Maynard, a practice that creates wayfinding, graphic design, products and environments for the urban realm, has designed an urban landscape furniture range for leading manufacturer Marshalls, unveiled at The Canopy in King’s Cross as part of designjunction 2017 (21 – 24 September).
The brutalist inspired modular furniture range named ‘TENPLO’ includes seating, cycle parking, a planter and a litter bin, and provides opportunities for range variation due to its modularity and unified minimal design.
In contrast to the permanence of their concrete form, the TENPLO modules also have the ability to respond to a seemingly ephemeral, yet ubiquitous trend – digital integration. Some modules have the capability to integrate lighting, sensors, and Bluetooth beacons for bespoke projects without affecting their outward appearance.
The choice of high performance, M-Tech concrete allows for thinner component widths and also facilitates the inclusion of brutalist detailing. These detail areas provide visual contrast in pattern and texture and become highlighted with integrated lighting.
The modules are all available in three shades of grey – Rocksalt, Slate or Basalt – with the choice of either Amber or Graphite Accoya timber, and a Red or Grey oxide finish on the litter bin.
The brief for Maynard was derived from a need for flexibility and function. The collection highlights Maynard’s human centered design approach and is emblematic of the way Maynard places the users’ needs at the heart of their work. It sets aside overt styling in favour of taking an approach to furniture akin to that of architecture – a product which is permanent in its aspect, yet simple enough to be flexible in its application.
Julian Maynard, Managing Director at Maynard said:
“The TENPLO range began as an open brief and developed into an opportunity to explore our ideas of what contemporary landscape furniture should be. It subtly references the design language of brutalism with an emphasis on texture, form and materiality.”
“The modular products offer a variety of layouts that can respond to local context and promote social interaction.”
Stephen Reddington, Commercial Director Landscape Furniture at Marshalls comments: “Having previously worked with Maynard on our successful Loci Landscape Furniture collection, we wanted the team to come up with a new design which would utilise our existing specialist concrete manufacturing facilities.”
“Having initially engaged with landscape architects and other specifiers, we were then able to develop a brief for Maynard to design a modular range of concrete furniture which could be configured to adapt to any public space. We are thrilled with the result and look forward to showing the range at designjunction 2017.”
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