that our backlighting solutions have to be responsive and flexible. The light blending strategies constantly […]

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  4. From the Field: Custom Backlit Onyx Furniture

    What a great experience working with the design team at Hickok Cole to develop these custom backlit onyx ottoman tops! Designed specifically for a lobby space in downtown Washington, D.C., these movable ottoman sets were envisioned to have a glowing white onyx finish against a cubic wooden base. Creating custom furniture pieces is always refreshing […]

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  5. From the Field: Building Backlit Onyx Elevator Cabs

    The GPI Design team flew out to San Francisco to build and then present a mock-up prototype for backlit onyx elevator cabs that we have been developing for quite some time now. Built and reviewed in under 72 hours, the trip was a whirlwind but it was so rewarding to see our renderings jump off […]

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  6. World’s Most Epic Material Library

    When you think of a library, typically, you think of a place in the community that houses books, newspapers, and even digital media. As designers we also think of material libraries where we store samples of all kinds of materials with various colors and textures. Often these samples are highly unorganized due to the fact […]

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  7. Celebrating Our Projects

    As we welcome 2013, the team at GPI has been reminiscing about our favorite backlit projects completed in the last year and brainstorming on what experiences we can take forward into the new year. From backlit 3Form desks in Cleveland to backlit exotic wood in Washington D.C. to a custom onyx barfront in Bahrain, here […]

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  8. Illuminated Resin and Wood Project Wins 3Form Award

    What a nice way to end a busy week here at GPI- we received our 3form award trophy for our work at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco! The backlit escalator walls at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco won the 3Form Best Public Space in Hospitality Award.  Designed by Indidesign and installed by the millworkers […]

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  9. Design for the Dead

    If we had to take a guess, we’re betting you wouldn’t put innovative design and tombstones in the same category. Getting lumped into the creepy-crawly seasonal hullabaloo of witches, vampires, ghosts, and zombies, these burial markers are more often thought of as haunting (and often terrifying) adornments of the dead, rather than physical embodiment of […]

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  10. Cafe Design Takes Simple Spin on Surface and Lighting Materials

    The words “integrated surfaces and light” fly around our office so much that we made it our tagline. And while the phrase has a specific meaning to our work in backlighting translucent surfaces,yesterday during lunch this Pinterest image sparked a conversation about other ways that designers manipulate surfaces and lighting. In this compact space design […]

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  11. Backlit Onyx Panels Provide Fresh Update to Venetian Oculus Bar

    The Oculus Bar at the Venetian Hotel is an icon of Las Vegas. Reflecting the Italian grandeur and charm of the city of Venice, the original design of the Oculus bar boasted Ionic columns, ornate statues, strong spatial divisions, and layers upon layers of color and form. When the design teams of Wilson Associates and […]

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  12. Innovative Applications of Natural Wood Material

    If you believe in the popular misconception that wood and other natural materials give rooms a “rustic” feel, think again! In the modern age, designers are finding innovative ways to introduce natural wood to the hospitality world without sacrificing a sleek, upscale aesthetic. You’re sure to love these unique applications of a very traditional material. […]

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  13. Color Psychology and Mood for Hospitality Interiors

    Color is a powerful device, and it is everywhere! For centuries, color has been used to influence human behavior due to its ability to evoke emotion and trigger the senses. In recent years, however, the art of color psychology has not only given interior designers control over your perception of a space, but your mood […]

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