beneath the surface blog

  1. History Encapsulated at Omni Dallas Hotel & Convention Center

    Newspapers, often considered an ordinary, universal object around the world, are one of the most extraordinary types of documentation of life and society. There are few mediums that can physically capture a tragic moment, a joyful celebration, or a life-changing event in a style that relates to people of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic groups […]

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  2. The Edible Garden: Flipping the Notion of the Front Lawn

    For centuries, Americans have maintained a faithful relationship with the front lawn, that treasured strip of greenery that delineates the boundary line between the home and the street. As time progresses, however, the lawn has no longer become a symbol of status or wealth, but a symbol of cultural conformity; a way to assess whether […]

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  3. Same Trends Apply for Fashion and Architecture in 2012

    The summer solstice yesterday may have prompted you to take a look around at the clothing, shoes, and accessories for summer 2012; there is no doubt that making a bold statement is the ultimate trend goal this season. From cut-outs, to geometric patterns, to colorblocking, to daring shades of green, dynamic pieces are popping up […]

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  4. Environmental Art for Interior Spaces: Local Artist Susie Frazier

    We’re thrilled to connect with Susie Frazier, Cleveland artist who engaged in sustainability even before it was cool.  As the interview unfolds, you’ll quickly realize that Susie’s genuine passion for natural materials as early as childhood has sustained her impressive artistic life. gpidesign: Do you have a personal design philosophy that unifies your artistic creations, […]

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  5. Deriving Architectural Inspiration from Onyx Materiality

    With numerous technological innovations that have revolutionized the construction industry, do natural materials remain a major source of inspiration for modern architects and designers? Though often treated as an applied finish or an afterthought, what if we re-frame our thinking about these natural building materials to allow their deeper roots to inform our designs? If […]

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  6. Painting Landscapes with Light: An Interview with Barry Underwood

    Fascinating uses of light never cease to capture our attention. Whether light is being used in a cool, new way via budding technology, or simply using its inherent ambient qualities to enhance surroundings in an unexpected way, the possibilities of light are endless. That’s probably why we were so drawn to the work of Barry […]

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  7. A White Space in Brilliant Colors: Interview with Interior Designer Noriyuki Otsuka

    Japanese interior designer Noriyuki Otsuka describes his design for Le Ciel Bleu, a boutique retail space located in Osaka, Japan, as “a white space in brilliant colors”.  The GPI team is excited to get in touch with Otsuka to learn more about his unique interpretation and approach to lighting design in this minimal retail environment. Pin […]

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  8. AIA Blog Off: History at the Heart of Design

    by Fallon Burgdorf and Caitlin Walsh for the American Institute of Architects #AIA2012 Blog Off During the week of March 25 – 31, architectural bloggers and design professionals create blog posts to discuss the topic: “Design Connects”. Everyone has a history. It is an integral part of our existence. History reminds us of where we’ve […]

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  9. GPI Tweekly Archive: The Design Industry Unites Beyond 140 Characters

    Who would have imagined that a single character in a tweet could have so much potential? The design community is taking advantage of the connective power of Twitter by linking their thoughts together with the use of hashtags.  Hashtags are topic-specific labels attached to tweets by simply typing the pound sign (#) within the body […]

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  10. GPI Tweekly Archive: The Wearing of the Green

    With March 17th fast approaching, we’ve got the color green on the brain.  So it’s no coincidence that the emerald color caught our eye in the social media stream this week. Instead of featuring tweets as we usually do in the “Tweekly Archive”, to really do justice to the color green this week we turned […]

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  11. GPI TWeekly Archive: Fun Pendant Lights

    We are all geared up and working hard on preparing some new lighting prototypes, so this week we were especially inspired by these interesting pendants on Twitter. HANG JACK PENDANT LIGHT BY PHILIPP SCHÖPFER AND DANIEL KLAPSING  “A handmade polished brass pendant light that offers 16 outlets from above for different kinds of bulbs.” tweet via @mocoloco […]

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  12. GPI TWeekly Archive: Skylight Brings in the Extra Amount of Natural Light

    The skylight designs in these four architectural spaces really caught our attention this week. Natural daylight is even and smooth, and it enhances the interior space. The best part is, it’s free! Have you ever incorporated skylight systems in your projects? How did they enhance the architecture? We’d like to see the pictures! Leave a […]

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  13. GPI TWeekly Archive: The Charm of Light

    We can never resist any creative and pretty designs associated with lighting, can we? “Kitchen Design Think Tank: Kitchen Garden“tweet via @TheKitchenMogul Pin It “Lighting for my studio project. #lightingdesign #playus” tweet via @meyers_erin Pin It “Astonishing: Step into Infinity at Tate Modern London. #Design #Lighting #Art” tweet via @oxkon Pin It “Video: Amazing combination of […]

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