Escofet was founded in Barcelona, Spain in 1886 as a manufacturer of cement tiles for architectural application and is recognized throughout the world for design innovation in urban elements and site amenities. The company works closely with designers to create the highest quality cast stone, wood and Corten steel products, including benches, bollards, light fixtures, tree grates, drinking fountains and pavers. It has a long tradition of work with elite architects and artists from Antonio Gaudi and Joan Miro, to Ricardo Bofill, Arata Izozaki, Jean Nouvel and Richard Rogers. Escofet's mission is to enhance the quality and appearance of public spaces, encouraging greater use of the urban environment by installing creative, innovative products and systems. Today the company�s paving and streetscape products are signature features of Barcelona�s urban aesthetic.
Ultra-thin concrete; curved, elongated forms; and a smooth surface create a dynamic and light appearance. Grasshopper's incomplete shape produces two personalities. At one end, it closes gently to become a place to chat. At the other end, it opens to invite people to contemplate and observe surrounding views. Used with the Grasshopper bench, the collection permits the installation of a series of table-bench assemblies.