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Jess Sorel speaks about the design story of STRATA.

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Landscape Forms was featured in Monday Morning Quarterback. Read the entire article here.

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MultipliCITY, Landscape Forms newest product was featured recently on Read the article here.

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Landscape Forms was featured in Monday Morning Quarterback. Read the entire article here.

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Design West Michigan, a non-profit organization that promotes design awareness and design-focused businesses in Western Michigan, produced a video about design at Landscape Forms. This is the third in their ‘Case for Good Design” series, following Haworth and Whirlpool.

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#1 Less May Be More


An improved visual experience does not necessarily mean more light. A truly great visual experience involves vertical illuminance and the human interaction with color rendering, a proper level of contrast, and a minimum amount of glare. Because LED lighting is controllable, it is possible to design a more optimal system for a great visual experience.



#2 Why Do You Want LED’s?



Energy efficiency, reduced maintenance, opportunity for dimming controls and the fact LED’s are non-toxic and contain no mercury or lead. All of these examples may be worthy of consideration but the question is, are they important to you?



#3 Your Results May Vary



The breadth of results will vary greatly and you should not base your reputation on chance. LED products are not created equal and the mere thought that LED’s automatically give you benefits couldn’t be farther from the truth. LED’s are very different than traditional HID lamps and the luminaires that embrace them must be designed very differently. Thermal management, circuit architecture and optical delivery are all part of the recipe towards a great result. It’s true that LED technology can be energy efficient and have a very long life. However, the quality of components and the luminaire design are crucial to realizing these benefits and this doesn’t happen by accident.



#4 Give a Hoot – Don’t Pollute



Light pollution is the unnecessary and abundant use of light. The directional nature of LEDs present a unique opportunity to reduce some of that light pollution, by putting light only where it is needed. LED fixtures offer increased efficiency over traditional “bulb based” light sources that emit light in all directions.



#5 When The Moon Hits Your Eye…



Light pollution has become an inescapable part of modern life. While the cost in dollars and CO2 emissions is very high, the most valuable thing we may be wasting is our own well-being. Our bodies are designed to experience changing from day to night, light to dark. The use of LED lighting gives us the ability to dim light levels when it is not needed and instantly increase the amount of light if needed. The acceptance of LEDs and the adoption of advanced control systems will go a long way to reducing the negative effects that this world wide experiment in over illumination has created.


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Both Tony the Tiger and Leo the light are “GR-R-REAT!” in their own unique ways, but they also have one very important thing in common. No, being made in Michigan is not what is being talked about (but that is pretty great), they both use Fact Labels to help consumers make educated decisions on what products to purchase.

Everyone is familiar with the Nutrition Facts Label present on our packaged food that helps decide if the great tastes of Tony’s Frosted Flakes are worth the 9g of sugar.

You may not however, be familiar with the Department of Energy’s Lighting Facts Labels that helps us see what’s really going on inside the LED lighting we buy. The Lighting Facts label provides a quick first look at the aspects of lighting that are frequently considered by people purchasing or specifying LED Lighting. Things like how efficient an LED fixture is, or what is the lamp color (CCT), or how well it can reproduce colors (CRI) are all displayed on the label in a clear, concise manor. This is not just for large outdoor fixtures like LEO, you can see the label on LED fixtures and replacement lamps at your local home improvement store as well.


One major difference between The Nutrition Facts Label and Lighting Facts is that while companies are required by law to display nutritional information, the DOE’s Lighting Facts Label is operated on a voluntary, application basis. Only manufacturers willing to divulge their testing data and have it verified by an independent lab and the DOE can receive the official Lighting Facts Label. Landscape Forms is happy to say that all of lighting products proudly display the Lighting Facts Labels.
LEO, the company's most efficient LED light, won a 2012 Next Generation Lighting (NGL) Design Competition award. LEO won a "Recognized" award in the streetscape lighting category. It was one of just 37 lighting products out of 176 submissions to pick up an award at the annual Strategies in Light Conference held in Februrary in Santa Clara, CA. The LEO luminaire was designed by John Rizzi and engineered by Landscape Forms lighting engineers.
Landscape Forms has no affiliation or connection with Kellogg’s or Tony the Tiger®. We do love Frosted Flakes though.

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UrbanEdge, a collection of landscape framing and furniture elements for urban spaces is designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN). UrbanEdge pairs GGN’s experience in designing urban spaces with Landscape Forms’ expertise in developing and manufacturing beautiful site furnishings that address issues in urban environments; built to perform and endure under conditions of heavy urban use.

