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.
Naguisa turns spaces into harmonious landscapes. Its curved, hollowed-out surfaces create meandering, organic resting points. Naguisa is at home in large-scale parks and plazas as well as narrow pedestrian streets and small-scale natural areas. The 63-centimeter high central zone of the reinforced cast stone bench serves as a backrest/armrest, while the 38 centimeter-high zone gently beckons sitters.
By joining several of the four-meter curved arcs together, closed circles with 7.5 or 11 meter diameters can be formed. The pieces can also be arranged in parallel lines, creating a sinuous bench application. In 2007, Naguisa was awarded the Silver Delta Prize by the Association of Industrial Designers for the Encouragement of the Decorative Arts (ADI-FAD).