We can all learn from desert landscape pioneer Steve Martine and fellow designers who create work that is ecofriendly, livable, locally just right.
Under a wide blue bowl of sky, the Sonoran Desert rambles through southern Arizona, jumping mountains, crossing plains and river washes, and sweeping through Phoenix and Tucson on its way to Mexico. A place of extremes (baking summers, sometimes frigid winters; populous cities, yawning tracts of arid wilds), it’s elementally lovely – and intimidating. So much so, says Phoenix landscape architect Steve Martino, that gardeners have tried hard to erase it. “Thirty years ago,” he remembers, “when I started practicing, this desert was seen as a wasteland to be greened up and ‘improved,’ its native plants as vermin to be eradicated.”
About Kornegay Design
Kornegay Design, a Landscape Forms Company, is a Phoenix-based landscape architectural designer and manufacturer of cast concrete site furnishings. It was founded by Larry and Paula Kornegay in 1997. Kornegay Design is dedicated to creating original, timeless designs realized through exceptional craftsmanship. It has been awarded and recognized by leading landscape design and architectural organizations and publications for its work.
About Landscape Forms
Landscape Forms is the industry leader in integrated collections of high-design site furniture, structures, accessories, and advanced LED lighting. Since its founding in 1969 Landscape Forms has earned a reputation for excellent design, high quality products and exceptional service. The company is headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and includes Kornegay Design, located in Phoenix, Arizona, and Loll Designs, in Duluth, Minnesota, in its family of brands. It has sales representatives throughout North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Asia. Landscape Forms collaborates with renowned industrial designers and consultancies, landscape architects, and architects to design and develop integrated collections of products that address emerging needs and help create a sense of place. Additionally, the company has formed global marketing partnerships with select companies that share its commitment to design. Landscape Forms has an installed base of products around the world. Clients include municipalities, transit centers, corporate, college and health care campuses; and familiar brand leaders such as Harvard University, Linked In, New York Central Park Conservancy, Bryant Park, Google, Coca Cola, Oculus, U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), Nike, National Museum of African American History (Washington, D.C.), Barclays Center, Adidas, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Microsoft, and Uber. We’ve been named one of the Best Workplaces in Manufacturing & Production for 2020 by Fortune magazine, Michigan Manufacturer of the Year for 2020 and 2021 by the Michigan Manufacturers Association, and by 269 Magazine as one of Southwest Michigan’s Wonderful Workplaces.