UrbanEdge responds to the demand for more outdoor public areas with an interest in less formal, more welcoming spaces, and effective use of scarce available urban space. UrbanEdge is a tool for designers to create unique yet functional sites; defining edges and turning dead corners into outward oriented settings that interface with the urban fabric. It helps designers construct places for orienting and organizing, resting and reflecting, meeting and greeting, people watching and taking in a view. It can be used to create curbside transit stops and “eddies” along sidewalks where people step in and out of the flow; to develop niches and focused social settings within larger spaces; and to enrich experience in outdoor spaces with dynamic and kinetic furniture elements that suit the way we interact today.

GGN designers took inspiration from the social interactions in many types of spaces – lunch rooms, living rooms, transit stops, and play grounds and extracted their relaxed, informal spirit to design furniture elements that enliven them. UrbanEdge family consists of MAX Trellis; JESSIE Railing; GUS Planter; OLLIE Small Seat; SOPHIE Large Seat; BERNIE Bar Height Seat; and STELLA Table. Frames include the trellis, railing system and planter. Core elements are the seating and table pieces that live within defined spaces and activate the core, enhancing the experience of place.

UrbanEdge family members are multifaceted and work together in multiple combinations. UrbanEdge was created by designers for designers. Its focus is on the functionality of spaces and facilitates a wide range of activities. The suite of furnishings can be combined in inventive ways to energize outdoor settings and provide varied opportunities for people to interact within the same space over time. UrbanEdge is a dynamic resource for maximizing under-leveraged urban space, designing vibrant, integrated urban settings and creating a sense of place.

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frog design works with some of the world’s leading companies such as Disney, GE, HP, Intel, Microsoft, MTV, Qualcomm, Siemens, and many other Fortune 500 brands, helping them to design, engineer, and bring to market meaningful products and services. Founded in 1969, frog has an interdisciplinary team of more than 1,000 designers, strategists, and software engineers. They work across a broad spectrum of industries, including consumer electronics, telecommunications, healthcare, energy, automotive, media, entertainment, education, finance, retail, and fashion.

Sit, Stay, Mix, Mingle, Pitch, Shade and Chill were introduced a few short years ago as Landscape Forms’ first large collection of products. The product family was styled to visually and functionally work together like a real family, in that the products are styled in a similar fashion without being too matchy/matchy.

The 35 Collection launched our company’s thinking about placemaking and integrated product solutions.

The success of the 35 Collection has created award winning installations throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East for college campuses, streetscapes, corporate environments and entertainment venues.

Our new design project with frog will add exciting new products to the original collection with state of the art thinking about new materials, new technologies, and new manufacturing techniques. New products will be an extensive lighting group, bollards and bike parking.

Expansions to the 35 Collection will be available in the first quarter of 2014.

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Fifteen tips for Placemaking

You recognize a great place when you arrive. It’s full of people engaged in group or individual activities. You feel pulled in and want to linger; to grab a seat, read a book, knit a row or simply people watch.

It’s a science and an art

Like so many things in life, Placemaking is part science and part art. The science begins with gathering input from those who have a high probability of using the space; people whose work brings them close and people who live in the area. It continues with rough formulas for the number of tables and chairs, amount of green space vs. hard surfacing and programmed versus non-programmed activities.

The art form begins with good design both beautiful and functional to provide the bones for the researched activities. Finishing touches like seating, receptacles signage, logos and even fresh flowers in the ladies room combine to create a sense of place. The folks at Project for Public Spaces (PPS) have proven that people behave better in places that are well-designed, detailed and maintained.

Show me, don’t tell me

A popular and favorite location for visiting is Byrant Park. It’s no secret that this former wasteland of deviant behavior has been masterfully transformed into one of the great public spaces in the world.
Here are 15 Placemaking tips easily spotted in Bryant Park:

  1. Create an oasis amidst the clamor
  2. Bring green space to the city
  3. Expand boundaries to invite engagement
  4. Pleasantly communicate park guidelines
  5. Include touchable water features
  6. Randomly arrange movable seating
  7. Add community desired activities like ping pong
  8. Combine branding, fun and cleanliness
  9. Support active and passive behaviors
  10. Turn barriers into welcome mats
  11. Add family activities
  12. Move the library outside
  13. Provide food and beverages; possibly recruit Corporate Sponsors
  14. Train maintenance and security crews as ambassadors
  15. Pay attention to every detail

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Many of us grew up believing if you wanted more light, you needed a higher wattage light bulb. LED technology has changed the traditional way of thinking because they are capable of more efficiency than ever before, allowing us to get more light from fewer watts. This has made it an exciting time for LED lighting, which is revolutionizing the lighting industry and changing how we light spaces.

The best LED lighting solutions incorporate design, technology and ecology to provide the best visual experience. Hi-Glo™ incorporates each of these factors to provide the best visual experience possible. Landscape Forms won the 2010 Green GOOD DESIGN Award for its Hi-Glo and Lo-Glo pedestrian and pathway lighting from the Metro40 Collection of integrated site furnishings designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA.

