VDM Survey: The Materials of Choice for Outdoor Furniture?

People continue to invest ever-larger sums of money in their gardens, balconies and terraces. For which reason the VDM Association of German Furniture Manufacturers wanted to find out what materials have the greatest market share in the construction of outdoor furniture. Recent research by the VDM showed that at present 35 percent of German Garden furniture is made of wood – with the trend continuing upwards.

Wood is a natural and renewable resource, and increasingly popular with customers. Not far behind, about 30 percent of outdoor furniture is made of plastic, including the highly popular and robust basket-woven fibre products. The ‘smallest’ main materials sector is that for metal furniture.

Of course, all three materials are often found in combination with each other, together with other materials such as stone and glass. The survey also included mention of other materials making up less than ten percent, such as rattan, cork and textiles.

Design, excellence and exclusivity – Visit EGO Paris at spoga+gafa

EGO Paris is a brand reflecting people in their diversity. It’s a company for those who want to furnish their outdoor space in a special way.

There are some amazing products which combine design, functionality and comfort. For example, take a look at the outdoor canopy bed, appropriately named Eden. It symbolizes charm and peacefulness. The bed boasts a lavish four-poster frame of lacquered wood with backrests available in a palette of 16 different colors. Overhead, a dreamy, gauzy white or ecru curtain encloses the bed, gently filtering out the sun. It is the right place to lie back and let the mind wander to your own private cloud nine. And don´t forget to bring a friend, because there is room for two.

Further information: www.egoparis.com

 

RAUSCH presents exclusive design collections on spoga+gafa 2012

Enjoying a perfect moment with all senses – sharing inspiring times with people who appreciate something special. Since 1932, the name RAUSCH has stood for good life here and now.

The exclusive design collections can be found in the world’s best hotels, in golf clubs and on cruise ships. The company RAUSCH devotes its passion to the fine things in life and creates exterior environments that invite you to linger. With collections of exquisite taste and innovative design RAUSCH persuades consumers.

This chaise longue called “Florida Sunset” is only one example of RAUSCH design. The weave is made from high-quality polyethylene fibers. This ideal material for outdoor use is color and UV-proof, eco-friendly and recyclable. By deliberate manual intervention in the production process small irregularities in the color texture are achieved. These multiple colorations with stripes give the weave a unique appearance. Cleaning with soap sud, sponge or brush is easy.

For further information: www.rausch-classics.com

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.

For further information: umbrosa.be

Barbecueing – a question of faith

The spring sun is still a bit cold, but that won’t keep the real barbecue fan from his favourite garden activity. The question, however, is not just which type of barbecue to use, i.e. charcoal, gas or electric, but also what to put on the grillage. Yet another problem to be solved – or maybe not?

The latest up-coming trend in Germany is veggie barbecueing. The thought of tofu on the grillage alone may turn the grill master’s stomach. Nevertheless, the VEBU (the German Vegetarian Association) is convinced that in the near future there will be more and more veggies stood by the barbecue armed with grill tongs. VEBU-manager Sebastian Zösch concludes: “The success of the vegetarian trade fair VeggieWorld in Wiesbaden shows that there is a rising interest in meatless products.” Although Germany is veggie-wise not yet as en vogue as the USA or Austria, vegetarians are on the march in bratwurst-land. “No matter whether the vegetarian products are made from tofu, soy, lupin flour or vegetables, people are curious about veggie barbecueing and they appreciate the wide product range,” adds Sebastian Zösch.

The grill manufacturers don’t really care what finally sizzles on their barbecues, because their barbies do it all well, be it meat, fish or even meatless titbits. But how about you? Do you care about what is on your grillage? What is your preferred food at a grill party? Have you ever tried meatless chicken, veggie burgers or skewers consisting of courgette, pepper and tofu? Let us know what you think about the German veggie trend and tell us, what type of barbecue you prefer, i.e. charcoal, gas or electric. We are curious to learn about the barbecue habits in your country.

Further Information: vebu.de