KALAMAZOO, MICH.—Landscape Forms introduces the next generation of products in the company’s 35 Collection, a family of site furniture elements with a youthful spirit and a mission to promote social life in outdoor spaces. The new additions are all in the family, created in collaboration with design partner frog design, the innovation powerhouse renowned for the SONY Walkman, the Apple computer, and software applications and mobile products for Microsoft and Disney. The results are three designs that continue the collection’s subtle integration of natural and architectural forms and take 35 fast forward.
“The 35 Collection has been extremely successful,” says Landscape Forms President, Richard Heriford. “Now on the 10th anniversary of its debut we are adding new streetscape elements, including LED lights and an illuminated bollard that demonstrate our leadership in LED lighting and the creation of integrated families of furniture and lighting products that work together in the urban landscape.”
The challenge for frog was to carry on the family lineage it established in its original design of the collection while ramping up the energy and edge in the new additions. The designers focused on gesture, taper and the tension between concave and convex forms to successfully achieve formal harmony. “We brought together a great group of very talented designers to take the 35 collection to the next level,” says Kirt Martin, Landscape Forms Vice President of Design and Marketing. “This is about performance. The LED light is a super-high performance product that exemplifies our best thinking and technology. We designed for the correct venting, cooling and light levels, and that created the look. There’s a lot of horsepower behind the aesthetics in all of these products. They are very current—very relevant.”
Loop Bike Rack Included in Collection
The three new elements include the Signal LED light; Guide, an illuminated bollard; and the Loop bike rack. The cast aluminum luminaires of the light hold multiple arrays of LEDs in tri-board formations, with each tri-pod covered by its own lens for economy of replacement and repair. The streetscape luminaire is larger and contains a greater number of LED arrays than the pedestrian version and both are designed to minimize weight and dissipate heat. Both lights are available with single luminaires and with dual luminaires mounted back-to-back, and the taller light can accommodate a pedestrian and streetscape luminaire at different heights on a single aluminum pole.
The Guide bollard is made of three cast aluminum panels of different heights surrounding a large glowing optical element. LEDs are arranged in vertical arrays within an acrylite cover and light is emitted through the vertical slits between panels at 45 degree angles, illuminating the pathway area to the right and left of each bollard in a row to create an overlapping pattern of light along the path. Guide can be used as a path light that meets lighting industry criteria for path lighting, or as a dimmable light that provides a less bright glow. Unlit and removable versions are offered.
The Loop bike rack is a simple, sweeping circle with a twist. Cyclists can loop and lock one or two bikes around its shape-shifting cast aluminum ribbon frame. Like all products in the 35 Collection, it is finished with Landscape Forms proprietary Pangard Powdercoat in rejuvenated colors from the company’s Designer Palette.
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