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Project: "Strata "
Company:SORELstudio and Landscape Forms
Designer(s): Jess Sorel, Landscape Forms , United States
Category: Outdoor and Exercise Equipment, Professional
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Entry Description: STRATA is an innovative collection of MeldStone™ benches and tables that reimagines what cast concrete can be. Created in collaboration with industrial designer Jess Sorel, it is the first Landscape Forms product specifically designed to employ the company’s proprietary MeldStone™ Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) technology. STRATA takes brilliant advantage of MeldStone’s capability for casting thin, strong forms that are structurally robust and heavy, while visually light and fluid. The collection includes a straight bench with and without back, a backless angled bench and an asymmetric six-sided table, all of which can be combined in multiple ways to create out-of-the-ordinary social settings. STRATA is ideal for parks, campuses and other public social spaces. Its clean modern simplicity compliments multiple architectures and landscapes. STRATA benches have strong horizontal planes and large flat surfaces with an angularity that makes them come alive. The bench seat is thick at the center, progressively thinner as it expands toward the edges, and faceted where angles come together. The extension of the seating plane past the steel base at the ends makes the seat appear to float. Innovative right and left angled backless benches provide subtle corners, so people who are conversing can sit at angles to one another. The top and seat of the straight- backed bench are a single casting with a cutout in the bench back that provides views through to the landscape. Straight and angled benches play off each other. Benches can be placed end-to-end, or the end of one bench can be positioned against the back of another. STRATA tables are six-sided elements, asymmetric in their geometry and open at the ends. Tables partner with STRATA benches to create site-specific configurations: singly in front of or adjacent to a bench, in linear arrangements of two or three between facing benches, or grouped in cell-like structures anywhere in the setting. In addition to their usual function as useful surfaces, they help define seating relationships, break up space, and can be used to create seating “islands.” The tables have a certain ambiguity about them. Their use is open to interpretation, as opposed to being absolutely proscriptive, encouraging experimentation by designers and planners.

About the Designer/Company
A Sense of Place...You know it when you feel it. For more than 40 years Landscape Forms has been producing site furniture and accessories that help designers and other clients create a sense of place in outdoor environments. We do it through integrated product collections, leading edge technology and great design. We partner with international designers to create exceptional products, we nurture our own people to high achievement, and we operate our business at a standard that has earned customer loyalty and leadership in our industry. Our secret is simple: Design, Culture, Craft drive everything we do.