The GOOD DESIGN program was founded in Chicago in 1950. It remains the oldest and most important Awards Program worldwide. This is the fourth year a very specialized edition of the GOOD DESIGN was developed. Its purpose is to emphasize the importance of sustainable design and to develop a public awareness program to the international general public about which companies are concentrating on sustainable design for our world environments.

For Green GOOD DESIGN, hundreds of submissions were received from around the world. Members of The European Center’s International Advisory Committee—worldwide leaders in the design industry—served as the jury and selected over 120 products, programs, people, government, environmental planning, and architecture as outstanding examples of Green Design from 27 nations.

As LED technology has advanced, so has Hi-Glo™. These advancements include the latest LED chip technology producing 75% more lumens per watt than the original, 48% more lumen output and a reduced energy consumption of 14%.

Hi-Glo’s™ many other advancements include Landscape Forms’ proprietary Awen™ optics giving you more aiming angles and less glare than ever before and a redesigned circuit architecture to provide longer lasting constant current technology. Hi-Glo™ continues to impress by including surge protection, smoother dimming control, easier terminal block installation, and a 6-year warranty.

This updated version of Hi-Glo™ keeps the same elegant design aesthetics, the same integrated but replaceable LED cartridge and the same 3500°K warm white color temperature as the original but it adds the latest in technology. These latest advancements in design, technology and ecology resulted in the new and improved Hi-Glo™ being one of most advanced, reliable, and sought after outdoor pedestrian lights available!

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Rodrigo Torres is a Colombian born Industrial Designer working in Milan, Italy. Torres has been invited by Landscape Forms to work on a new collection, and to collaborate with our in-house Design Team. He finds inspiration in many sources; life in all its manifestations, social rituals, collective memory. Honesty is his biggest mantra, and both his work and list of clients are evidence of this. He has worked for major international companies such as Alessi, Poliform, Nike, Microsoft (with MNML), Domodinamica, Potocco and Busso among others. Torres won the "Lapiz de Acero" design award with Morfeo and Manta chair in 2005 and 2008. The Design and Engineering team look forward to a great collaborative relationship with his talent and strong personal voice for future projects.





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We are happy to announce the introduction of the Escofet Collection, cast stone site elements from the Barcelona-based company renowned for its manufacture of contemporary designs by leading architects and artists. Landscape Forms is now the sole representative of Escofet products in the United States and Canada. While some of you may be familiar with Escofet, you may not know their story.

Escofet was founded in Barcelona, Spain in 1886 as a manufacturer of hydraulic tiles: indoor paving elements made of cement in which pigment is pressed into the surface as the tile is formed in a hydraulic press. Up to the 1920s, tiles made in this way were the ultimate high end flooring in the palaces of the tsars, ceremonial government buildings, and avant garde architecture, notably in the work of the renowned Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi. In 1904 Gaudi designed the iconic six-sided tile with subtle reliefs of botanical and animal shapes that is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and now, adapted to outdoor spaces, fills the broad pedestrian zones of Barcelona’s Paseo de Gracia.
In 1916 Escofet began manufacturing outdoor paving elements for streetscapes and by mid century its cast stone pavements had become signature features of Barcelona’s urban aesthetic. In the early 1970s the company entered the building sector, creating reinforced cast stone panel facades for pre-fabricated construction – and at the end of the decade it made its debut into streetscape furniture with cast stone benches designed by leading Spanish architects. From the beginning, Escofet collaborated with forward-looking architects and artists who designed its products and used its standard and custom architectural and streetscape products on their projects. In addition to Gaudi, the company’s collaborators, whom it calls “authors,” include the artist Joan Miro and internationally celebrated architects Ricardo Bofill, Arata Isozaki, Jean Nouvel, Richard Rogers and Bernard Tschumi.
In 1992 Escofet provided products and expertise on multiple large-scale projects for the Olympic Games in Barcelona and began its continued role as provider of paving and streetscape furniture in the city’s re-urbanized zones, for which it has been awarded the National Design Prize. The company is under contract to create structural columns for the realization of Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. For more than two decades Escofet has grown its collection of furniture for streetscape and landscapes with a wide range of products that bring together architecture and nature, an affinity for material expression and a delight in fresh and surprising form.
Escofet is a partner with a long and impressive history, a reputation for innovative design, and deep expertise in research, material invention and industrial production. We share a belief in design as the core of our mutual enterprises and a commitment to the highest standards of production. Our most cosmopolitan and discriminating clients will recognize the Escofet name. It is now our pleasure to make Escofet products available to them from Landscape Forms, a company they know and trust, with the full service, warrantee and pledge of satisfaction they rely on.

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