(Phoenix, Arizona) — “The quality we call beauty always arises from the reality of life,” says Larry Kornegay, designer of the award-winning cast concrete site furnishings produced by Kornegay Design in Phoenix. It is a philosophy that was shared by his friend and fellow artist, Masaru Kawasaki (1949-2007)
To honor his friendship with his late friend and colleague, who was also a gardener and master tree pruner, Kornegay has designed the “Masaru” Series; four beautifully created concrete landscape containers that recall the universal, beloved share of vintage galvanized washtubs. “From the point of view of beauty,” says Kornegay, “this shape brings to mind a distinct, colloquial language and an activity common to all humanity.”
The elegant, understated containers, which range in height from 18.5 to 45.5 inches are scored with subtle horizontal bands and have distinct, sloping rims with fluid, sculptural edges. They are designed not to call attention to themselves as objects, but to contribute to the refined subtleties of shifting light and shadow in a landscape.
“Masaru was a genteel, cultured, and humble man,: says Kornegay. “He lived simply but well. There was nothing superficial about him. He believed inner beauty created outer beauty in terms of aesthetics. That’s the kind of person he was too.” Kornegay adds. “I hope I have honored him with this design.”
Kornegay Design®’s cast concrete site furnishings are distinguished by beautiful design, fine craftsmanship, integral pigments and custom colors as well as a luxuriously smooth surface quality. The company’s products are heavy; the Masaru Series ranges in weight from 460 to 1470 pounds; a characteristic for which Kornegay is unapologetic. “We make our products with the intent of providing long term value and beauty. They need to withstand extreme weather environments and in many sites, heavy pedestrian traffic.”