Fabrication

Greenform takes pride in being the sole U.S. provider of containers created from lightweight fiber cement. Noted for its natural, durable and recyclable traits, fiber cement is an enduring and versatile material suitable for hot and cold climates. Greenform's showroom and FOB point is in Los Angeles, California, while our manufacturing facility is in the Swiss towns of Niederurnen and Payerne.

  • swiss handmade
  • quality + craftsmanship
  • durable + lightweight
  • easy installation

Material

What is Fiber Cement?

Fiber Cement is a mixture of Portland cement, reinforcing fibers, air and water. Initially moldable, the material slowly solidifies into a water and humidity resistant form.

  • 10 year frost warranty
  • 100% recyclable
  • natural materials
  • resists heat and fading
  • well suited for high and low temperatures
portland cement
portland cement

40%

The binding material is Swiss Portland cement, produced with sintered limestone and marly clay. Portland cement is the main component in all Greenform fiber cement products.

water
water

12%

The water content remains within the fiber cement panel for a long time and contributes to the continuing strengthening (hydration) of the cement stone.

reinforcing fibers
reinforcing fibers

2%

Reinforcing fibers are synthetic and organic fibers made of polyvinyl alcohol and modified for fiber cement application. Similar fibers are widely used in fabrics, tissues, and fleece.

air
air

30%

Microscopically small air pores serve as expansion chambers for freezing water and make the product frost proof. Fiber cement is a breathable material, while simultaneously being water and weather proof.

limestone
limestone

11%

Inert additives improve certain characteristics of the fiber cement and optimize product quality.

cellulose fibers
cellulose fibers

5%

Processing fibers serve as filters during the production process. They are mainly cellulose fibers widely used in the paper industry. Recycled waste paper is used to some extent.

40%

The binding material is Swiss Portland cement, produced with sintered limestone and marly clay. Portland cement is the main component in all Greenform fiber cement products.

12%

The water content remains within the fiber cement panel for a long time and contributes to the continuing strengthening (hydration) of the cement stone.

2%

Reinforcing fibers are synthetic and organic fibers made of polyvinyl alcohol and modified for fiber cement application. Similar fibers are widely used in fabrics, tissues, and fleece.

30%

Microscopically small air pores serve as expansion chambers for freezing water and make the product frost proof. Fiber cement is a breathable material, while simultaneously being water and weather proof.

11%

Inert additives improve certain characteristics of the fiber cement and optimize product quality.

5%

Processing fibers serve as filters during the production process. They are mainly cellulose fibers widely used in the paper industry. Recycled waste paper is used to some extent.

Options

Our base colors are anthracite and gray. Products in these colors are in stock, and available for immediate shipping.

Custom colors from the RAL series are made to order and require a lead time of 3-4 weeks. Additional finishes and design options are available upon request.

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