Multi-Media Installations

From the spoon to the city- GPA’s lega­cy in scale-defy­ing design inno­va­tion trans­lates direct­ly to ear­li­er works pro­duced in the exhi­bi­tion and instal­la­tion typolo­gies. Imag­i­na­tive and fan­tas­ti­cal in many ways, despite aes­thet­ic vari­ety, projects pro­duced aim to reveal and reform prac­tices and social exchanges between peo­ple and places.

Crystal Clear Exhibit


Cyclo­rama was con­ceived for the Crys­tal Clear Exhib­it at the 2009 Inte­ri­or Design Show in Toron­to, Cana­da. Gian­none Pet­ri­cone Asso­ciates was one of six design firms invit­ed to cre­ate an instal­la­tion show­cas­ing Swarovs­ki ® Crys­tals. The exhi­bi­tion was locat­ed in the show’s cen­tre aisle and was orga­nized by Azure Mag­a­zine and joint­ly spon­sored by CRYSTALLIZED ™ – Swarovs­ki Ele­ments, Audi and Azure. Danc­ing light on an embroi­dered, rotat­ing sur­face real­izes a nuanced con­ver­sa­tion between the real and the pro­ject­ed.

Cyclo­rama is a sus­pend­ed twen­ty-foot high ellipse with a taught, white mesh sur­face over which dance daz­zling crys­talline pat­terns in a spec­tac­u­lar array of mes­mer­iz­ing pat­terns. The ellipse is com­prised of a series of lay­ers start­ing with a white scrim stretched over an alu­minum frame. It encir­cles an inter­nal cylin­der embed­ded with three dif­fer­ent types of STRASS ® Crys­tals arranged in ver­ti­cal lines. The cylin­der hous­es a core of four tracts, with ten lights each, for a total of 40 lights. As the cylin­der rotates on a motor­ized, chain-dri­ven sys­tem, the light source serves as a sta­tion­ary pro­jec­tor, refract­ing light through the crys­tals onto the screen to ampli­fy a rich tapes­try of pat­terns.

Toronto International Film Festival

Mongrel House

For Italy’s indus­try debut at the 2016 Toron­to Inter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val, Gian­none Pet­ri­cone Asso­ciates cre­at­ed a dream space that tem­porar­i­ly occu­pied the west gar­den at Mon­grel House. SOGNI D’ORO was designed to pro­voke the imag­i­na­tion to con­sid­er end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties over meet­ings, espres­so, and aper­i­ti­vo under the pat­terned sun­light that makes its way through dense sta­lac­tites of white net­ting.

The 30’ x 45’ tent was trans­formed by the lay­ered swag­ger of 6,100 square feet of white snow camo net­ting rigged with nylon and pinned with plas­tic zip-ties. Shel­ter­ing a space that invit­ed users for a slow escape from the pace of the fes­ti­val, the jux­ta­po­si­tion of time and rhythm framed the basis of the instal­la­tion. By day, the instal­la­tion was a shad­ed meet­ing space for Ital­ian Trade Com­mis­sion indus­try part­ners marked by large-scale gold let­ters that encom­pass the bar and lounge seat­ing and spell out “SOGNI” — the Ital­ian word for dreams. By night, illu­mi­nat­ed by a con­stel­la­tion of dra­mat­ic LED lights, the instal­la­tion trans­formed into Mon­grel Media’s leg­endary par­ty space.

Interior Design Show


Com­mis­sioned as a fea­tured space for the 2002 Inte­ri­or Design Show, Toron­to, re:treethouse was designed as a post‑9/11 archi­tec­ture of ‘retreat.’ A retreat from every­day life, the mod­el suite pre­sent­ed a place for refuge and enjoy­ment, and an escape from the duties of adult­hood. Return­ing to a place of nos­tal­gia, the Tree­house was both a retreat in con­ven­tion and in func­tion.

Interior Design Show

Welcome Mat

In the spir­it of a con­ver­sa­tion pit, Wel­come Mat is designed to pro­voke mul­ti­ple sce­nar­ios of social encounter.  Cre­at­ed for Bisaz­za, Milano, it is artic­u­lat­ed in com­plex tex­tile pat­terns ren­dered in lus­cious glass micro mosa­ic for which Bisaz­za is known. The social “barge” is posi­tioned to har­ness vis­i­tors at the entrance of the Inte­ri­or Design Show — at the crux of its Baroque, tri­dent plan — where the instal­la­tion rolls the prover­bial cer­e­mo­ni­al red car­pet. The bands of glass fab­ric scrunch and wrin­kle to form var­i­ous types of seat­ing, lean­ing, and stand­ing ele­ments against which inti­mate and col­lec­tive social scenes unfold.