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Design Team
Kirt Martin
Efrain E. Velez
Senior Designer
Landscape Forms partners with gifted design professionals to create outdoor furniture and accessories that address form and function in unique and intelligent ways. Our partners include architects, landscape architects, industrial designers and a leading multidisciplinary design firm. The products of our collaboration are celebrated for their beauty, quality and performance.
Kirt Martin
Vice President
Design + Marketing
Efrain Velez
Brian Revoir
Design Partners
Brian P. Revoir
Senior Designer
Yves Behar
Larry Kornegay
Robert Stern
Margaret McCurry
Robert Chipman
Jess Sorel
Andrea Cochran
Lionel Morrison
Santa and Cole
John Rizzi
Arno Yurk
Brian Kane
Rick Reeder
Kirt Martin
Kirt Martin is an industrial designer whose work has garnered numerous product design awards including the 2001 IDEA Award, multiple Good Design Awards, Best of NeoCon Silver Award 2007, Best of NeoCon Gold Award 2009 and 2011, and the Interior Design 2011 Best of Year and Spark 2011 awards. A graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design, he also studied at the Royal College of Art in London. He has served as senior designer for Steelcase Wood furniture and, most recently, directed all design activities at Turnstone, a division of Steelcase. With his high-level experience in commercial furniture design and marketing, Martin's background enhances the scope of the vision of Landscape Forms.
Brian P. Revoir
Brian Revoir served for 11 years as Senior Product Designer with Michael Graves Design Group/Michael Graves and Associates designing award winning products. He has extensive experience in the management of multiple projects bringing consumer products for major international companies from concept to market. Revoir holds a degree in industrial design from Rochester Institute of Technology and is a member of IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America).
Efrain E. Velez
Efrain Velez is a registered architect and product designer with a wide range of experince in the United States and abroad. His professional projects include large complex buildings and award-winning product and furniture designs for medical, hospitality, education and hi-tech industries. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin and Master's degrees in Industrial Design from the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan, Italy.
BMW Group DesignworksUsa
BMW Group DesignworksUSA provides design strategy, research, design development, sustainability consulting, brand communications, 3D modeling, and color, materials, and finish to many of the world's great brands. The creative partner to BMW Group, it also serves clients across diverse industires through studios in Los Angeles, Munich, and Singapore. The company designs a wide range of products from jets to computers and has an unparalleled understanding of consumers and the world of design that surrounds them. Hi-Glo lighting from the Metro40 collection for Landscape Forms has earned IDEA, ID Magazine Design Review, Green GOOD DESIGN and FX International Interior Design awards. In 2010, Fast Company magazine ranked DesignworksUSA as the world's "#1 Most Innovative Company in Design," and among the "Most Innovative Companies in 2010."
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd.
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd. is a landscape architecture practice with special experience in designing high-use landscapes in complex, urban contexts. Based in Seattle, GGN works throughout the Americas and Asia. Its projects are developed by designers with professional backgrounds in landscape, architecture, engineering, graphics, ecology, and other sciences. GGN's award-winning projects include Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millenium Park, which brings the ecology of Chicago's native prairie into a dense downtown neighborhood. For Landscape Forms GGN has designed the Maggie bench and Charlie table, and UrbanEdge, an integrated collection of site elements that looks at design and planning for the city center in a new way. Project awards include multiple ASLA National Design Excellence Awards and AIA/ASLA Honor and Merit awards for Design, and the 2012 Tucker Design Award. In 2011, GGN was the recipient of the Smithsonian's prestigious Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Award for Landscape Architecture.
Francisco Gomez Paz
Francisco Gomez Paz is an Argentina-born industrial designer who founded his Milan design office in 2004. Paz has developed products for leading design companies including Artemide, Driade, Luceplan, Olivetti and Sector. His work has received international awards, including the Good Design Award 2010, the Red Dot Award 2010, the Compasso d'Oro 2011 and, together with Alberto Meda, the 2011 First Prize of the Index Award for the Solar Bottle, which was selected for the MOMA's Study Collection. His FGP Collection for Landscape Forms is part of the company's Global 45 group of products designed for international application, manufactured with mass produced parts, and customized with regional materials.
Larry Kornegay
Larry Kornegay has been a working artist for forty years, bringing together his fine arts background and design skills in a multi-faceted design carer while continuing to work as a sculptor. In 1998 Kornegay's knowledge and love of concrete, design, landscape, and sculpture came together when he founded Kornegay Design, LLC, to produce a refined product line of landscape containers. The company, based in Phoenix, Arizona, brings an unsurpassed level of design, sophistication, and standard of craftsmanship to pre-cast concrete container design and production. Landscape Forms offers Larry Kornegay's large, elegant case concrete Larkspur planters.
