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Barbecue trends 2012

The Asians like it spicy, the Argentines hot and for the Americans the burgers have to be XXL — when it comes to BBQ, every country has its own style and preferences.

But this year’s barbecue designs all agree in one point: they offer many possibilities.

Cologne: Where the world’s green sector gets together

Around 2,000 suppliers from 52 countries present in the next three days, trends and innovations in Cologne.

As always, spoga+gafa stands out through its truly cosmopolitan environment. 80% of exhibitors came from abroad to the City on the Rhine. European countries such as Italy, the Netherlands and Britain are very well represented. But even far away nations including Bolivia, El Salvador and New Zealand show a solid presence at spoga+gafa.

 

Indoor feeling goes outdoor

The borders between indoor and outdoor get more and more blurred. This trend has reached an exciting point and will be shown at the garden fair spoga+gafa 2012.

Outdoor furniture made in typical indoor forms – rocking chairs for example – will be presented with cover materials that look and feel like interior textiles or leather.

By adding carpeting, lamps and small furniture items, a complete living scenario can be created. Even weatherproof outdoor paintings are part of the range.

The idea to make one’s own yard as smart as a living room has now touched high end garden accessories. Next season manufacturers will be offering stylish garden houses or rainwater tanks that look like expensive stonework or free standing water taps in a granite column.

Special exhibition: “Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2012/2013″

From well-designed exterior luminaires and shallow swing garden furniture, to a helicopter and drawing pencils: In its special exhibition “Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2012/2013”, the red dot design museum in Essen (Germany) presents contemporary product design from 3 till 29 July 2012.

Every exhibit has been evaluated by international design experts during a several days lasting process, before being awarded the sought-after red dot seal. They won over the jury panel of the “red dot award: product design 2012” with qualities such as ecological sustainability, outstanding functionality or their emotional and symbolic content. The innovations come from 49 countries and will be exhibited on two floors for the first time.

Further information: red-dot.de/museum-essen

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