designed by GGN.
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 Millennium 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.
Graceful geometry. Exuberant vitality. Charlie contributes to the sense of movement in vibrant public spaces. Tabletop and seats are floating planes connected, lifted, and supported by the swooping lines of legs that dance on the ground below. The oval form comfortably seats up to six people on two benches and supports social interchange as sitters face each other directly across the table.