The Larkspur Landscape Container Series for Landscape Forms
The Larkspur Series is the result of an exclusive collaboration between Phoenix designer Larry Kornegay and Landscape Forms of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
“Subtle in shape and commanding in size,” these cast concrete planters combine all-climate durability with the contours of nature for a distinctive design solution that brings greenery to any outdoor space. With heights ranging from two to four feet high, these striking sculptural forms create a defined sense of place while providing the high quality of a craftsman’s touch. Each custom site furnishing is hand-crafted, and no two are exactly alike, except in the sense of a beautiful design.
The Larkspur Design
Landscape designers know that no two spaces are identical, and no one planter will fit the needs of every landscape. With this in mind, the Larkspur planters come in three sizes, each with analogous square shape and rounded corners. They are Kornegay’s interpretation of “big square meets round form,” and it is this simple concept that makes them ideal for project sites with contemporary lines or traditional aesthetic themes. While, individually stunning, the three pieces together form a triad so proportionally related that they evoke a family, harmonious in their complement to one another.
The 24-inch high planter is the smallest in the series, consisting of a 36-inch square dimension that weighs 800 pounds and can hold seven cubic feet (or 52 gallons) of planting material. It is ideally suited for low shrubs or flowers beds to frame building facades. The 30-inch high planter is more voluminous, with a 48-inch square that weighs 1,707 pounds and holds 17 cubic feet (127 gallons) of material. Its large square form allows more room for wide ferns or banana trees to spread their leaves. The last in the series is both the tallest and slimmest, 48 inches high with a 24-inch square that weighs 1,432 pounds and holds 10 cubic feet (75 gallons) of material. It provides a dramatic base for taller plants like palm trees to line long avenues or provide shade for outdoor pools. All three containers are free-standing with standard 2-inch drain holes.
Available only through Landscape Forms, these landscape containers bring visual interest to outdoor spaces by housing plants for any climate. Every piece is made from an individual batch of concrete, with a full range of mixable hues of integral pigment from Davis Colors, creating singular color choices to suit a variety of locations. A subtle shade can highlight the greenery in a space, while brighter colors can make the plant receptacles themselves a focal point in the landscape design.
Materials and Construction
Larry Kornegay is self-professed concrete enthusiast. He explains the appeal of the medium in interviews: “It is sensual, brutal, unpredictable, and beautiful.” In the Larkspur Series, the beauty of concrete and the artist’s love for it are on full display. The concrete used in these planters is made to last in high-traffic conditions and harsh climates. A smooth “as cast” finish is the standard exterior surface, however a sandblasted finish is available upon request.
Age and weather lend a patina to the containers allowing the concrete to exist symbiotically with its outdoor environment. Kornegay Design tests their Standard Proprietary Mix regularly, and its strength is measured between 5500 and 6500 pounds per square inch (psi), well above the 3500psi that is the industry standard. All of this results in custom site furnishings that are designed for longevity, even in active public spaces and cold weather environments.
Each piece is made from an individually mixed batch of cast concrete. This dedication to small-scale craftsmanship ensures that every single planter is a one of a kind with its own distinct surface quality and aesthetic appeal.
What’s in A Name?
Like several of Kornegay Design’s other site furnishing products, the Larkspur takes its name from nature. Two related genera of flowers—annuals of genus Consolida and perennials of genus Delphinium—are commonly called larkspurs for the spur-shaped calyx surrounding their petals. Larkspur flowers range in height, similar to the containers, and can even reach seven feet—perfectly suited to the slim 48-inch Larkspur planter. Both Consolida and Delphinium flowers are as variegated in form and color as the beautiful containers they lend their name to, and the soft lines and gentle curves make sense a source of inspiration for this fluid design.
Recognition and Awards
The Larkspur Series received a 2012 GOOD DESIGN Award from the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. This worldwide award, established in 1950, celebrates influence and innovation with a special emphasis on the design’s ability to enrich society. With sustainable construction methods and materials, durable finished products, and a simple-yet-stunning design, it’s easy to see why the Larkspur Series garnered such acclaim.
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.