About 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.
Austin blends modernist inspiration into a new interpretation that’s as timely as today. The Austin Bench, designed by landscape architect
Robert Chipman, is a study in beautiful balance.
Inspired by architecture of the 20s and classic
modern furniture of the 50s, it expresses familiar
themes in thoroughly contemporary terms. Austin
balances lightness and substance, is relaxed, yet
refined, poised but never boring. The cantilever version
is a natural for minimalist spaces, the four-legged
version a fine fit within a range of architectural styles.
Composed of minimal parts, (just two extrusions create
the seat and back in all versions) Austin masters
the details, from its tapered slats to the lovely winged
shape of its end piece. In aluminum or wood Austin
is a high-design solution — and a breath of fresh air —
for corporate and healthcare courtyards, atria,
small-scale public places, and private retail space.