Kalamazoo, MI – July 22, 2021 – Landscape Forms, North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-design site furniture, structure, LED lighting, and accessories, introduces Take-Out, a modern and more versatile offering in the popular connected seating table category.
“For nearly forty years, the Carousel table with attached seating has been one of Landscape Forms’ best-selling products—it’s robust, anchored and designed to withstand the rigor of the highest-traffic outdoor spaces,” says Landscape Forms Chief Creative Officer, Kirt Martin. “So with Take-Out, we wanted to build on this connected seating dining table category by creating something a bit lighter in scale, something a bit more nimble that affords landscape architects more freedom in its arrangement.”
Designed by Rodrigo Torres, Take-Out brings modern refinement, simplified lines and improved versatility to the attached seating category. “The beautiful challenge was to create something simple, powerful, bold, iconic, with strong value and able to be manufactured in the US,” describes Torres. “So with Take-Out we used the minimum amount of shapes to achieve the maximum effect—a structure that’s robust in its construction, flexible in its function, fluid in its simplicity and playful in its attitude.”
Light enough to be picked up, arranged and rearranged, Take-Out opens up new ways for people to connect in outdoor spaces—face-to-face or abreast, an intimate chat or a large group gathering. Five different silhouettes—a single, double, triple, left triple and right triple —can either stand alone or work together in myriad arrangements.
“It’s about creating options for both ‘me space’ and ‘we space’ across a range of scales,” continues Martin. “The single-seater, that’s ‘me space.’ But if you arrange them face-to-face or side-by-side, all of a sudden that becomes ‘we space.’"
Placed side-by-side, Take-Out can form a long run of seating and surface for group meals, meetings or brainstorming sessions. Arranged in a grid, Take-Out makes for a lively outdoor café atmosphere. Arranged face-to-face, Take-Out can form an ever-expandable communal picnic table. One-sided tables are especially suited to maximize the usability of edge spaces or spaces abutting walls and dividers.
Take-Out’s minimalist form is designed to maximize its function, comfort and accessibility. With powdercoated sheet metal tops and extruded aluminum verticals, Take-Out’s design and component materials are simple, concise and intended to make a compelling visual statement with a strong value proposition. Contact points are fitted with nylon glides for enhanced mobility and durability in rearranging. Elegant details like gently curved edges eliminate pressure points on the elbows and behind the knees while also lending Take-Out a warm, welcoming gesture. Easy entry from either side or from behind makes ingress and egress simple and intuitive even with other occupants at the table.
“It’s always a compelling feature when you can easily adapt a single product to achieve totally different and discrete outcomes, so we put a lot of design energy into how Take-Out works intelligently as a system,” says Kirt Martin. “And I think what we’ve achieved is pretty significant. With Take-Out, you can simply create arrangements that run the gamut of seating and surface needs. It’s an important tool that I can see being used in all sorts of contexts ranging from adaptable outdoor dining spaces to flexible breakout spaces in the office or on campus.”
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 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.
About Rodrigo Torres
As a graduate student at the prestigious Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, Rodrigo Torres discovered a connection between his Latin American cultural and modernist design influences and the school's emphasis on design as storytelling. Torres' diverse portfolio of products, from Landscape Forms' Torres lights to smart faucets, furniture, pencil sharpeners, and toys, reflects a design imprint that marries the whimsical with the rational. The honest, sleek aesthetic of Torres' products pays tribute to another great influence in his life, Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni, with whom he studied and worked. Design by Rodrigo Torres was founded in 2004, and while Torres works with clients around the world, his studio remains in his native Colombia. He has collaborated on award-winning designs with companies including Alessi, Poliform, Oras, Cassina IXC, Nike, Microsoft, Domodinamica, and Potocco. In 2016, Torres received the Red Dot Award for Il Bagno Alessi SENSE smart faucets by Oras and the Lapiz de Acero design award in 2005, 2008, and 2016. Torres' work has been recognized in publications and exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and his design influence is expanding through his role as a visiting professor and project leader in Domus Academy's Product and Interactive Design Program and as a visiting professor at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin.