Sustainability with style!

Happy to announce that the outdoor furniture selected for the main courtyard located on Albuquerque’s College of New Mexico campus consists mainly of the Garda and Loop collections.
The Garda modular seating system and the Loop collection were designed by Antonio Larosa for Florida-based Benchmark Contract Furniture.
Both collections, designed exclusively for public spaces, have structures made of solid aluminum that is powder-coated to specification. Seats for the modular Garda benches for the Albuquerque project were specified using composite wood-look slats.

 

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Committed to improving design education.

In the past 15 years, Antonio Larosa -as logical progression in his prolific career- decided to invest in new design talents by teaching and directing design programs at prestigeous American universities. Antonio’s teaching philosophy emphasized collaboration and hands-on projects, aimed at preparing students for the demands of professional design practice. He played a pivotal role in organizing study trips to North America and Italy, facilitating visits to design studios, galleries, museums, and factories, thereby broadening students’ exposure to the real-world design landscape.

As a professor and chairman, Mr. Larosa revolutionized furniture design education in North America by bridging the gap between academia and industry, enhancing curricular offerings, and fostering meaningful connections between students and the design profession. While he transitioned from academia in 2011, Antonio continues to contribute as a judge for design competitions and a guest lecturer on various design topics.

Renowned for his visionary approach, Antonio has spearheaded numerous innovative design initiatives in the United States, including the Furniture Revolution Gallery at NeoCon and the Furniture Design Summit—the inaugural conference dedicated solely to furniture design, which united manufacturers, designers, and students in a collaborative forum.

 

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The Rationalist GT Bench

Created for public spaces, the GT bench design was inspired by the Palazzo Terragni located Lissone, Italy. The building (pictured below) was designed in 1938 by the master of Rationalist architecture, Giuseppe Terragni.  The clean design of the bench, the selection of materials and finishes are blending together exceptionally. At first glance the bench even looks like a miniature Palazzo Terragni.  Larosa named the bench GT in honor of the rationalist architect and the city of Lissone but this product is also a masterpiece of sustainability as well. The simple armrest/handle is a universal design detail added to facilitate the use of the bench for the elderly or disabled …a useful aid to sit down and get up from the seat and -at the same time- allows two elderly people to sit next to each other (something that would not be possible in a traditional bench with arms located at both ends). Structure made of solid aluminum, seat made of composite wood slats or man-made stone. Antonio Larosa designed the GT bench from recycled materials and to be completely recyclable! …but seriously, who wants to convert into reusable material such a beauty? Buy GT and keep it forever!

 

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