Landscape Forms Adds to Popular STRATA Line: The STRATA Beam Expansion Modular System
Kalamazoo, MI – March 16, 2022 – Landscape Forms, North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-design LED lighting, structure, site furniture, and accessories, announces a fourth and innovative addition to its popular STRATA line, the modular STRATA Beam expansion seating solution.
Designer Jess Sorel combines boldness and subtlety in the STRATA Beam’s interaction of materials—the strength of cast concrete is contrasted by the warmth of slatted wood surfaces. "As a whole, STRATA Beam offers the warmth and beauty of wood that people relate to, juxtaposed with Meldstone structural anchors that are thin in profile and sculptural in form,” says Chief Creative Officer, Kirt Martin. “Now with the modular STRATA Beam expansion, the already architectural presence grows to create runs and configurations that you couldn’t achieve in the past—U-shapes, zig-zags, crosses and fully enclosed hexagons and octagons just to name a few. It’s limitless.”
The STRATA Beam expansion enables designers and landscape architects to join STRATA Beam benches across a diverse array of configurations using Meldstone ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) bridge legs and three different angle connectors in 90°, 60° and 45°. Like other STRATA Beam benches, STRATA Beam expansion benches can be specified backed or backless and with any combination of end and intermediate arms.
Adding a modular dimension to the STRATA line reflects designers’ increasing desire for more adaptable site furnishings and more creative freedom to respond both functionally and aesthetically to site characteristics. "We’re enabling designers to create and build out their own kind of environments, assign their own social pinch points and stopping points, and arrive at an aesthetic that is uniquely their own,” says Senior Landscape Forms Designer, Brian Revoir.
The STRATA Beam expansion is supported by a detailed Planning Guide, offering examples of the different ways in which seating can be configured using the new modular system. The guide is by no means exhaustive, but rather a jumping off point intended to familiarize landscape architects with the mechanics and possibilities of how STRATA Beam’s new modular components work together.
About Landscape Forms
Landscape Forms is the industry leader in integrated collections of high-design site furniture, structures, accessories, and advanced LED lighting. Since its founding in 1969 Landscape Forms has earned a reputation for excellent design, high quality products and exceptional service. The company is headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and includes Kornegay Design, located in Phoenix, Arizona, and Loll Designs, in Duluth, Minnesota, in its family of brands. It has sales representatives throughout North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Asia. Landscape Forms collaborates with renowned industrial designers and consultancies, landscape architects, and architects to design and develop integrated collections of products that address emerging needs and help create a sense of place. Additionally, the company has formed global marketing partnerships with select companies that share its commitment to design. Landscape Forms has an installed base of products around the world. Clients include municipalities, transit centers, corporate, college and health care campuses; and familiar brand leaders such as Harvard University, Linked In, New York Central Park Conservancy, Bryant Park, Google, Coca Cola, Oculus, U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), Nike, National Museum of African American History (Washington, D.C.), Barclays Center, Adidas, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Microsoft, and Uber. We’ve been named one of the Best Workplaces in Manufacturing & Production for 2020 and 2021 by Fortune magazine, Michigan Manufacturer of the Year for 2020 by the Michigan Manufacturers Association, and by 269 Magazine as one of Southwest Michigan’s Wonderful Workplaces.
sorelstudio, located in the Denver Metro area, provides product design, creative direction and design strategy services to its clientele. Jess Sorel’s creative work lies at the intersection of his artful approach and uncommon technical understanding. Driven by his desire to understand the context in which objects are made and used, Sorel’s primary focus is on interpreting the world around him as the evolution of culture and technology impact the way we live, work and play. Sorel’s work has been recognized both domestically and internationally with numerous industry awards and has been featured in Abitare, Azure, Blueprint, Contract, Domus, Dwell, Fast Company, I.D. Magazine, Interior Design and Metropolis as well as many design blogs and online publications.