Landscape Products

Our roundup this month includes a mesh fence and bike rack that double as sculpture and help make our outdoor spaces more comfortable and livable. For the latest landscape product introductions, visit the ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo in San Francisco from 10/5 to 10/9. — Rita Catinella Orrell
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Able to rotate 360 degrees, the Yin Yang chair offers views from all angles (top). The loungers are handwoven from Hularo, a durable, recyclable, colorfast, and easy-to-clean polyethylene fiber (above).



Handwoven, weatherproof chair inspired by the harmony of opposites
Yin Yang is the latest signature collection of indoor/outdoor lounge seating from Janus et Cie. Designed exclusively for Dedon by Nicolas Tompkins, Yin Yang takes its shape from the nesting crescents that form the ancient Chinese symbol for nature’s harmony of opposites: dark and light, masculine and feminine, active and passive.

According to Janus et Cie’s marketing director Wendy Rhiger, the chair created a buzz at the Salone del Mobile this year and just took home a red dot design award, one of the largest and most renowned product design award competitions in the world.

Tompkins was inspired to create the tête-à-tête loungers while on Olango Beach on Cebu island in the Philippines. Cebu, a mecca for the traditional art of handweaving, is also the location of Dedon’s manufacturing facility.

Ideal for residences, hospitality, museums, corporate campuses, universities, and shopping centers, the flowing form of each Yin Yang chaise incorporates more than 13,000 feet of bronze or platinum-hued Hularo synthetic fiber. The fiber is handwoven by skilled Filipino artisans over a powder-coated aluminum frame shaped to the alternating convex and concave surfaces of the design.

Hularo polyethylene fiber is easy to maintain and clean, tear-resistant, colorfast, and recyclable. It is resistant to weather, UV, soil, microorganisms, and body lotions. It is also resistant to chlorinated and sea water, making it ideal for spa, seaside, and poolside applications.

Each half of the piece features an integrated seating cushion for the single sitter. The circular seats contrast either the bronze or platinum color of the chair body and are made of a polyurethane surface and polyester backing, offering great wearability and easy maintenance. Many other pieces within the Dedon collection use the same bronze- and platinum-colored fibers, allowing them to easily coordinate with the lounge chairs.

The individual chairs are 32.8'' high, 75.2'' wide, have a seat height of 181¼2'', and weigh approximately 66 pounds. The individual and combined chairs are also rotatable 360 degrees.

According to Rhiger, the chair has already been specified in several projects, including the Regalia Condominium, in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida; Monument Place Condominium, in Fairfax, Virginia; and the Potomac Yard shopping center, in Arlington, Virginia. Janus et Cie, West Hollywood, Calif.

[Reader Service: July 2007 #221]

Teak and ipé deck tiles
For remodeling or new construction, teak deck and patio tiles from East Teak are made of high-quality, kiln-dried, Indonesian plantation teak. East Teak’s ipé tiles offer the durability of teak but feature darker wood tones. Ipé tiles age to a silvery gray or maintain their rich dark-brown color with a penetrating wood sealer. Both wood tiles are ideal for condo or apartment balconies, existing wood deck or cement patios, roof decks, or walkways. East Teak Fine Hardwoods, Dallas.

[Reader Service: July 2007 #222]

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Screening a new piece of art
For the Dellheicht Primary School complex in Luxemburg by Echternach-based architects Witry & Witry, a stainless-steel cable mesh serves as both protection and artwork for a covered break hall that links the traditional school building with a new glass sports building. South African installation artist Sally Arnold incorporated large green Plexiglas sequins into the mesh to indicate the areas designated for sports and games. Carl Stahl DecorCable Innovations, Chicago.

[Reader Service: July 2007 #223]

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