Yves Behar / Fuseproject
Yves Béhar is the founder of fuseproject, a San Francisco based design agency contributing to areas that include technology, furniture, sports, lifestyle and fashion. Béhar brings a humanistic approach to his work with the goal of creating projects that are deeply in-tune with the needs of a sustainable future, connected with human emotions and which enable self-expression. In Landscape Form's MultipliCITY, Béhar has designed a collection of mass production and custom materials and configurations. The result is a system that in internationally savvy, locally resonant, and perfectly suited for the global market.
Landor Associates
Landor is a branding creation and strategy company founded in 1941 by Walter Landor, widely regarded as the father of branding. The firm, renamed Landor Associates, has offices in Asia, Europe, and South America, and has earned acclaim for creating some of the world's strongest brands including FedEx, BMW, BP, Citi, KFC, JAL, PepsiCo and the new logo for the World Trade Center. Long a specialist in packaging design, the company recently ren-entered the product design arena with a 2014 Cannes Lion award-winning product: a recycling receptacle designed for the Central Park Conservancy, engineered and manufactured by Landscape Forms. The Conservancy Recycling System is now offered exclusively by Landscape Forms as a standard product.
Robert A.M. Stern
Robert A.M. Stern is a wholly owned subsidiary of industry leader Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP. Working in the traditionof architects from Frank Lloyd Wright to Alvar Aalto, the firm designs products grounded in tradition and informed by the spirit of innovation, produced and marketed by leading manufacturer partners with outstanding reputations for quality, performance and service. The Concord site furniture collection for Landscape Forms reflects Robert A.M. Stern's commitment to design that is informed by the past and contemporary in spirit. The collection's 'modern traditional' idiom expands Landscape Forms' vocabulary of design.
Frog Design
Frog Design applies its world class talent to address the challenges of companies competing in rapidly changing marketplaces and is distinguished by its process of concurrent, multidisciplinary innovation, which rapidly delivers high impact products, services and brand enhancements. Frog has designed some of the market’s most significant products, including the Sony Trinitron, the Apple Computer and Disney Cruise Lines. Headquartered in California’s Silicon Valley, it has additional offices in the US and Germany. The 35 Collection created in collaboration with Landscape Forms is the first integrated site furniture collection designed specifically to foster social interaction in outdoor spaces.
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.
Margaret McCurry, FAIA, ASID, IIDA
Margaret McCurry is an architect, Chicago native, and graduate Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. In 1982 she merged her architecture and interiors practice to form Tigerman McCurry Architects, a firm committed to the creation of a contemporary and authentically American architecture and the recipient of seven national AIA awards. McCurry's work focuses on residential architecture and interiors. Lakeside benches and receptacles and Windmark chairs, table and ottoman for Landscape Forms reflect themes and idioms explored in the architecture. She is a member of the INterior Design Hall of Fame, was named "Designer of Distinction" for 2002 by ASID and an "Icon of Design" by Traditional Home Magazine in 2009. Her Lakeside Collection received Interior Design Magazine's Best of the Year Award in 2006.
Robert Chipman
Robert Chipman, ASLA has been designing award-winning furniture for Landscape Forms since the early 1990’s. A practicing landscape architect, he is founder and principal of Robert Chipman Landscape Architect in Austin, Texas. Chipman is an outdoorsman and climber dedicated to location sketching. His furniture design process is hands-on and sculptural, bringing expertise from a landscape architect’s point of view to the site elements that complement outdoor space. In addition to the IDEA award-winning Chipman chair and the growing Chipman line of seating and tables, his designs for Landscape Forms include the Plainwell and Austin benches, the Catena chair, Sorella planters, and the Solstice umbrella, winner of IDSA Gold & Best of NeoCon awards.
Jess Sorel
Jess Sorel's creative work demonstrates his passion for questioning the status quo. Formerly the design director at Metro Furniture/Coalesse, Jess established sorelstudio in the San Francisco Bay Area to provide product design, creative direction and design strategy services to its clientele. He thoroughly enjoys working with his clients to help achieve their creative and strategic objectives. Sorel's thoughtful approach is evident in the success of his many projects and product designs. Driven by an intense curiosity about the context in which objects are made and used, Sorel's primary focus is on understanding and interpreting the world around him, with an eye on the evolution of culture and technology and their impact on the way we live, work and play. Jess Sorel holds numerous design and utility patents and his work has been featured in Abitare, Azure, Blueprint, Contract, Domus, Dwell, Fast Company, I.D. Magazine, Interior Design and Metropolis.
