Site Furnishings

Park Transformation Creates Sense of Discovery

From a public landfill in the mid-1800s to a world-class public park in a Midwestern city of 100,000, South Bend, Indiana’s Howard Park has become the city’s marquee park. The park has undergone several iterations since its opening in 1899, but over the decades had fallen into disrepair. The park grounds and community center were aging and underused, and the ice rink no longer operational. That all changed in November 2019 when the community celebrated Howard Park’s transformation. Alliance Architects was selected to design the 13-acre park. Alliance Architects’ Bill Lamie, aia, the principal leading the project, tapped Landscape Architect Kevin Clark, from The Lakota

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The Missing Link

Link marks a new opportunity for designers to achieve the scalability, elegance and creative freedom of custom, one-off site furnishings with the added value and simplicity of off-the-shelf solutions. Its uniquely adaptable design and modular components easily accommodate the design and nuances of any given site, both physically and aesthetically. Its dramatic, modern aesthetics and virtually limitless configurations allow it to adapt to a diverse range of landscape and application.Key options include the inline or piano key orientation of the wood slats on the seats and backs, which allow for straight, mitered, arced or even serpentine arrangements. Two different radii for the arced piano k

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Seat Anyone?

The gently curved seat with a rounded back is designed for comfort, combining a high-end European look with American craftsmanship. The Uptown Chair by Beaufurn is ideal for food courts, pool areas and other locations seeking casual décor. The side chairs are stackable up to six high and come in six trending, muted tones, seen above.

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New Life for Used Plastic

Nardi, a company specializing in outdoor furniture, has always recycled its production waste; this practice led to the idea of recovering used plastic, “regenerating” it in a new life cycle based on the principles of the circular economy.The result is the Komodo EcoWall, designed by Raffaello Galiotto. This repositionable modular partition, made of “regenerated” resin, has been designed to separate outdoor spaces. The individual modules can be configured vertically and horizontally as required to create different layouts, enhance the aesthetic look of outdoor spaces and provide privacy. The structure has a recurrent elegant lattice pattern reminiscent of tree branches

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Human-Friendly Outdoor Compartmentation

Created as a means to help employers get their people outside for better biophilic experiences, in this time of healthcare improvisation, converting parking structures and tents to field hospitals to meet the surge of the COVID 19 virus, That said, don’t overlook the outdoors as a place to work more regularly—even with screens—Landscape Forms’ latest collaboration with Kem Studios the “Upfit” system may work well as a means of creating more human friendly partitioning.Essentially, Upfit is an adaptive structure allowing 100% naturally ventilated outdoor rooms that are equipped with power, light and semi-private partitions that could also include write-on b

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Looking Great at 50

Celebrating 50 years of designing solutions for outdoor environments, Landscape Forms introduces Generation 50, a line of benches and litter receptacles that according to Chief Creative Officer Kirt Martin, takes the best of the company’s classics and “interprets them in new ways and with new technologies. “In a sense, this line represents the second generation of Landscape Forms’ original products,” adds chief designer Robert Chipman, the nephew of John Chipman Sr., who founded the company in 1969. “We’re connecting our history to our future.” 

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All Natural

From Stone Forest is a set of unique benches: The Puzzle Bench features a modular set of alternating concave and convex cubes, carved from solid blocks of Antique Grey limestone. The Quad Bench is a parallelogram-shaped, part utilitarian, part modernist sculpture, available in Gregio Sandstone or Antique Grey Limestone. The Natural Boulder Fire Vessel offers rich patinas formed over millions of years that create a dramatic contrast with the saw cut and polished top surface. For use with a customized gas kit and tempered glass, available with a match-lit or electronic gas kit and light blue or black glass. 

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Scalable Comfort

The Nova C Recliner is a lounge variant of the Nova C Back, made in an ergonomic, body-conscious design that fits a reclined seating position. The configurable winding Nova C Back allows grand seating in scale with grand indoor spaces. The bench shapes a seamless seating line for natural flow control, while the body-conscious contours ensure comfort. 

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Connecting People, Technology and Nature

The GO OutdoorTable brings integrated solar power to support formal and informal activities, individuals and groups, in a variety of postures. GO has a sleek and simple profile, a smooth, flat top that provides an ideal surface for writing, and rounded edges that offer a comfortable perch.

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Modern Bench

Nienkämper’s Perplex Bench is a unique and versatile seating solution created by industrial design group, Fig40. Officially introduced at NeoCon in Chicago, the bench is defined by a minimalist, gently sloped shape that adds sculptural flare to a variety of commercial, hospitality and residential spaces. The sloped bench also effectively prevents water from pooling on the surface of the bench. Made of Ductal, a ultra-high performance fiber reinforced concrete and durable cast aluminum components, the bench is suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications. 

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