Landscape Forms Introduces Perisphere, a new bench from Design Partner Santa & Cole Urbidermis, designed by James Corner Field Operations
Kalamazoo, MI – December 5, 2019 – Landscape Forms, North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-design LED lighting, site furniture, structure, and accessories, is pleased to introduce the Perisphere bench, the latest addition to the company’s wide selection of outdoor seating solutions. Perisphere is a tribute to the iconic New York City park bench designed by Robert Moses and Kenneth Lynch for the 1939 World's Fair. That bench design quickly became one of the most prevalent and beloved fixtures of the city, cementing itself as an icon of New York life. Perisphere is inspired by the architectural symbol of that Fair, a tremendous 180’ diameter sphere that housed Democracity, a diorama depicting a utopian city of the future.
Perisphere’s design is a collaboration between James Corner Field Operations (JCFO), the renowned New York landscape architecture studio behind the High Line, and Santa & Cole Urbidermis, an award-winning designer of outdoor site furnishings and long-time partner of Landscape Forms. JCFO was tasked with reinterpreting and updating this icon of their city in a way that captures the character of the original design while bringing new levels of functionality, ergonomic appeal, and durability.
"Over our 10-plus year partnership with Santa & Cole Urbidermis, we’ve had the privilege of working with some of the world’s most preeminent designers — and the process behind Perisphere was no exception," says Landscape Forms Site Furniture & Structure President, Robb Smalldon. "With JCFO’s significant design expertise, the end result is a site furnishing that not only tells an important story, but also employs contemporary, elegant design and engineering relevant to wide range of urban landscapes.”
The signature curve of its arms gives Perisphere a presence that is at once robust and stylized. Standing alone, it is a bench designed for individual use, but when conjoined it can create benches and banquettes of various compositions -- with or without backrests. “Today’s seating experiences require more flexibility, more versatility,” notes Landscape Forms Chief Creative Officer, Kirt Martin. “Perisphere is completely modular, so it’s at-home in both an intimate garden and a busy public space. It gives our customers the multi-functionality and adaptability they need to bring their unique designs to life.”
Perisphere’s arm and leg structure is cast from aluminum completed with a powdercoat finish. The seat and backrest are made of thick solid wood slats, available in exterior and interior wood types, in variable lengths of 59”, 117”, and 175”. Perisphere mounting comes standard with freestanding/surface mount supports. All benches are ship disassembled and are assembled on-site.
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.
About James Corner Field Operations
James Corner Field Operations is a leading-edge landscape architecture, urban design and public realm practice based in New York City and London. The practice is renowned for strong contemporary design across a variety of project types and scales, from large urban districts and complex post-industrial sites, to small well-crafted, detail design projects. In all of the work, there is a special commitment to the design of a vibrant and dynamic public realm, informed by the ecology of both people and nature. In 2010, Field Operations received the prestigious National Design Award. Other awards include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Design and the Daimler-Chrysler Award for Design Innovation.
Major projects include the design of the High Line, New York City; Fresh Kills Park, Staten Island; City Center, Las Vegas; Shelby Farms Park, Memphis; The Race Street Pier, Philadelphia; Civic Center Parks, Santa Monica; Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London; Chicago’s Navy Pier; Qianhai Water City, China; Central Waterfront, Seattle; and the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront in Hong Kong.
About Santa & Cole Urbidermis
Santa & Cole Urbidermis is a small, independent and global editor of good design with its roots in Barcelona that brings to market a carefully collected body of products to better the quality and experience of urban space. More than 80 authors have contributed to their catalogue featuring furniture and lighting products created in different contexts by renowned designers such as James Corner, Industrial Facility, Antoni Arola, Miguel Milá or Beth Galí.
Santa & Cole Urbidermis has a strong point of view about design, rooted in 20th century modernism. Its designs are simple and beautifully proportioned, rational and balanced. Santa & Cole Urbidermis are designed to enhance the experience of architecture, landscape and social encounter in the city -- to make the experience of being in the city more interesting, comfortable and friendly. Santa & Cole Urbidermis delivers on its promise to the planet by using recycled, recyclable and renewable materials, reducing the energy use, maintenance and after-life impacts of its products, and partnering with municipalities, utility companies and universities to develop sustainable practices for managing the city.