Kalamazoo, MI – April 11, 2019 - 50 and Forward. North America’s premier manufacturer of high design site furniture, structures, accessories, and LED lighting marks a half century of growth with an appreciative look back and a forward focus on continued innovation in site furnishings for evolving outdoor spaces. Landscape Forms president and CEO Richard Heriford, says, “Turning fifty is a significant accomplishment for us, one that not too many companies can claim. In celebrating, we want to honor the heroes who made Landscape Forms and its success possible: our founder, visionary landscape architect John Chipman; his successor as president and CEO, and current Chairman of the Board, Bill Main, who led three decades of exponential growth; and generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, brothers and sisters whose work makes us who we are today.”
Founded in 1969, in the same year Apollo 11 landed on the moon, Landscape Forms has travelled light years in the fifty years since it began. From a small crew crafting benches in a back-yard garage to an industry leading manufacturer with hundreds of associates in four Kalamazoo, Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona facilities and sales offices worldwide, the company is focused on design innovation for all the ways people spend time outdoors: living, working, playing, learning, caring and travelling. In 2017 it achieved over $100 million in sales. Landscape Forms was the first in the site furniture industry to introduce integrated collections for targeted sectors, such as the urban transit core. It has formed design partnerships with an international roster of renowned design professionals and collaborated with them on award-winning products and collections. In addition to its Site Furniture division, the company has created three new business divisions: LED Lighting, which pioneers the design and development of environmentally responsive outdoor lighting; Studio 431, a custom solution division with major projects coast to coast, from parks and campuses to transportation facilities; and Structure, which provides adaptive structural solutions for creating outdoor destinations. The company has expanded its production capabilities; acquired compatible companies, including Kornegay Design, the Phoenix-based maker of high-design, handcrafted concrete planters; and extended its global outreach in sales and design. In its active commitment to the landscape architecture profession and the cultivation of the next generation of leaders, Landscape Forms hosts Roundtables on critical issues in the built environment, organizes and funds Xtreme LA charrettes for young practitioners and students, and supports the Landscape Architecture Foundation as a Leadership Circle benefactor.
Landscape Forms’ Chief Creative Officer, Kirt Martin, explains, “At a time in human history when more people than ever are moving into urban areas and turning to technology, the connection to nature in outdoor spaces is increasingly important, for physical and mental health and for social exchange and cohesion. We believe in the landscape architecture profession and its ability to shape the future and we believe that the solutions we provide really matter. For a current exhibit that envisions the streetscape of tomorrow, the Smithsonian Museum chose to include Landscape Forms’ GO OutdoorTable, a combination communal meeting place, touch-down work space, and technology hub for outdoor environments. To me, our work is about creating new opportunities like this that encourage people to get outdoors, support them in a variety of activities when they’re there, and help landscape architects fulfill their promise of beautiful, high-functioning and sustainable outdoor environments. We’re half a century old and, without question, our best work is yet to come.”
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, with manufacturing facilities in Kalamazoo and Phoenix, Arizona, and 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. The company was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the Top 15 Small Workplaces in the US.