Kornegay Design® Introduces The Masaru Series
(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.”
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.