Typology Collection | 2021

PD24 Winner

Category:Furniture - Urban FurnitureLocation: Kalamazoo, United StatesDesigner:Landscape Forms, Kalamazoo, United StatesManufacturer:Designworks (a BMW Group Company), Munich, Germany

The Typology Collection is an innovative seating and lighting system that adds dynamic new dimension to any site, enveloping the visitor—both from above and below—in an immersive design experience. The comprehensive collection includes a modular bench system, sculptural area and column light, and a corresponding path light.


Systemic and adaptable, the Typology Collection lives comfortably in both new and existing architectural environments, guiding the movement of traffic and creating unique, three-dimensional spaces that invite and connect, surprise and inspire. The materials are elegant and refined, yet resilient and enduring—cast aluminum and concrete run as a common thread through the collection to create a unified visual and tactile experience. Technological advances in manufacturing and lighting integration challenge preconceptions of form and space.


At the heart of the collection, the ribbon bench defines spaces, connects spaces, guides pedestrians, and can even form amphitheater-like circular or semicircular hubs that encourage community interaction. Modular in construction, the ribbon bench can meander seamlessly throughout a complex streetscape. A thin layer of ultra-high performance concrete drapes like a mantle over cast aluminum supports to express an elegance, refinement and seemingly impossible lightness.


Optional backrests, armrests and extended functional surfaces can be added in strategic locations throughout the configuration. Ribbon bench’s integral downward-facing lighting offers low-glare illumination around the feature, creating an illusion that the entire structure almost levitates.

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