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Nominated for unique youngstar 2015: VEGRACK by Lorenz Schott and Michael Leßmöllmann

16 projects from young designers or design teams are nominated for the unique youngstar 2015 design award. The topic of this year’s contest is again “outdoor living”.

All nominated design prototypes will be exhibited at the international garden trade fair spoga+gafa 2015 in Cologne, Germany from August 30th until September 1st.

VEGRACK

Many people would like to grow their own vegetables. Unfortunately most of them don’t have enough space, know-how or simply time for it. Due to the help of professional garden building techniques VEGRACK simplifies the growing of vegetables, fruits and herbs in your own living area. The hydroponic BIO-fertiliser and the power saving LED plant lights help to to get a good amount of crop all year. The designers Michael Leßmöllmann and Lorenz Schott from VAKANT design promise: “When you start seeding, you already get the feeling to start something on your own and while the crops are growing you can watch, touch and smell what will be edible soon.”

The three jury winners (1st to 3rd place) and the winner of the audience’s votes will be announced in Hall 10.2 on August 30th at 4 p.m.

Vote here for your favourite design and decide who will be the winner of the audience award!

The Supporting Programme of spoga+gafa 2015

Garden and more: that is what the international garden fair spoga+gafa 2015 promises. Around 2,000 exhibitors from over 60 countries will present their new products in the Cologne exhibition halls from 30 August to 1 September and offer trade visitors from all over the world a top international level innovation show. In addition to a comprehensive exhibition spanning around 225,000 square metres, this year’s supporting programme also offers the trade fair visitors information and inspiration. From target group-specific lectures to industry get-togethers, through to shows and practical areas: In addition to the new products of the exhibitors, spoga+gafa has plenty of other events on the agenda.

Garden Café as central Speakers’ Corner

With its prominent location on the trade fair, this year the Garden Café is the central Speakers’ Corner. Numerous lectures and discussion rounds will take place here ’round the clock’ and will offer the trade fair visitors amusing entertainment ‘without detours’. The Taspo Talks will be staged daily at 11:30 a.m. as well as at 3.15 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. The trend agency Chlorosphere (France) will also be holding various trend lectures in the Garden Café. These can be heard and seen daily at 10:00 a.m. as well as at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.

Sustainability Exhibition

For the first time this year, spoga+gafa is holding an exhibition that focuses on the theme sustainability. Here, not only the well-known ecological aspect will addressed. Social and economic sustainability will also be dealt with in the course of the Sustainability Exhibition. Visitors are heartily welcome to gain their own impression of the premiere in Hall 5.2.

Series of lectures for landscape architects

After its successful premiere in 2014, the cooperation with the Callwey publishing company (Garten+Landschaft / Garden+Landscape) is also being continued. Together with industry experts, a lecture programme that is specially designed for garden and landscape architects will be offered. The half-day congress kicks off with a lecture entitled ‘Wood, water, tiles – room concepts and materials for the planning of private gardens’ on 31 August 2015. The trade visitors can look forward to the following themes and speakers on the Monday of the fair in Hall 10.2:

  • 10:00 a.m.: ‘Room concepts for the private garden’ (Michael Horeis, Horeis + Blatt Partnerschaft Garden and Landscape Architects BDLA, Bremen)
  • 10:45 a.m. ‘Water in the garden – calculation of the pump performance’ (Maximilian Colditz, landscape architect, Category Manager and Technical Consultant at OASE GmbH, Hörstel)
  • 11:30 a.m.: ‘Professional construction of terraces made of wood and wood-based materials’ (Wolf D. Meyer-Ricks, Meerbusch; landscape architect, publicly appointed and sworn expert for garden and landscaping)
  • 12:15 p.m.: ‘Professional tile laying outdoors’ (Manfred Vaupel, master tiler, PCI application technology, Augsburg, West Construction Chemicals Retail Europe, Hamm)

The event, for which training points will be awarded, finishes at 1:00 p.m.

unique youngstar

The winners of the young designer competition, ‘unique youngstar’, will also be selected at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday in Hall 10.2, garden unique. The expert jury will select the first three prize-winners from among the 16 nominees and the prototypes on the theme Outdoor Living exhibited in Hall 10.2. The finalists are also in the running to win a public prize. This link leads to the public voting: spogagafa.de

