January 23, 2012
New Executive Team Position Underscores Company’s Growth
Kalamazoo, MI – Landscape Forms, North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of site furniture, has announced the appointment of Kirt Martin, IDSA as Vice President, Design and Marketing. In this newly created position, Mr. Martin will be responsible for leading and aligning Landscape Forms’ creative teams for Product Development, Marketing and Marketing Communications. Mr. Martin will report to Landscape Forms President, Richard Heriford.
“This appointment will strengthen the alignment of key departments within the company” said Mr. Heriford. “We are continually collaborating with internationally renowned designers from a variety of disciplines to create a stream of new site furnishings and lighting products. Expanding our internal design and marketing leadership improves our capacity to bring these exciting new concepts to market.”
The Landscape Forms Product Design Team is currently led by retiring Vice President of Design, Arno Yurk, IDSA. Mr. Martin will work closely with Mr. Yurk for the next few months to assure a smooth transition.
Prior to joining Landscape Forms, Mr. Martin directed industrial design activities at Turnstone, a division of Steelcase, which included directing internal and external designers. Prior to Turnstone, he served as senior industrial designer for Steelcase Wood furniture.
Mr. Martin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in industrial design from Kendall College of Art and Design. He also studied industrial design and design history at the Royal College of Art in London, England. Mr. Martin’s work has garnered a 2001 IDEA Award, several Good Design Awards and Best of NeoCon Silver award. Mr. Martin’s work has been featured in numerous trade publications including Metropolis, I.D., and Interior Design.
About Landscape Forms
Since its founding in 1969 Landscape Forms has earned a reputation for excellent design, high quality products and exceptional service. The Landscape Forms U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan with sales offices throughout North America, the United Kingdom, 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. The company 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 Boeing, Cisco Systems, Disney, Sprint, American Airlines, Herman Miller and Nike. Landscape Forms was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the Top 15 Small Workplaces in the US. www.landscapeforms.com