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Nominated for unique youngstar 2015: Hittl by Marianna Carazzai

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.

Hittl

Build your own house – this is every child’s dream. Hittl is a kit that helps to make this dream come true, in the garden or inside your kid’s room. Hittl is made of a simple wood structure of spruce, which is fixed with big wood screws. The creativity of the children and their parents is only asked to create walls and the roof with different 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!

Nominated for unique youngstar 2015: Plastic bags and chair by Natalia Winnicka

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.

Plastic bags and chair

Plastic bags chair is completely made from recycled plastic bags cut into strips and woven. Chair’s structure is a typical steel frame. Colours are inspired by the tones of garden and spring. Shape of the chair is design especially for sunbathe or just for chilling outside. Woven and lace bags offer a lot of possibilities. It is a cheap, not heavy and ecological solution for outdoor furniture. Laced bags are strong, the chair can carry a person with max 110 kg weight. The bags stripes are installed on a chair without any glue, they are connected only by knots. The chair has countless combinations of colours and patterns. It is soft and comfortable.

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!

unique youngstar 2015: And the Nominees are …

Within the 3rd unique youngstar competition 16 products have been selected by an expert jury. These 15 participants have been chosen from a total of 75 entries from 76 Designers from 32 countries.

In addition to the nomination, the young creatives can already look forward to being able to showcase their ideas during the international garden trade fair spoga+gafa from 30th August to 1st September 2015 in Cologne. The prototypes will be on display in the exhibition zone garden unique. All nominees have the chance to win the unique youngstar 2015 title and thus prize-money totalling 6,000 EUR. In addition to the jury prices Koelnmesse also grants an audience award, determined by online voting by visitors to the fair. Vote here for your favorite design: spogagafa.de

The award’s ceremony of the three jury prizes and the audience award will take place on Sunday, 30th August 2015, during the unique hour.

The expert jury chose these products:

The expert jury 2015: Martin Königer (Owner of Pavilla Extérieur, Würzburg), Andreas Kühnlein (Editor AD Architectural Digest, Munich), Harry Paul van Ierssel (Designer, Harry&Camila, Barcelona) and Dirk Wynants (Designer and Founder of Extremis)

3 Questions to: Peter Petrich (BIOTOP Landschaftsgestaltung GmbH)

The Austrian company BIOTOP, one of the major pioneers in the field of natural pools, more than 25 years ago introduced something completely new to the market: an alternative to the classic pool and its use of chemicals. Since 1985 Peter Petrich has been managing partner of the Biotop Landschaftsgestaltung GmbH. For its 30th anniversary the company takes a jump over the ocean with the objective to become the No. One in natural pools in the US.

What are your arguments to convince US consumers?
Petrich: The main argument will most likely be that you can have a pool in your backyard that can provide crystal clear water without any use of chemicals. You can have a wonderful lifestyle secure in the knowledge that you are doing the “right” thing. You can protect the health of your children and friends, and simultaneously contribute to the preservation of natural resources. Fun, luxury and the sustainment of nature – this all comes together in our pools. Anyone who made a jump in our show pools noticed that natural, living water feels different on your skin. But that can’t be described in words. Ultimately you have to swim in our pools yourself to experience it.

What target groups do you want to appeal to in the US?

Petrich: As in Europe we want to appeal to the upper end of pool owners. BIOTOP provides high-quality products and here we don’t want to make any concessions on the quality of the materials used. The investment in a Natural Pool or a Living Pool is an investment for two to three generations.  The grandchildren of our customers today should be able to say: “Our grandparents were very forward-minded when they invested in the pool.” This can only be the case when one relies on high quality.

The US is the largest market for pools in the world, with an extremely high density of pools. Do you think that there is still potential for a newcomer like BIOTOP?
Petrich: Of course there is potential for us. In a country that has more than10 million swimming pools, old pools often need to be overhauled and revamped.  For this we have a Converter System in our program, which allows traditional pools to be upgraded to Living Pools at surprisingly low cost and effort. We also believe that many landscape architects and designers will take our pools into their considerations in designing or redesigning gardens.

Further information: biotop-natural-pool.com

Movie Tip for Gardeners: „A Little Chaos”

The movie “A Little Chaos” tells the story of one peculiar element of the gardens of Versailles: The Bosquet of the Ballroom. The star architect André Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts) receives the order from the sun king Louis XIV (Alan Rickman) to create this extraordinary piece of landscaping art. He then engages his stubborn colleague Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet), a novice at the king’s court…

Originally a hunting lodge near Paris, Versailles has been expanded by the sun king Louis XIV in 1661 to one of the largest palaces in Europe. The extensive gardens were designed by the landscaper André Le Nôtre. His French Baroque style had a huge influence on the European horticulture. The garden that is to be realised by Sabine De Barra is a bosquet. Bosquets are small groves within the baroque palace gardens at the end of a straight-lined flower garden. The famous Bosquet of the Ballroom (Salle de Bal) in Versailles was originally built to be a location for concerts, plays and other performances. Around the small area water cascades flow over ornamented steps. It can still be visited today.

“A Little Chaos” is directed in a very empathic yet entertaining way by Alan Rickman. It is part romantic love story and part witty comedy. The landscaper De Barra not only has to withstand envious male colleagues and mean intrigues, but at the same time feels more and more attracted to Le Nôtre. Alan Rickman said about their relationship and the historical setting: “At first it seems that the two have absolutely different opinions on aesthetics. But after a while it becomes clear that they are very like-minded. You don’t need any historical knowledge to follow this movie. Some events we show have happened in reality, some have not. We are viewing this historical story throug a prism.”

Further information: bbc.co.uk