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New From Landscape Forms: Escofet

 
  Subscribe to FREE newsletter  Dec 04, 2012

Escofet made its debut more than 125 years ago with exquisite terrazzo tiles designed by celebrated Catalan architects and artists, most notably Antoni Gaudi. Since then the Barcelona-based company has left an indelible mark on the architecture and urban landscape of the city now recognized as a world design capital. Escofet cast concrete architectural and streetscape elements are signature features of Barcelona’s urban aesthetic and its contribution to the visual vitality of the city’s re-urbanized zones has earned it the National Design Prize of Spain. Escofet products are well known throughout Europe and Asia. And now Landscape Forms offers Escofet cast stone site furniture to discriminating designers of urban landscapes in the US and Canada.

From the company’s founding and through the early decades of the 20th century, Escofet tiles graced the floors and walls of tsarist palaces, ceremonial government buildings, and public and private interiors by avant-garde architects. Later in the century the company turned its focus to the integration of art and industry and the casting of paving, building columns and facades, and streetscape furniture. Escofet innovation combines age-old cement and water with a wide range of natural aggregates and industrial and recycled materials to produce cast concrete with groundbreaking structural properties and formal possibilities.

Escofet calls this material “cast stone,” a name that reflects the hardness of the material, its origins in nature, and its palette of neutral colors derived from the materials of which it is made.
Mastery of material and a highly industrialized casting process enable Escofet to produce massive organic forms, crisp-edged geometric volumes and thin-profile shapes. Hand finishing by skilled artisans preserves the individual surface qualities of each piece. Designs by international architects, industrial designers and artists bring together architecture and nature in contemporary expressions of a timeless material.

About Landscape Forms Inc.

Landscape Forms was founded over four decades ago by practicing landscape architect, John Chipman, Sr. Our early focus on site furniture and amenities remains our steady focus today. We work with landscape architects, architects, designers and owners to enhance outdoor spaces. We've established an international presence, and earned a reputation for award-winning design, quality and service among the most discriminating design and construction practitioners. Our products include transit stops, pedestrian/pathway lighting, benches, tables, chairs, wheelchair accessible picnic tables, planters, bike racks, litter receptacles, ash urns, bollards. Materials include powdercoated metal, stainless steel, FSC certified wood, fiberglass, Solid Surface acrylic, polycarbonate, molded polyethylene and PolySite(R) recycled plastic. Studio 431 provides custom development and manufacture of site furniture and accessories for large, important projects.

Design drives what we do. We believe in the power of design to elevate public spaces. We collaborate with leading design professionals to create beautiful furniture and accessories. We pioneer new materials and processes to bring innovation to site furnishings.

We are a people to people business. Landscape Forms people work together in teams, using the lean manufacturing process, to assemble each product from start to finish and provide customer service from order to installation. At every stage of a project our people know who the customer is and where the results of their labor will be installed. It's a process that forges ties between the people who make, sell and service our products and the people who purchase and enjoy them. And it helps explain why in industry surveys, Landscape Forms consistently scores #1 for design, quality and customer service.

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