beneath the surface blog

  1. Custom Backlit Onyx Dining Table – A Long Build Process

    After the initial exchange with the interior designers at Darrell Schmitt Design Associates back in the beginning of 2011, this backlit onyx dining table has slowly and steadily come to fruition.  GPI Design was originally intended to just provide the material for a backlit onyx tabletop for a private residence in the Middle East.  Four […]

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  2. GPI TWeekly Archive: Glass Walls

    This week, the GPI Design team is working with fluted glass panels for a custom backsplash project (you can see the picture HERE). So we paid special attention to glass panel designs shared on Twitter. We are particularly pleased to see the following clear glass walls applied in these extraordinary buildings.  As always, enjoy and […]

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  3. Design Trends: Perforated Surfaces

    In design, it’s not always what you add, but instead what you take away that makes the biggest impact. Case and point: perforations. This design trend has been taking off in all areas, and can be found on interior walls, ceilings, building exteriors, and even furniture. Unlike simply adding elements to create visual interest, this […]

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  4. GPI TWeekly Archive: Minimalist Houses, Less is More

    Come on, you must have dreamed about your Dream House. Neuschwanstein Castle? A Zen hut? This week, we are sharing four great examples of minimalist house we saw on Twitter. Let us know if you have any of the following reactions: 1. This is mine! 2. What am I? A monk? 3. Party time!   […]

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  5. GPI TWeekly Archive: Good Design Generates Positive Energy

    We love Twitter because we can always see the creativity and feel the enthusiasm in the design world, and that energy flow makes us want to keep moving forward. This week, we saw a couple of great museum designs and interesting lamps introduced by our “tweeps”. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did. […]

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  6. GPI TWeekly Archive: Wood Structures Gone Wild

    Structural wood designs were buzzing on Twitter this week! In these featured designs, the material is shaped, woven, formed, and layered into both spaces and objects. Metropol Parasol: Largest Wood Structure in the World tweet via @threefiftyneuro Pin It Lucien Pellat-Finet Shinsaibashi / Kengo Kuma & Associates “It was a collaboration between fashion and plant-likened […]

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  7. Textures in Sky + Onyx: Letting Nature Be Natural

    Maybe it’s time for more late night office sessions, the multitude of windows leads to endless inspiration! Playing with our backlit onyx samples late in the day, a quick glimpse out the window at the dramatic clouds reminds us why we love working with natural stone materials. Evening view from the GPI Design Westlake office […]

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  8. Design Inspiration: Hexagonal Trends

    As we voyage into 2012, the hexagonal geometric form is appearing everywhere. The way in which this relatively simplistic form can be manipulated into patterns, textures, and overall structures, makes it a popular and versatile choice for a graphic aesthetic. Here are some of our favorite uses of hexagons that create truly dynamic and intriguing […]

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  9. From the Field: Backlit Wood Panel Mock-Up

    For the National Cancer Institute project which we’ve been working on for months, GPI had the pleasure of presenting our mock-up of the very unique backlit wood system last week in Washington, D.C. Above: Initial project rendering by HOK Over three years ago, Bill Hellmuth of HOK envisioned these unique backlit feature walls to bring […]

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  10. 5 Tips for Designing with Backlit Onyx Panels

    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 the natural beauty of onyx: 1. Choose an onyx stone variety […]

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  11. Design Inspiration: Celestial Cardboard Lighting Fixtures

    Being in the lighting design industry, we here at GPI, just can’t resist when we discover a cool, new product that embodies light and a little original innovation. That being said, we thought we would share these cool new light fixtures that look more like celestial planets than pendant lights. Made from layers upon layers […]

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  12. Design Inspiration: Facet Trends

    Though it’s not a brand new emerging movement, the idea of facets has really caught on in all aspects of design. We have been and still are seeing a strong shift towards geometric prism motifs through all different media, a lot of which we find very inspiring and intriguing. This phenomena, while not necessarily cutting […]

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  13. Design Inspiration: Looking In

    This image on anArchitecture initially caught our eye on because of the elements of translucency, color, and light.  Upon meditation, we find it spurring broader design thoughts: interior vs. exterior, communal vs. private, closed vs. open, looking out vs. looking in, whole vs. part…. the interpretations are endless. Image credit: Anne-Laure Masion

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