DEZIGNLINE™ is a Partnership between Studio5051, LLC/Minneapolis and Architectural Cast Stone/West Chicago. The two organizations share a commitment to deliver a fresh new line of site furnishing for Architects, Landscape Architects and Designers who specify projects for commercial, municipal and academic campuses. Whether site furnishings and accessories are intended to complement new construction or to retrofit a tired space…
Clients expect inventive solutions that create a sense of place expressed through an identifiable design language.
Clients demand sustainable design, high-quality materials, and installations that reflect enduring character.
Create, produce and offer a distinctive line of high-quality pre-cast concrete architectural and landscape site furnishings that embrace a spirited, soulful and sustainable aesthetic.
Based in Minneapolis, MN, Studio5051 was opened in 2010 by designer Howard M. Merriam, ASLA, as a boutique design firm specializing in hardscape products. Trained as a landscape architect, Howard has worked in the concrete product and landscape industry for over 35 years. He now serves as CDO (Chief Design Officer) for DEZIGNLINE™. Howard’s background includes Project Management with URS Corporation’s Minneapolis office’s Planning & Urban Design Studio. In addition to guiding the Studio’s business development, he spearheaded the design and development of the City of Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park project. Now considered to be northern Minnesota’s premiere entertainment and recreation venue, Bayfront is widely regarded as the crown jewel of Duluth’s long-term redevelopment strategy along the City’s urban waterfront. As Director of Urban Design & Planning for the City of Northfield, MN, Howard actively managed, coordinated and directed all City projects related to public/open-space planning, including design initiatives associated with general quality-of-life issues. Howard led City Staff on all downtown streetscape and public improvement projects. At Anchor Wall Systems, Howard served as Corporate Landscape Architect where he provided design and creative direction in the development and marketing of new, innovative pre-cast concrete hardscape products. Studio5051, LLC is now a team of dedicated professionals whose mission is to design commercial landscape products that simultaneously deliver form + function while conveying substance + character + sustainability.
Architectural Cast Stone
Based in West Chicago, IL, Architectural Cast Stone (ACS) has been a nationally-recognized leader and innovator in precast concrete and engineered-to-order architectural solutions since 1977.
ACS designs, engineers, and fabricates custom architectural and structural precast concrete for clients in the U.S. and Canada. Projects include historical renovation, bridge construction, hardscape, streetscape, new building construction, and much more. ACS has extensive experience with a wide variety of product types and sizes, including cornices, coping, banding, wainscoting, sills, lintels, columns, surrounds, water tables, fountains, planters, benches, bollards, panels, and other stock and custom architectural elements. This expertise, coupled with diverse mold-making skills, sculpting skills, and large inventory of architectural elements, enables ACS to produce virtually any project.
Architectural Cast Stone takes great pride in routinely exceeding customers’ expectations on projects ranging from simple to highly complex. ACS’s commitment to providing the highest quality product — delivered on time and within budget — is unmatched in the industry. More than just a manufacturer, ACS offers turnkey services which include value engineering, structural engineering, mold making fabrication, and installation. The experienced artisans, craftsmen, and professionals at Architectural Cast Stone have earned ACS a preeminent reputation by diligently ensuring the success of clients’ projects from concept through reality.