Industry get-togethers: IVG Garden Party, BIAG Buyers Brunch and more

Once again in 2015, things will be heating up in the Grill Park (outdoor area between Halls 7 and 8) In addition to numerous product placements, which reflect the entire spectrum of the grill industry and the barbecuing process, together with celebrities from Cologne, Sebastian Morgenstern, 2012 German Vice Grill Master, will ensure tasty entertainment with his grill show at 12:00 noon and 15:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Of course, the Barbecue Industry Association Grill (BIAG) is also strongly represented in the Grill Park. New this year: The BIAG is offering professionals, buyers and customers a forum, comprising of a ‘get-together’ and exchange of news among the grill industry during the BIAG Buyers Brunch at spoga+gafa on Monday, 31 August 2015, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

There are also plenty of opportunities for networking at this year’s spoga+gafa thanks to numerous, successful industry get-togethers: Exhibitors, visitors and media representatives are heartily welcome to attend the ‘IVG Garden Party’ on 31 August, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the stand of IVG in Hall 5. In the Plant Park, traditionally the location of the Association of German Garden Centres (VDG), everything revolves around the living green and current garden centre themes. The closing of spoga+gafa is at the same time the starting signal for the BHB Garden Summit on 2 September 2015 (CC North, Koelnmesse). This year the participants can look forward to a varied congress programme following the motto ‘Looking beyond the garden fence’.

Nominated for unique youngstar 2015: TOOL STOOL by Syvain DeBellis

16 projects from young designers or design teams are nominated for the unique youngstar 2015 design award. The topic of this year’s contest is again “outdoor living”.

All nominated design prototypes will be exhibited at the international garden trade fair spoga+gafa 2015 in Cologne, Germany from August 30th until September 1st.

TOOL STOOL

The seat of the TOOL STOOL consists of a stamped steel alloy sheet. The corrugation of the metal work reinforces the structure as a whole and brings a dynamic aesthetic. This prototype has been stamped with very high precision. Each mould has been hand-made and formed with a hydraulic press pumped manually. The process can be improved by industrialisation. The legs are utilised from existing spade handles that are already industrialized.

The three jury winners (1st to 3rd place) and the winner of the audience’s votes will be announced in Hall 10.2 on August 30th at 4 p.m.

Vote here for your favourite design and decide who will be the winner of the audience award!

Nominated for unique youngstar 2015: Water Carafes by Maud van Deursen

16 projects from young designers or design teams are nominated for the unique youngstar 2015 design award. The topic of this year’s contest is again “outdoor living”.

All nominated design prototypes will be exhibited at the international garden trade fair spoga+gafa 2015 in Cologne, Germany from August 30th until September 1st.

Water Carafes

The quality of Dutch tap water is excellent because the regulations are very strict. And yet, bottled water is a thousand times more expensive, plus, it has a negative effect on the environment. Maud van Deursen wants to make users aware of how special their tap water is. She has designed four carafes, whose shapes reflect the Dutch water towers used for storing clean drinking water. Each of them emphasizes the flow of water in a different way, allowing users to experience the movement of water while pouring.

The three jury winners (1st to 3rd place) and the winner of the audience’s votes will be announced in Hall 10.2 on August 30th at 4 p.m.

Vote here for your favourite design and decide who will be the winner of the audience award!

Nominated for unique youngstar 2015: Spruce by Eduard Zakharov

16 projects from young designers or design teams are nominated for the unique youngstar 2015 design award. The topic of this year’s contest is again “outdoor living”.

All nominated design prototypes will be exhibited at the international garden trade fair spoga+gafa 2015 in Cologne, Germany from August 30th until September 1st.

Spruce

Spruce is a dining table for indoors and outdoors use. It can fit from 6 to 8 people. The construction is made of larch wood. Worktop made of polymer-concrete and metal. The Design concept combines traditional craft techniques and modern materials.

The three jury winners (1st to 3rd place) and the winner of the audience’s votes will be announced in Hall 10.2 on August 30th at 4 p.m.

Vote here for your favourite design and decide who will be the winner of the audience award!