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Landscape Forms Expands its Portfolio with the STRATA Beam Bench

 
  Subscribe to FREE newsletter  Feb 25, 2016

Landscape Forms is pleased to announce the introduction of STRATA Beam bench, the latest addition to its STRATA family of Meldstone™ Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) products. Meldstone™is a proprietary material engineered by Landscape Forms with state of the art technology innovations that deliver new capabilities in form and structure.

The new bench from industrial designer Jess Sorel offers a stylish variation on the concrete and wood classic. “The STRATA Beam bench advances our goal to expand our presence in the cast concrete furniture market,” explains Landscape Forms President, Richard Heriford. “We acquired Meldstone™ capabilities because we saw a lack of well-designed concrete site furniture. Now we are combining high performance cast concrete with other materials to deliver great design.”

Landscape Forms Expands its Portfolio with the STRATA Beam Bench

STRATA Beam is distinguished by subtly faceted cast end pieces made possible by state-of-the-art Meldstone™ technology. The faceting offers a play between light and shadow from multiple points of view. Anchoring elements are bridged by robust wood slats that form an uninterrupted span.

“The Meldstone™ castings in STRATA Beam mimic the form vocabulary of the original STRATA bench,” says Kirt Martin, Vice President of Design and Marketing. “Here we see the same sensibilities – intriguing angles and clean lines – coupled with wood where the body interacts with the material. It’s a beautiful use of two materials derived from the earth. Very natural but also very modern.”

The three-seat bench is offered with and without a back. The angled back is inset from the seat ends, providing visual counterpoint to the angularity of the castings. Cast concrete elements are notched to accept wood seat slats and metal back supports are sculpted as transitional elements to draw the wood and concrete together, elegant solutions emblematic of the craftsmanship and attention to detail in every aspect of the product. The mix of materials provides pleasing contrasts between cool and warm, cast and milled, hard and soft. Optional cast arms are available on both backed and backless versions. STRATA Beam is solidly grounded while retaining a lightness of scale appropriate for use in multiple applications. A natural compliment to the original STRATA bench, it is designed for use with STRATA tables to create out of the ordinary outdoor settings.

STRATA designed by Jess Sorel.

The STRATA Beam bench marries Meldstone™ technology and wood in a stylish variation on the concrete and wood classic. Cast concrete anchoring elements are bridged by wood seat slats to form an uninterrupted span. End pieces are subtly faceted, providing a pleasing play between light and shadow. The wood seat offers warmth and softness where the body interacts with the material. The three-seat bench is offered with and without back. Optional arms are available on both versions.

STRATA Beam is solidly grounded while retaining a lightness of scale appropriate for use in multiple applications. A natural compliment to the original STRATA bench, it is designed for use with STRATA tables to create comfortable outdoor settings with a decided design edge.

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