Escofet was founded in Barcelona, Spain in 1886 as a manufacturer of cement tiles for architectural application and is recognized throughout the world for design innovation in urban elements and site amenities. The company works closely with designers to create the highest quality cast stone, wood and Corten steel products, including benches, bollards, light fixtures, tree grates, drinking fountains and pavers. It has a long tradition of work with elite architects and artists from Antonio Gaudi and Joan Miro, to Ricardo Bofill, Arata Izozaki, Jean Nouvel and Richard Rogers. Escofet's mission is to enhance the quality and appearance of public spaces, encouraging greater use of the urban environment by installing creative, innovative products and systems. Today the company’s paving and streetscape products are signature features of Barcelona’s urban aesthetic.
TWIG is a system of modular cast stone benches that grows organically like tree branches. It has no conventional back or front, allowing 360° use. The basic TWIG module has three asymmetric arms with edges that share a common geometry, so modules can be added and “branched” in virtually limitless patterns. Based on close observation of how people interact in outdoor spaces, it is designed to encourage a range of social activity, from two people in conversation to the gathering of larger groups. Configurations can meander around tree trunks under canopy shade and can be used to create garden edging and low walls. TWIG is heavy weight, so it can be installed without anchorage, and its subtly rounded edges and gently acid-etched surfaces invite passers-by to take a seat.