Landscape Forms Adds FGP Collection to Global 45 International Product Line
FGP is an integrated collection of site furniture and lighting from Milan-based designer Francisco Gomez Paz and the latest addition to Landscape Forms Global 45 Collections. These are products designed by international designers to have global appeal, with structural components manufactured by Landscape Forms and flat-shipped to partner vendors around the world who provide regionally sourced infill materials and assemble and deliver complete products to customers. “We now have sales, service and assembly centers in the UK, Brazil and Australia,” explains Landscape Forms President, Richard Heriford. “Francisco Gomez Paz is an emerging design talent and a very fine industrial designer who understands the challenges of designing and manufacturing for a global marketplace. The FGP Collection adds another aesthetic point of view to Landscape Forms international expansion.”
The FGP Collection includes five elements: a bench, litter receptacle, bike rack and LED pedestrian and path lights. The forms have a fluid simplicity with subtly curved structural frames that give them a soft appearance. “The FGP Collection is really beautiful, with a visual language that is elegant and light,” declares Kirt Martin, Landscape Forms Vice President of Design and Marketing. “While it is contemporary, it references familiar forms, especially in the bench. So it is welcoming but is also a very modern play. Good design comes out of constraints and FGP is proof that you can do great product with a great aesthetic at an attractive price point.”
All structural parts of the FGP Collection are cast aluminum. Slats on the bench and litter are wood. The bench is offered in single and double lengths and is scalable. The back height of the bench was designed to allow a sitter to rest an arm on it, making it feel relaxed and welcoming. The top of the litter is hinged to swing up for easy servicing. The 12-16’ pedestrian light and low path light are shaped by three stems that rise from the connection with the pole and base, respectively, forming a soft, triangular head holding LEDs in triangular arrays that cast illumination between the verticals in a clean footprint. The inclusion of pedestrian lighting enables the FGP Collection to create public spaces that are viable 24 hours a day. The bike rack has a visually arresting shape that echoes the form of a bicycle frame, lending it fresh appeal. All parts come together elegantly with no welding and minimized or hidden fasteners. Cast aluminum parts on the bench, litter and bike rack have a handsome anodized finish. Castings on lights are finished using Landscape Forms’ proprietary Pangard II powdercoat. Wood slats on the bench and litter are offered in North America with Landscape Forms standard woods and in international markets with regionally sourced wood species.
About Francisco Gomez Paz
Francisco Gomez Paz was born in Salta, Argentina and, after earning a degree in Industrial Design from the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, moved to Milan where he opened his design office in 2004. He has developed products for leading design companies including Artemide, Driade, Danese, Lensvelt, Luceplan, Olivetti and Sector and his work has received international awards, including the Good Design Award 2010 and the Red Dot Award 2010. He has been honored together with Alberto Meda with the First Prize of the Index Award for the Solar Bottle, which was selected for the MOMA’s Study Collection and received the Prize of Prizes for Innovation in Design from Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano and the prestigious Compasso d’Oro 2011. Active in the fields of research and education, he has been a visiting professor at Domus Academy since 2000 and has lectured in Italy and abroad. His projects have been exhibited at international events and featured in leading design publications. Francisco’s collaboration with Landscape Forms drew on an approach to design that is driven by curiosity, knowledge of technology and materials, and a highly experimental hands-on creative process.
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 representatives throughout North America, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, South America, Australia 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. Additionally, the company has formed global marketing partnerships with select companies that share its commitment to design. Landscape Forms 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. The company was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the Top 15 Small Workplaces in the US.