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Made of materials ranging from teak to polypropylene, landscape furnishings for cities, parks, and private spaces need to withstand the elements as well as heavy-duty client needs. For the latest outdoor products, check out the ASLA’s Annual Meeting & Expo held from 10/29–11/2 in Salt Lake City. óRita F. Catinella

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Stacked So Happy chairs, Marco Maran

Cheap Chic bar stool, Philippe Starck

Quadra planters

Lightweight and lighthearted outdoor furniture
The Take 5 outdoor furniture collection is a major introduction from Landscape Forms that will partner the company’s award-winning standard collection of outdoor commercial furnishings. The offspring of several international design studios, including Marco Maran, Philippe Starck, T. Yoshino, and Dominic Symons, Take 5’s seating, table, and planter line is intended to offer solutions for a variety of commercial outdoor and indoor spaces, including restaurants, entertainment venues, corporate and university campuses, and hospitality and health-care environments. Most of the products feature molded polypropylene, while chair legs are made of stainless steel or aluminum, and the Yummy table top and Cheap Chic table base are made of stainless steel. Landscape Forms is offering a Take 5 “test drive,” allowing specifiers to try the line for 30 days before buying. The entire collection is offered with a one-year warranty for outdoor use, and since they are warehoused in Michigan, most orders will ship within 48 hours. For more information on Landscape Forms’ new white paper on environmental design trends, see this month’s Product Literature, page 228. Landscape Forms, Kalamazoo, Mich.
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  A side view of the Spirit Song table.

Curvaceous collection of teak
Diamond Teak’s award-winning Spirit Song collection of outdoor furniture is made of solid plantation teak from Costa Rica, where the company has planted tens of thousands of native trees certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council. Designed by Barbara and Robert Tiffany, the line of benches, chairs, and tables features thin, parallel teak beams that are joined by stainless-steel rods and arranged in undulating patterns that provide balance while maintaining the illusion of fluidity. The pieces can be used indoors as well as out, and the benches can be made in different lengths and ergonomic shapes, including compound-curve or S-curve benches, long backless benches, and reverse-curve benches. The benches have been used in such projects as Battery Park in New York City and the Barney’s Show Store in Hollywood, California, where Diamond Teak manufactured custom backless benches measuring 3' wide by 8' long. Diamond Teak, Sellersville, Pa. [ Reader Service # 209 ]


Turtle-friendly lighting, cushioned bench
Triada, the newest addition to Forms+Surfaces standard lighting product line, was designed and developed for the City of Miami Beach, Florida. The fixtures needed to integrate with the nautical environment as well as manage light output with directional shields to protect the local turtle habitat from light pollution. The company has also recently added an upholstered seat to their Bridge Bench site-furniture line. Forms+Surfaces, Carpinteria, Calif. [ Reader Service # 202 ]

Holier than other tables and benches
British designer Michael Young has trained with Tom Dixon and worked for world-class companies such as Cappellini, Magis, and Sawaya & Moroni. Tölt, his new outdoor-furnishings offering for Extremis, combines the “classic” material of acacia wood with a “high-tech” tabletop made of Corian. The wooden table legs feature a 70s and 80s retro feel, while the perforated Corian top allows for easier drainage and cleaning. Tölt is available in a round table with low stools or a rectangular table with matching benches. Ideas for Living, Albuquerque, N.M. [ Reader Service # 211 ]



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