Site Furnishings

Take Five

The Vaya Family offers a modern take on taking a break. A fresh interpretation of outdoor lounge furniture, Vaya chairs, benches and tables combine durability and aesthetics. Simply detailed frames are corrosion-resistant powder-coated aluminum. Tabletop, chair and bench seats and backs, are designed in 100% FSC Cumaru hardwood. Glass tabletops are also available in several variations. Each Vaya product has a substantial weight and feel for solid but versatile placement. Designed for years of use, Vaya goes indoors or out and is a perfect choice for outdoor living rooms, resorts and hotels, roof top decks, campus courtyards, and other gathering areas.

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Connect and Ride

Landscape Forms’ Connect 2.0 shelter is the result of a partnership between BMW Group Designworks and Landscape Forms design for Metro 40, a collection of streetscape and transit elements. The minimalist aluminum structure complements surrounding architecture with on- or off-the-grid layered LED lighting that offers a welcoming and visually comfortable experience. The ADA-compliant shelter is available in two sizes, and with multiple tempered glass and open panel configurations. Tempered glass, honeycomb aluminum panels, and aluminum louvered roof options create unique design statements that also address site requirements and climate conditions.

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Outdoor Office Outfitter

Outdoor furniture brand, Extremis, a renowned Belgian furniture design group with a collection of products that focus on gathering and celebrating life outdoors is now available to the North American Market through Steelcase. Outdoor furniture groupings set the stage for stimulating, office environments that promote performance with plenty of fresh air, daylight and biophilia.

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Get an [Outdoor] Life

Mounting scientific evidence suggests that unplugging from our electronic screens and plugging-in to nature may prove key to maintaining creativity, productivity and vitality—even sanity. In fact, an anecdotal study published in the Journal of Environment and Behavior, researchers found that immersion in natural settings correlated with enhanced cognitive performance—but only when subjects were free of screens and smart devices. Perhaps, it’s a matter of concentration/distraction, but it’s safe to say giving humans the benefit of nature is a good thing, even if it is just allowing easy access to the outdoors. Micro-events in biophilia, just a five-minute stroll, or a

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Rugged Modern

Available in North America through Landscape Forms, the Harpo lounge chair, chaise lounge and table are the newest additions to the Harpo family designed by Santa & Cole, a company renown for high design for the urban environment in the modernist tradition. It is a perfect partnership, says Landscape Forms President, Richard Heriford, “The Harpo elements are products of proven quality for commercial spaces that combine great design and great value.” They are heavy duty and straightforward, but also very sensitive and thoughtful design, says Kirt Martin, VP of design & marketing for Landscape Forms. Harpo elements have a slim profile, robust structure, and clean, simple fo

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Name that Tune—and Plant

A tasteful outdoor sound solution, Planter Speaker come in multiple planter styles, ranging from classic to ultra-modern design. Match a planter speaker with a masterfully designed landscape and the foliage becomes part of the soundscape. Directionality of sound can be controlled as well. The system connects a Sonos receiver with an amplifier via Wi-Fi.

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Seat Walls Breathe Life into Campus

The University of Michigan’s Gerstacker Grove, located on the north side of campus, features seat walls that breathe new life into a previously underutilized area. A series of sleek, artistic seat walls at the University of Michigan—designed by Stoss to create a luxurious and lively quad that can accommodate performances, events and everyday activities— stand as an example of the endless possibilities with custom precast concrete. The stunning Gerstacker Grove, located on the university’s north campus, breathes new life into an underutilized area—where previously the most notable features were well-worn footpaths in the grass. After months of construction, the $6.9 million project has been r

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WAC Landscape Lighting

The Scoop landscape bollard serves as both a hardscape accent and functional pathway luminaire. The IP66-rated fixtures are sealed for protection against high-pressure water jets, making them suitable for use where irrigation systems are in place.

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