About Greenform

Greenform offers a cohesive line of planters and furnishings that enhance the spaces where people live, work and play. Crafted with a regard for the natural landscape, each piece features well-considered architectural form and a modern, European sensibility. Our products are manufactured in Switzerland, handmade by individual artisans. We take pride in being the sole provider of containers created from lightweight fiber cement. Noted for its natural, durable and recyclable traits, fiber cement is a truly enduring and versatile material.

We are a privately owned company, passionate about applying a thoughtful blend of highly skilled craftsmanship and technological acumen. Working exclusively with the professional trade, we provide distinctive solutions for commercial, hospitality and residential projects. We genuinely enjoy the process of working with our partners and their clients to create ideal environments.

The Greenform offices are located in Los Angeles, California. Our manufacturer is based in the Swiss towns of Niederurnen and Payerne, where they have been producing timeless fiber cement products for over 100 years.

Our Point of View

A snapshot of what we believe matters most.

Craftsmanship

We have a tradition of thoughtful engineering, crafting each piece with care.

Truthful Design

We respect the purity of honest materials blended with authentic design.

Commitment

We make good on our promises, and are dedicated to quality and professionalism.

Enhanced Environments

We believe that enhancing natural spaces elevates one’s surroundings and state of mind.

Sustainable Investment

We offer resilient solutions that stand the test of time and environmental responsibility.

FAQ

Materials & Applications

Fiber cement is a natural, lightweight and 100% recyclable material. The ingredients are cement, powdered limestone, cellulose, synthetic fibers, water and air. Combining fiber and cement produces all the benefits of a durable concrete product, with considerably less weight.

Fiber Cement is a versatile material with a wide range of applications, well suited for commercial, hospitality and residential use. It can be used in any outdoor or indoor environment, including areas with high and low temperatures. The material is a useful solution for weight sensitive locations as well, including balconies, rooftops, etc.

Fiber cement resists heat, rain and snow, all while remaining light and fire resistant. It is a concrete-like material that withstands weather and is frost-proof when used properly (no standing water). The material cannot be harmed by decay or corrosion.

The fiber cement material also resists fading and does not readily conduct heat (similar to a concrete product). Our pieces are unaffected by salt water and will not rust, as there is no metal or ferrous material contained.

Our products are made to last. With proper care, our planters will most likely outlast the life of your plants. Both planters and furnishings have been known to maintain their integrity for several decades.

Our containers can accommodate both deep and shallow rooted plants, as well as clumping or running bamboo. Since our pieces are suited for all types of weather, they work well for everything from perennial flowers on the east coast to cactus in the west.

Plants are able to breathe and regulate their own moisture in fiber cement containers, due to the material’s natural compounds. Plants thrive in fiber cement, and are kept safe and happy.

Design, Craftsmanship & Options

Each piece is hand-formed and signed by individual artisans in Switzerland. All of our planters and furnishings are made using a regulated form. This process allows every product within a collection to maintain the same thickness, dimensions and color, with slight natural variations to the finish.

Material samples of our fiber cement are available upon request.

Our standard colors are cement gray and anthracite (dark charcoal gray). The cement gray color darkens slightly when wet, but returns to its natural color once dry. Anthracite products retain their original color even when wet. Our square line offers additional colors, as noted per product.

Custom colors are available, with the requirement of a minimum order, additional lead-time and added cost. For customized color, we offer the European RAL color system.

Well-known European designers Rainer Mutsch, Michel Bruggmann and Martin Mostboeck provide the basis for our current line of award-winning planter and furnishing designs. Since Willy Guhl presented his beach chair over 50 years ago, designers have been inspired to examine the potential of fiber cement. In addition, students at the renowned Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL) recently experimented with fiber cement with remarkable success.

We can accommodate custom orders. Each custom piece requires the creation of a master form as well as the individual pieces purchased, and cost will be reflected. Prices can be quoted upon request.

We also offer a “custom-line” of square and rectangular planter shapes, which allows for custom sizes. Please inquire for details.

All plant containers come with a predrilled drainage hole, which can be plugged for indoor usage. In addition, the fiber cement material allows you to drill customized drainage or irrigation as needed. Larger pieces also have a special water over-spill facility (water reservoir).

Care & Maintenance

With proper care, our planters will most likely outlast the life of your plants. Both planters and furnishings have been known to maintain their integrity for several decades.

Our pieces resist heat, rain and snow, all while remaining light and fire resistant. Fiber cement is a concrete-like material that withstands weather and is frost-proof when used properly (no standing water). The material cannot be harmed by decay or corrosion.

