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Landscape Forms Manufactures Two Recipients Of 2012 Good Design Award

  Subscribe to FREE newsletter  Jan 07, 2013

Landscape Forms, the industry’s premier global brand of outdoor furniture, LED lighting and accessories is pleased to announce that The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, have awarded both the CityBench and Bryant Park Litters with a 2012 GOOD DESIGN Awards. The CityBench is designed by Ignacio Ciocchini for Chelsea Improvement Company. This bench is now a New York City Department of Transportation standard being used for many streetscape projects throughout the metropolitan area. The Bryant Park Litter Receptacles are also designed by Ignacio Ciocchini for Bryant Park Corporation. The custom litters celebrate nature in the center of the city and capture the spirit of this special place. The tulip-petal shapes are delicate in appearance but built to withstand heavy use. Landscape Form’s custom division Studio 431 is the manufacturer for both the CityBench and the Bryant Park Litter Receptacle. Richard Heriford, President of Landscape Forms noted “We are proud of our association with Bryant Park Corporation and Chelsea Improvement Company and congratulate Ignacio Ciocchini for his continued recognition.” The GOOD DESIGN program was founded in Chicago in 1950 by Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.. The awards aim to give international recognition for designers and manufacturers when they devise innovative products, through invention and originality, beyond what is considered ordinary product and consumer design. One of the main factors for the awards selection is based on whether or not a product can enrich society and people's lives through its design.

About Bryant Park Corporation

Bryant Park Corporation (BPC) is a not-for-profit, private management company and a cooperating business improvement district of neighboring property owners. It was established by Daniel A. Biederman and Andrew Heiskell, with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. BPC was formed to restore historic Bryant Park, which had suffered a severe decline in conditions in the 1970s. A 15-year agreement was signed in 1988, entrusting management and improvements to the BPC. The park reopened in 1991 after four years of renovation with a budget six times the level under prior city management. It is the largest effort in the nation to apply private management backed by private funding to a public park, and it has been a success with public, press, and nearby institutions. BPC shares its management team with the 34th Street Partnership. The two companies share a management philosophy.


About Chelsea Improvement Company

The Chelsea Improvement Company is a nonprofit neighborhood redevelopment corporation that seeks to improve the day-to-day lives of the people who live, work, and visit southwest Chelsea. They achieve this by providing services that supplement those provided by city government–like sanitation and security programs–and investing in the neighborhood's streetscape.

The Chelsea Improvement Company began operating in January 2007 as a response to the rapidly changing conditions in the neighborhood: what had been a largely industrial area was fast becoming one of the city's most desirable neighborhoods for offices, retail, and living. All of the new activity brought lots more people onto the streets, where they encountered unpleasant or even dangerous conditions on sidewalks.


About Ignacio Ciocchini

Ignacio Ciocchini is an Industrial Designer specialized in street furniture products, urban design, and public space design. He is Vice President of Design at Bryant Park Corporation, 34th Street Partnership, and Chelsea Improvement Company, three leading Business Improvement Districts in New York City. As a design consultant, Ciocchini works with, BIDs, city agencies, transportation authorities, real estate developers, and architecture firms that have an interest in adding custom products to their projects. He occasionally ventures into other areas of design and public art. Ciocchini’s designs have been included in exhibitions at the Copper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City, The Autodesk Design Gallery in San Francisco, and The Guangzhou Design Week in China.

About Landscape Forms

Landscape Forms, is 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 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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