We just returned from this year’s edition of the American Soc. of Landscape Architects annual meeting & expo in Phoenix. Attendance seemed light this year, especially to the vendors standing around on the trade show floor between 11AM (after sessions started) and 3PM (once they were over). It did feel like the attendees we spoke with were busier than in previous years, and cautiously optimistic about the coming 12 months.
It’s finally here! Once we finished with our new website, the marketing team needed something else to do. We went to work on the catalog – in the last two years, we’ve increased its size by more the 35%!
We added 20 pages (its now 120 pages) and well over 25 new products, including our new benches and tables (including TWIG and the new Flow planter bench), as well as our entire range of deck and paver support products. We’ve been selling most of these for almost a year, so it’s about time we got them in the book.
New for this year are sections detailing design services we’ve begun offering, as well as a new “project board” feature for each product group. We show off several new installations and link to its blog posting for more information.
The cover photo (above), a fantastic residential terrace on a high rise in Chicago, was just featured in our blog here. The Urban and Wilshire Collection pots (with CWM irrigation) have been on the patio for over four years, and still look terrific. The owner contacted after receiving our last newsletter to share how pleased they are with our product!
You can download a PDF version of our catalog here, or send an email to request that one be mailed to you.
The American Society of Landscape Architects national meeting each year is our “big show”. This year’s show in Phoenix is no different. The Expo runs from 9AM – 5PM on Saturday, Sept. 29th and Sunday, Sept. 30th. At least this year they didn’t have it on Holloween (like last year!). We’ll be in booth #559. Go here to plan your visit – make sure to include us on the list! Continue reading
The Flow bench planter, shown at Genitope Corp. in Newark, CA
We did a photo shoot last week with our newest product from the Street and Garden Furniture family, the Flow bench planter. We thought we’d share a few of the photos.
Each planter, as shown, is approx. 30″L x 18″W x 16′D
Canon USA Headquarters rendering for HOK, courtesy of Pixelplume
Tournesol Siteworks has been awarded a major contract for the production of our Wilshire Box hanging planters for the Canon U.S.A. Headquarters in Melville, NY. We look forward to working closely with Steven Dubner Landscaping, the installing contractor. Turner Construction is the general contractor, EW Howell the construction manager, and HOK the specifying architect. Continue reading
Portion of test walls at PSU – VGM to left, custom wall center, hydroponic wall to right
Tournesol Siteworks is excited to be part of the new Shattuck Hall Ecological Learning Plaza, just opened on the campus of Portland State University. It serves several purposes – a research center for living walls, greenroofs, irrigation-free landscape, as well as a park for students, faculty and staff. Continue reading
from the journal Environmental Science and Technology
We’ve been involved with greenwalls since 2008, and a frequent question we get is “why green walls?” Typically green roof projects can justify their existence (environmentally, at least), by retaining storm water and reducing the urban heat island effect, along with other benefits. Greenwalls don’t have that luxury – while they do insulate a wall of a building, it’s hard to cover enough of the wall to provide significant benefit. Typically we find they are installed for the visual effect more than any other reason.
Finally, there has been a study that provides compelling environmental benefits to putting greenwalls throughout cities.
Planting living “green walls” of vegetation could provide a faster and cheaper way of cleaning up the air in cities than large-scale initiatives such as congestion charging, scientists will say today.
Quench: Los Angeles 2012
There has been a lot of great press surrounding the “Best in Show” award given to the Quench Collective at the Dwell on Design show. Bjorn Rust, one of the designers featured, produced the great video above highlighting the experience.
from the Core77 blog, image and text by Sarah Jacobson
A great overview of the exhibit was featured in the design magazine and resource blog, Core77. The post, written by Sarah Jacobson, included a note on David Shaw’s Flow bench planter:
There was David Shaw’s “Flow” planter, a divider/bench/planter nicely done in white and grey powder-coated steel. Flow is representative of Shaw’s public works design, for his studio Street and Garden Furniture Co. He creates bus benches, bike racks, drinking fountains, etc., with a clean yet classic sensibility greatly needed in public works design (at least in the U.S.).
We agree entirely, and are looking forward to releasing the Flow later this Summer!
Quench Design won best booth in show!
We were first-timers this weekend at Dwell on Design. Clearly this conference already has quite a following, because it was packed all three days. Tournesol Siteworks partner Street and Garden Furniture exhibited as part of an Australian design collaborative called Quench Design. Although it was their first experience here, too, the booth was jammed with visitors throughout the weekend. The fantastic designs drew the attention of the judges, who awarded Quench (as a group) “Best Booth in Show” award. Quench Design is sponsored by the Queensland Government, who underwrote the travel expenses for the trip.
Noted design fair Dwell on Design starts on Friday of this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Billed as the West Coast’s largest design show, we’re excited to be part of it this year, through our partner Street & Garden Furniture of Australia.
According to the press release:
Curated by the editors of Dwell Magazine (www.dwell.com),
the three-day celebration brings together the best and brightest products, services, and
thought leaders in modern design today
Street and Garden will be introducing their newest concept, a combination planter/bench designed for al fresco dining areas and configuring public space. It fits perfectly into the Tournesol Siteworks product mix.
The newest concept from David Shaw and his designers at Street & Garden Furniture