Landscape Forms Introduces UrbanEdge Designed by GGN

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UrbanEdge is an integrated collection of landscape framing and furniture elements with a leading-edge perspective on urban space. Created in collaboration with award-winning landscape architects Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN,) the collection provides informal, dynamic outdoor elements that help designers make more effective use of available urban space.

UrbanEdge offers possibilities for shaping public spaces that match the diversity of the people and activities they serve.

Landscape Forms, the industry leader in integrated collections of high-design site furniture and advanced LED lighting, announces the introduction of UrbanEdge, a collection of landscape framing and furniture elements for urban spaces. The collection is designed by Seattle-based Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), the recipients of the prestigious 2011 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture. UrbanEdge pairs GGN’s experience in designing urban spaces with Landscape Forms’ expertise in developing and manufacturing beautiful site furnishings that address issues in urban environments; built to perform and endure under conditions of heavy urban use.

UrbanEdge responds to the demand for more outdoor public areas with an interest in less formal, more welcoming spaces, and effective use of scarce available urban space. UrbanEdge is a tool for designers to create unique yet functional sites; defining edges and turning dead corners into outward oriented settings that interface with the urban fabric. It helps designers construct places for orienting and organizing, resting and reflecting, meeting and greeting, people watching and taking in a view. It can be used to create curbside transit stops and “eddies” along sidewalks where people step in and out of the flow; to develop niches and focused social settings within larger spaces; and to enrich experience in outdoor spaces with dynamic and kinetic furniture elements that suit the way we interact today.

GGN designers took inspiration from the social interactions in many types of spaces – lunch rooms, living rooms, transit stops, and play grounds and extracted their relaxed, informal spirit to design furniture elements that enliven them. UrbanEdge family consists of MAX Trellis; JESSIE Railing; GUS Planter; OLLIE Small Seat; SOPHIE Large Seat; BERNIE Bar Height Seat; and STELLA Table. Frames include the trellis, railing system and planter. Core elements are the seating and table pieces that live within defined spaces and activate the core, enhancing the experience of place.

UrbanEdge family members are multifaceted and work together in multiple combinations. UrbanEdge was created by designers for designers. Its focus is on the functionality of spaces and facilitates a wide range of activities. The suite of furnishings can be combined in inventive ways to energize outdoor settings and provide varied opportunities for people to interact within the same space over time. UrbanEdge is a dynamic resource for maximizing under-leveraged urban space, designing vibrant, integrated urban settings and creating a sense of place.

About Landscape Forms
The industry leader in integrated collections of high-design site furniture 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 Landscape Forms U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan with sales offices throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Southern Europe, 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. The company has an installed based of products around the world. Clients include municipalities, transit centers, corporate, college and health care campuses; and familiar brand leaders such as Boeing, Cisco Systems, Disney, Sprint, American Airlines, Herman Miller and Nike. Landscape Forms was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the Top 15 Small Workplaces in the US.

For more information about Landscape Forms, please visit http://www.landscapeforms.com

About Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN)
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) is a landscape architecture practice based in Seattle, Washington. Founded by partners Kathryn Gustafson, Jennifer Guthrie, and Shannon Nichol, 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, and express the sculptural qualities of contextual landscape. GGN offers experience in designing high-use landscapes in complex, urban contexts. GGN’s landscapes are widely varied in type and scale, but they share qualities as healthy settings for diverse and ever-changing activities. The landform of each space is carefully shaped to feel serenely grounded in its context and comfortable at all times -- whether bustling with crowds, offering moments of contemplation, or doing both at once.

GGN's recent project awards include the prestigious Cooper Hewitt 2011 National Design Award for Landscape Architecture, multiple ASLA National Design Excellence Awards, Tucker Architectural Awards, AIA/ASLA Honor and Merit awards for Design, in addition to being recently selected as winners for the National Mall Design Competition for Union Square. Other prominent projects include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus in Seattle, Lurie Garden of Millennium Park in Chicago, the Robert and Arlen Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, and the new forthcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Kathryn Gustafson is also a partner in the UK design firm, Gustafson Porter.

For more information on Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, please visit http://www.ggnltd.com

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