A striking chair and table collection is added to the Landscape Forms varied product line, Windmark seems at once familiar and entirely new...Bold geometric shapes with softening ornamental detail make the collection a fine compliment to contemporary architecture. Windmark mixes materials and revels in them, combining and juxtaposing them in fresh ways...July 01, 2011
Landscape Forms, North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of site furniture, proudly introduces Windmark, a striking chair and table collection designed by award-winning architect, Margaret McCurry. Windmark shares materials and visual qualities with the Lakeside bench, McCurry’s inaugural design for Landscape Forms, while it explores new expressive possibilities in outdoor furniture. The collection is the latest in Landscape Forms’ ongoing collaboration with leading landscape architects, architects, and designers to create and develop site furniture of outstanding design and quality.
Windmark expands Landscape Forms’ offering of tables and chairs to address high-design furnishings for public/private spaces. In scale, aesthetics and sense of fun, Windmark is perfect for defined spaces with special panache; resorts, outdoor restaurants, museum plazas, high-end residential settings and rooftop terraces. The collection includes a chair with and without arms, tables with two distinctly different bases and a variety of tops, and an ottoman, which can serve as a table, a seat, or a footrest and adds an intimate, comfortable touch. The geometrical shapes and softening ornamental detail of the collection provide a fine complement to contemporary architecture and offer designers another inspired Landscape Forms solution for creating a sense of place.
McCurry takes inspiration from a variety of sources; architecture, landscape, iconic furniture, history and poetry. For Windmark she drew on the cast iron benches and fences with cutout forms she saw in New Orleans as a child. “I like to mix materials and bring ideas from the past into the present and future,” she explains, “so the work is not just a copy of a historic style but suggests that you’ve seen it before but don’t quite know where.”
Windmark derives its forms from cutting and folding metal in inventive ways, a few deft strokes creating forms that are simple but arrestingly new. Tables have aluminum strap or origami-fold sheet metal bases with a choice of rectangular, square or round tops in glass, wood or powdercoated steel. Chairs and ottoman have aluminum strap frames and patterned steel or wood slat seats, chairs have specially designed stainless steel seat and back fasteners that add detail. The peaked profile of the strap base and the folds of the origami base, devised as practical solutions for protecting the metal from corrosion and wear, provide visual compatibility, so elements work beautifully together. Steel origami table bases, ottoman tops and chair seats and backs are incised with whimsical patterns based on natural forms. Optional reversible fabric-covered cushions are attached by a tab with magnet that slips between the metal seat and frame and neatly fixes to the bottom of the seat. The combination of aluminum and steel make Windmark elements visually light but heavy enough to wear well and hold their ground in the wind...McCurry’s work has been published widely in architectural and interior magazines and exhibited at museums and galleries here and abroad and is documented in monographs published by Monacelli Press in 2000 and ORO Editions in 2011. Her projects as programmer, designer and manager with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill include the East Wing addition to The Art Institute of Chicago with its School of The Art Institute and Rubloff Auditorium. Her architectural credits as principal in Tigerman McCurry include the Chicago Bar Association, the Award-winning Juvenile Protective Association Head-quarters, and theexhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has designed and/or remodeled condominiums, country and town clubs, showrooms, museum installations, offices and countless private residences throughout the country and has designed executive office furnishings and a line of award winning site furniture for Landscape Forms. McCurry is well known for her inventive synthesis of modern classicism and the vernacular and her expertise in providing harmonious, well-proportioned and well-designed environments that directly affect the quality of life.
About Landscape Forms
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 base 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.
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