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Stylish Tanks by GRAF

Be smart – use rainwater!

GRAF offers a range of stylish harvesting rainwater tanks for your garden which are both kind on your purse and extremely pleasing to the eye. Smart people water their garden with rainwater. There is nothing better for plants. Rainwater tanks are therefore becoming an increasingly common feature in gardens. A plant cup is integrated, so tha the rainwater tank looks like a huge amphora.

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Zic Zac – For very small outdoor spaces, for picnics or open air day trips

Zic Zac is a practical balcony set which brightens the atmosphere with its fresh and cheerful vitality, its colours and its design. Zic Zac is ideal for small outdoor spaces.

One side of the Zic table can be attached to the wall and because of a simple mechanism, it can be easily closed and folded down. It is possible to store two Zac chairs inside. But it is also possible to use Zic table in a traditional way freestanding like a camping table. The whole set is available in seven different shades, form bright colours of fizzling orange, purple, red and lime green to the more subtle ones like anthracite, white and grey. Zic Zac is lightweight and easy to handle. It doesn´t require any end-of-season maintenance because the set is made of polypropylene fibre-glass, a material characterized by strong resistance to atmospheric pollutants.

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Dutch Design for Olympia

The Olympic Games in London are just around the corner. Various firms have already gained major success in making the event possible. In conjunction with LDA Design London, Hargreaves Associates and Arup, the company Streetlife has made an important contribution to the Olympic Parklands London 2012. Visitors are able to sit down on the special benches designed by Streetlife.

The Olympic Wave Benches have been specially designed for the Olympic Games 2012. Dozens of long configurations, more than 10 metres in length, have been placed along the Water Works in Stratford. The spacious and slightly curved benches ensure a light-hearted and elegant element within the Parklands blueprint. The design displays a modern and natural character, in line with the English garden tradition and the gentle slopes in the English landscape.

At the same time, Streetlife has also delivered the architectonic Long&Lean and Rough&Ready benches around the stadiums, as well as hundreds of WoodTop systems to create seating along the stairs in the Park.

Peter Krouwel, designer and director of Streetlife, is proud of his team: ‘You don’t simply get appointed as a supplier to the Olympic Games in London. We have been selected on the basis of quality and expertise. It is an honor to prove your skills on this global Olympic platform.’

Streetlife designs and supplies street furniture, tree products, bridges and decks. The company, founded by Peter Krouwel in 1997, now has branches in Leiden, The Netherlands, and Malmo, Sweden. Streetlife has an in-house design and engineering team that delivers sustainable building elements for landscape or urban layout plans. More than half of the projects are currently realized outside the Netherlands. The beginning of this year witnessed the launch of the new 2012-2013 Collection: 276 product pages in one book. The Collection has attracted much international interest partly as a consequence of the basic design principles of ‘sustainability and longevity’.

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UMBROSA presents innovative shade creations on spoga+gafa 2012

UMBROSA, situated in Belgium, enables people to enjoy the sun by creating shade in an attractive and simple way. The unique products of UMBROSA transform garden or terrace into a sunsafe oasis of tranquility and enjoyment.

The Ingenua shade sail for example provides a large and flexible shaded area ensuring full enjoyment of the garden or terrace. Thanks to its ingenious sliding mechanism on the pales, combined with the triangular, square, rectangular or penta shaped ensioned sails, Ingenua offers an unlimited number of positions. This enables everyone to adjust the sail to the required shade in no time. It is also possible to attach the shade sail to a wall or a tree in combination with two or more poles.

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German gardens: Little effort, utmost pleasure

There is no doubt about that: Germans gardeners a something special. Their overriding gardening aim is to get the most pleasure out of the least effort. Furthermore, whatever they do or install in their gardens should be absolutely environmentally friendly. And finally, yet importantly, the German garden must give a beautiful and neat impression.

The green tech industry and renewable energy sector is very dynamic in Germany. No other gardeners in the world are so ambitious when it comes to energy saving and environmental friendliness. Another distinct attitude of German gardeners is the preference for low maintenance gardens. For them, the garden is not a place to work in but to relax. It is all about being smart and as long as it is smarter to be eco-friendly, the German gardener is very willing to contribute. Solar lights, for instance, are not just environmentally friendly, they also save a lot of work. They only need to be stuck into the lawn without having to lay cables. Nevertheless, it is important for Germans that their gardens look beautiful and neat. Colours are therefore vital; and so are flowers. But again, when choosing the flowers for their gardens, German gardeners watch out for low-maintenance plants and prefer species that require little care and live for many years. The Germans’ preference for good results at little effort is also reflected by the vegetables they grow in their gardens or on their balconies. Everyone seems to grow their own tomatoes for they are easy to grow and require little space; and most importantly, they are convinced that their homegrown tomatoes taste so much better than any other tomato from the supermarket.

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