The material also resists fading and does not readily conduct heat (similar to a concrete product). Our pieces are unaffected by salt water and will not rust, as there is no metal contained.

Pieces should be cleaned with soap and water, and a soft sponge. Raw cement pieces (light gray) may also be cleaned with an agent such as TSP or equivalent.

Purchase & Shipping

Pricing is available upon request. Please submit an interest form, and we will be in touch right away.

We work exclusively with landscape and interior architects including trade professionals, providing distinctive solutions for commercial, hospitality and residential projects.

We invite you to visit our showroom, by appointment. We can also share locations of installations featuring our pieces, if available in your area.

Our showroom is located in Los Angeles, CA and can be visited by appointment. We do not have retail locations.

We warehouse and ship our products from Los Angeles, CA. Most products are shipped via ground, and can be sent anywhere within the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. For shipping to Mexico, we are able to ship to the U.S. boarder, however the receiving party must make arrangements for border crossing.

We stock a wide variety of pieces available for immediate shipping (as seen on our website). Should a product be on back order or require special order from our catalog, delivery can take up to 8-12 weeks.

Warranty

Greenform warrants to the initial purchaser that our products are of good material and workmanship, free of manufacturing defects. This warranty covers defects in manufacturing discovered while using the product as recommended, such as cracking or breaking during normal usage. In the event of a warranty claim, the owner will be required to provide proof of purchase, and a sales receipt verifying the date. Greenform, at its discretion, may repair or replace the product to good working condition. If repair is not possible, we will replace or refund the items when applicable. Greenform reserves the right to inspect the product prior to replacement or repair of the product.

Our products have a 3-year limited warranty on their structure and a 10-year limited warranty covering frost.

Contact Greenform’s office for warranty claims.

Behind the Scenes

Meet the Designer: Rainer

We often speak of Greenform’s commitment to providing individually hand-crafted pieces. For a closer look behind the scenes, we invite you to meet Rainer Mutsch, one of the designers creating our planters.
Read on for part one of our series on Rainer’s process and perspective.

Engineering Simplicity

“I have an engineering background but when I am starting on a new design I try to clear my mind and focus on more philosophical, social and poetic aspects. Sketching is my main tool to narrow down and bring to paper what is important for me.

It’s a constant progress of eliminating unnecessary details and shapes till you get to the point where you can´t take anything away anymore. I like timeless design, which is reduced to its essential elements but still has the potential to evoke emotion — which look new and fresh, but still create the feeling of familiarity for the recipient.”

palma design sketches

Natural Inspirations

“It is very important that the design of the planter underlines the beauty of the plants and acts as kind of a stage for it. When I am working on a new planter I always ask myself how does the form and shape interact with the surrounding plants and outdoor environments?

In the case of “Palma” for example, palm-tree stems have been very inspirational for me and finally where the solution for a technical problem. Each hand formed fiber cement ring is connected via an overlap and together they grow into planters of up to 106cm height.”

palma planters

Connecting to the Material

“To quote the Swiss designer Willy Guhl (1915-2004), “there is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ material, what makes the difference is its right and adequate use.” My designs are in general material driven. Before I start with the first sketch I love to take my time and visit the production facilities, talk to the workers about the material´s advantages and disadvantages and learn about its history.

I select materials very carefully, based on its future function and usage. So, due to the fact that fiber cement was used over the last 100 years as a cladding and roofing material, the objects made of it are very durable and proven to be perfect for year-round outdoor use. My aim is to develop tailor made designs, and I love when final products tell a story about the material and how it was made.”

dune design process

Facing Design Challenges

“For me, “Dune” was very demanding project. Knowing the production machinery very well, my aim was to create a piece of furniture made out of one entire fiber cement plate with practically no offcuts. Therefore, I had to push the material to its limits.

A lot of research and many prototypes (spanning 1.5 years) were necessary in order to get the maximum stability out of the 3D-deformed fiber cement. Eventually, the geometry of the chair supported its stability through the controlled expansion and compression of the material. Dune combines maximum stability with minimal material thickness.

My happiest moment was when I received the test results for public space requirements. We had to reach at least 250kg (weight load on seating surface) – but through Dune´s special geometry we have reached almost 1000kg. That’s how you make a designer smile!”

dune series

Visit Us

Meet with Greenform at ASLA Expo New Orleans, October 21-24, Booth 922

Come explore our cohesive collection of fiber cement planters and furnishings featuring European design. Discover fiber cement, the lightweight fabrication exclusive to Greenform.