by Shane Henson — June 8, 2012—Landscape Forms, an industry leader in integrated collections of high-design site furniture and advanced LED (light-emitting diode) lighting, has launched a new collection of landscape framing and furniture elements for a variety of urban spaces.
To produce this versatile collection, called UrbanEdge, the company partnered with Seattle-based Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), the recipients of the prestigious 2011 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture. UrbanEdge pairs GGN’s experience in designing urban spaces with Landscape Forms’ expertise in developing and manufacturing beautiful site furnishings that address issues in urban environments, says Landscape Forms.
According to the company, products within its UrbanEdge collection were designed to respond to the demand for more outdoor public areas with an interest in less formal, more welcoming spaces, and effective use of scarce available urban space. UrbanEdge is a tool for designers to create unique yet functional sites. It helps them construct places for orienting and organizing, resting and reflecting, meeting and greeting, people watching and taking in a view. It can be used to create curbside transit stops and “eddies” along sidewalks where people step in and out of the flow; to develop niches and focused social settings within larger spaces; and to enrich experience in outdoor spaces with dynamic and kinetic furniture elements that suit the way we interact today.
Landscape Forms says GGN designers took inspiration from the social interactions in many types of spaces—lunch rooms, living rooms, transit stops, and play grounds—and extracted their relaxed, informal spirit to design furniture elements that enliven them. The UrbanEdge family consists of the Max trellis; Jessie railing; Gus planter; Ollie small seat; Sophie large seat; Bernie bar-height seat; and Stella table. Frames include the trellis, railing system and planter. Core elements are the seating and table pieces that live within defined spaces and activate the core, enhancing the experience of place, says the company.