The lovely lines of a stainless steel table. The gentle curve of a cast aluminum bench. Flattering urban waste receptacles.
, a leading global designer and manufacturer of architectural products, is bringing form and balance to our world through well-executed design, functional necessities that enhance public and outdoor spaces.
Andy Warhol would definitely approve.
It's hard to believe a 40-year-old company can be so cutting edge. F+S started out as a family-owned sign shop in the 1940s, moved into the architectural space in the Sixties and merged with a California company in the Nineties to become the internationally renowned company it is today, fabricating site furnishings, lighting, door and cabinet hardware, elevator interiors.
F+S products demand attention for not only their beauty, but their functionality. Many of the stainless steel Apples hanging on the walls in the Apple retail stores are from F+S. Reliant Stadium in Texas displays F+S waste cans. In fact, the company recently replaced the Apple logo in the newly remodeled glass pavilion on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
In Pittsburgh, Urban Renaissance
trash cans grace the North Shore and Mt. Washington, cantilevered benches reside in Shady Side, Balance Benches
provide rest for the Target-weary in East Liberty and cool pedestrian lighting illuminates Point State Park.
UPMC is considering a few items. The Warhol Museum recently dropped by. (Bike Pittsburgh might want to check out the bike racks.)
"We tend to go for a clean modern look that's timeless," explains Julie Gambone, director of product marketing. "We don't design the spaces, we design the products. And we strive to be as sustainable as possible, such as making sure that all of our wood is certified FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)."
F+S's manufacturing operation is tucked into a residential neighborhood on Pine Street in Etna. The firm employs 150-175 people, including manufacturing jobs, engineers, designers and an in-house marketing team.
The company also has manufacturing centers in Santa Barbara, Calif., Santa Fe Springs and India, and offices in Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong.
"We're constantly innovating," Gambone says.
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Julie Gambone, Forms+Surfaces