Kalamazoo, MI – Landscape Forms, North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-design site furniture, structure, LED lighting and accessories, is proud to announce that its Profile lighting family, Typology ribbon bench, Typology lighting, and Take-Out connected seating have all won Red Dot Awards in Product Design in 2023.
One of the most prestigious design recognitions, the Red Dot Award: Product Design is an international competition honoring excellence across 51 categories ranging from fashion and accessories to consumer electronics, vehicles and furniture. To accurately and professionally appraise such a wide range of submissions, Red Dot brings together a diverse, independent jury panel, which in 2023, consisted of 43 design experts hailing from 20 different nations.
“What’s so special about Red Dot is that, in many ways, they set the standard for all other design awards,” says Ryan Heiser, Director of Design at Landscape Forms. “And looking at the types of products that win Red Dot awards, you notice a very clear harmony between form and function—the solutions have to be beautiful, but they also have to work. This is a philosophy we adhere to very closely in our design process and is one of the many reasons that make these particular recognitions so meaningful.”
Embodying this combination of beautiful, sculptural form and innovative function, the highly awarded Profile family of lights celebrates yet another as a winner in the Red Dot Lighting Systems category. Consisting of an area light, accent light, column light, and trio of bollards, Profile stands out both as a modular lighting solution and as an artful way to present intentional illumination. Designed with Linnaea Tillett and Tillett Lighting Design Associates, the collaborative endeavor brings together expertise in all aspects ranging from lighting technology, to engineering, to manufacturing and high-quality craftsmanship. Of the design process Linnaea Tillett, Ph.D., Founder & Principal of Tillett Lighting Design Associates, describes, “We start with quality of light—how we make the experience of light feel right, how we can make light do what we want it do in an ecologically responsible way—and then we build form around that,” she says. “And it was through dialog with Landscape Forms that we were able to combine this right quality of light with a form that sits quite happily in a wide variety of contexts. Profile represents a process and an ethos that’s very important to us, so it’s a special moment to have that recognized, especially by colleagues in the design industry.”
Another highly awarded product family, the Typology Collection was honored with two 2023 Red Dot awards, one for its centerpiece ribbon bench in the Urban Design category and one for its luminaires in the Lighting Systems category. Created with Designworks, a BMW Group company, Typology is a systematic collection of streetscape elements that intelligently addresses real world needs in urban design while also introducing aspects of public art. Its ribbon bench is a modular system of seating segments, configurable backs, arms and surfaces, and integral lighting that introduces new ways of defining and activating public outdoor space. Typology lighting—consisting of the ring light, the stick light, and the path light—focuses on breaking away from traditional lighting design vernacular to bring a wholly unique and immersive experience to the category. Enveloping the observer, Typology lighting elements play with space and shadow, joining the sky and ground with a signature, unmistakable design language. “When designing the Typology Collection, our intention was to play in both the vertical and horizontal spaces of urban environments. Complementary elements connect the realms of the sky and the ground to create a magnetic and immersive user experience,” says Tobias Adami, Creative Director and the Munich Studio of Designworks.
Celebrated for its elegant evolution of the fixed-seat dining table, Take-Out was also recognized with a Red Dot award in the Urban Design category. The group of five complementary seats and surfaces expands on the connected seating concept with simplified lines and improved versatility. Light enough to be picked up, arranged and rearranged, Take-Out opens up new ways for people to experience and connect in outdoor spaces. Designed by Rodrigo Torres, Take-Out joins the eponymous Torres lighting line as the designer’s second Red-Dot-Award-winning collaboration with Landscape Forms. “With products and projects from all over the world, it’s incredible how many people are competing in Red Dot every year, and it’s an absolute honor to share this award with Landscape Forms,” says Torres. “They’re a fantastic partner who knows the importance of ethics, gets the power of creating a wonderful place to work, and deeply understands the strategic role of design.”