Andrea Cochran, FASLA
Andrea Cochran is founder and principal of Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, based in San Francisco. In its work the firm sculpts and navigates space through a seamless integration of landscape, art and architecture, drawing boundaries with a controlled palette of materials to create permeable edges that blur the line between the natural and built environment. The firm has earned wide acclaim for its public, commercial and residential work, and it recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 ASLA Design Medal, the 2014 National Design Award in Landscape Architecture from the Smithsonian's Copper Hewitt National Design Museum, and multiple regional and national ASLA awards. The Cochran Lounge for Terrace Life, designed by Andrea Cochran, brings quiet elegance to high-end outdoor living and recreational environments.
Lionel Morrison, FAIA
Lionel Morrison's residential and commercial work has been consistently recognized with over 30 design awards. He has served on design juries throughout the Southwest and lectured at various universities and associations. He holds a design Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects and was named Distinguished Alumnus at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture in 1996, He received the Architectureal Award from the American Society of Interior Designers in 1997. Lionel holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. True to Morrison's architecture the new Landscape Forms Morrison Collection has simple lines and elegant shapes.
Santa and Cole
Santa & Cole is a company with vision and a strong point of view. Founded in Spain in 1985, the Spanish National Design Award winner acts as editor and mediator to bring to market exceptional furniture, objects and writing on design. Landscape Forms is the exclusive distributor of the Santa & Cole Urban Elements collection in the U.S. and Canada. These distinctive designs share the Landscape Forms vocabulary but have a vernacular all their own. Minimal, elegant in their simplicity and beautifully resolved, they introduce an international spirit to the Landscape Forms collection of outdoor furniture for public spaces.
Tuuci is a Miami-based company known for its design and manufacture of premier umbrellas and shade structures for high-profile outdoor environments. Founded more than 15 years ago by a designer and sailing enthusiast with decades of experience in the boatbuilding industry, Tuuci specializes in shade. Its products are valued by designers and clients alike for thier uncommon style, innovative engineering, attention to detail, marine-grade materials, and reliable performance in any environment.
John Rizzi
John Rizzi was educated in industrial design and learned from the masters by helping develop designs by Michael Graves, Neils Diffrient, Richard Sapper and Massimo and Leila Vignelli. He began his own practice in 1985 and over the past two decades has designed bike accessories, office furniture systems, lounge seating, tables and lighting for major national and international companies. Rizzi's design process is rigorous, analytic and self-critical. His work has won IDSA, APEX, Contract Magazine and NEOCON Best Products Gold and Silver awards. His designs for Landscape Forms include the Parc Vue bench and receptacle, Parc Centre tables and chairs, and the Parc Lounge chair and ottoman.
Arno Yurk, IDSA, AIA
Arno Yurk was Vice President of Design at Landscape Forms for 26 years prior to his retirement in 2012. He brought fifteen years of experience as a practicing architectto his role at Landscape Forms where his creative insight and expertise in the unique requirements of site furniture and its function in outdoor space significantly advanced the company's collaboration with leading international design partners. Arno, who holds several design patents, designed numerous signature Landscape Forms products including the Scarborough, Gretchen, Manistee and Petoskey benches and the Carousel table with attached seating which received an IDEA Bronze Award.
Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructure systems. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. For more than a century, company growth has been driven by innovation and a steady flow of new products with high added value. Legrand has a strong presence in North America, with a portfolio of well-know product lines including Wiremold®.
Brian Kane
Brian Kane established Kane Design Studio in San Francisco in 1989 following tenure as designer for Metropolitan Furniture, later acquired by Steelcase. Kane has designed several of Landscape Forms most popular and critically acclaimed benches including Presidio, Sonoma, Town Square, Washington Square, and Hyde Park, as well as the Annapolis bollard. His bench designs marry graceful curves with comfort and strength to meet the special demands of exterior seating. Hyde Park was awarded the APEX Commendation for design.
Rick Reeder, AIA, LEED AP
Rick Reeder is founder and principal of designStream, a full service firm specializing in architecture, planning and product design based in Winchester, MA. Reeder's work ranges from the design of corporate buildings and private residences to museum exhibitions and a South American Eco-community. His work has been exhibited at the Museum or Modern Art and his Push Pull Pin in the recipient of a Red Dot Award. The Reeder Illuminated Sign, Reeder Illuminated Bike Rack, and Paladin and Sentinel bollards for Landscape Forms are multi-functional wayfinding elements expressed in strong minimalist forms that beautifully compliment contemporary architecture and landscapes.