designed by GGN.
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd. is a landscape architecture practice with special experience in designing high-use landscapes in complex, urban contexts. Based in Seattle, GGN works throughout the Americas and Asia. Its projects are developed by designers with professional backgrounds in landscape, architecture, engineering, graphics, ecology, and other sciences. GGN’s award-winning projects include Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park, which brings the ecology of Chicago's native prairie into a dense downtown neighborhood. For Landscape Forms GGN has designed the Maggie bench and Charlie table, and UrbanEdge, an integrated collection of site elements that looks at design and planning for the city center in a new way. Project awards include multiple ASLA National Design Excellence Awards and AIA/ASLA Honor and Merit awards for Design, and the 2012 Tucker Design Award. In 2011, GGN was the recipient of the Smithsonian's prestigious Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Award for Landscape Architecture.
Urban space is valuable real estate and too much of it is underused. UrbanEdge is a collection of landscape framing and furniture elements designed specifically to help designers make more effective use of under utilized space.
Sophie is the large seating element in the UrbanEdge family. Its long elegant oval seat accommodates two people sitting side-by-side or one person leaning back across the seat in a lounging position. With a comfortable curved-band back or without, it rotates 360º, encouraging sitters to control the degree of engagement that suits their mood. Installed side-to-side Sophie creates bench-like linear seating. Set singly or in groups throughout a space Sophie embodies a spirit of informality and comfort.