Garden unique design contest:
Several new and prominent jury members

This year will see an even better class of garden unique, the exclusive format for premium brands in the garden furniture segment at spoga+gafa. Almost all of the top exhibitors from last year’s premiere in Cologne will be in attendance between the 2nd and 4th of September. Not only that, but other well-known companies such as Manutti, Viteo, Barlow Tyrie, and Solpuri have also confirmed that they will be appearing at garden unique, making this part of the trade fair even more attractive to top national and international retailers.

As well as these premium names, garden unique is again opening up a forum for young designers and their creative ideas. This year there will be a design competition with the tagline “Dining outdoors”. The objective is to design furniture and objects that create the perfect open-air culinary experience. Be it furniture that is easy to transport or a high-end parasol for a picnic, fixtures for outside a street café, or even outdoor cooking, seating, or shade for professional gastronomy serving large-scale events in an exclusive hotel or restaurant environment. This year’s competition will be a boost to its reputation thanks to the addition of several new and prominent jury members: garden unique is pleased to welcome distinguished French designer and architect Patrick Nadeau, celebrated designer Marc Sadler from Milan, and Marcus Fairs, editor-in-chief of the international architecture and design online magazine “Dezeen”. They will be joined by outdoor gastronomy expert, Herbert Seckler, owner of the scene restaurant “Sansibar” located in the middle of the Sylt dunes. Also on the jury this year are Tobias Lutz, co-founder and managing director of architonic.com, and Ralf Ferdinand Broekman, publisher and editor-in-chief at German architecture magazine “build”.

This star-studded judging panel will select the winner of the design competition. At the same time, the creative community will rate the young designers’ ideas on the platform jovoto.com. The winners will have their designs transformed into 3D prototypes to be presented in the garden unique area at spoga+gafa. Other ideas selected by both the jury members and the community will be shown in a special exhibition. Prize-giving will take place during “unique hour” on the Monday, followed by a get-together to talk about the burning issues of the day in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Further information: gardenunique.de/contest

The Winner takes it all

SKYbed has won the Interior Innovation Award 2011, the reddot design award für Produkt Design 2011 and is nominated for the Designpreis Deutschland.

The SKYbed is a relax piece of outdoor furniture that resembles characteristics of a bed and a hammock. It unifies the comfort of a bed with the enjoyable rocking of a hammock. It consists of a fully dismountable stainless steel frame and a 100% weatherproof relax mat. The stainless steel frame flexibly adapts to any uneven floor surfaces without creating tension and therefore damage to the frame. All four suspension bars are individually adjustable in length for individual relax properties. They also allow to level out the relax mat when two persons with different body weights enjoy a rest in the SKYbed.

The intelligent material composition solves the typical dilemma in outdoor furniture. All products of SKYLIVING are made out of highly technical textiles which breathe and are weatherproof. SKYLIVING works with textiles that are not coated and therefore watertight but chose exactly the opposite way. All textiles have an open-cell structure so that water and vapor can easily penetrate the material without being absorbed. Therefore all products can be exposed to the elements all year long.

Furthter information: sky-living.com

Interior Innovation Award 2012: Summer on the move – Don’t forget to bring your table

As the sun moves in the sky, we often move with it. That is why the Danish design duo Strand + Hvass has designed a table for Cane-line, which is easy to move from place to place. The tray table “On-the-move” is sturdy, easy to lift and strong enough for outdoor life. It is made of 100 percent aluminium and the powder coating ensures that it can handle all sorts of weather.

A hole in the middle leads rainwater away. The handle makes the table easy to move and the tray can be lifted off for cleaning or use in other places. “On-the-move” is the perfect supplement to other furniture, indoors as well as outdoors. It stands for Danish design tradition where function is just as important as appearance. Good reasons for getting the prestigious Interior Innovation Award 2012. This award appraises to innovations in all product areas of the furnishing sector world-wide and is organized by is the German Design Council.

For further information:
cane-line.com
german-design-council.de

 

Garden unique: Join this innovative design contest!

Are you into design? Shapes and colours are your passion? You are creative and you like to give mundane things a distinctive look or an exclusive touch? Then you should participate in this garden unique design contest.

With this innovative contest, garden unique wishes to present new, innovative concepts to the trade fair exhibitors and visitors on the theme of premium outdoor items in 2012. The exhibition area of the design contest is a real magnet for garden unique and underlines the innovative focus of the event. From furniture that can be conveniently moved around and transported, to a sunshade for a picnic with family or friends, down to an outdoor kitchen, seating or shade for the professional and exclusive catering needs of a larger group. Show how your design and the occasion come together to create a unique experience!

garden unique is the its premium area for outdoor furniture and thus a vital part of spoga+gafa, the world’s leading trade fair for the garden industry. spoga+gafa is an annual trade fair that takes place in late summer. This year’s dates are 2 to 4 September 2012.

Participating in the contest is definitely worth the efforts. An expert jury will award three winners, with the first place winning 3.000 Euros – and even the sixteenth place will still be awarded with 250 Euros. Moreover, it will even be possible to admire the jury winners’ work in the form of prototypes.

More information about the contest and how to participate is on: gardenunique.de

Gardening is the New Luxury

All leisure activities have their time. The current trend is gardening, says futurologist Matthias Horx of the Future Institute in Kelkheim (Germany). However, gardening today differs a lot from what it used to be in former times. Today it is a kind of luxury.

The leisure industry has always been earmarked by activities that followed the latest trends. Crafting, cooking or even specific types of sport, as for instance jogging or aerobic dance, had their times in which everyone, who wanted to appertain, joined in. Currently gardening is the trendy leisure activity. The interest in nature and environment has grown strongly over the past 30 years and brought about people wishing “to let something grow”. Furthermore, says Horx, gardening satisfies aesthetic needs. There are simply no limits set to the amateur gardener’s creativity and thus, a modern garden always reflects a bit of its owner’s personality. The supplying industry, from garden chairs and lawn mowers to plants, has adapted itself to the amateur gardeners’ high demands for design and supplies everything the heart of a modern gardener could wish for. Be it Home Gardening, which integrates nature and garden into everyday life, or be it Urban Gardening, which creates wonderful nature experiences even on the smallest balcony, everything is possible, because there are equipment, accessories and plants matching each and every idea. This high degree of individuality does not just turn the garden into a unique part of nature; it also makes it a very personal piece of luxury. According to the Future Institute the new cult of garden and gardening will be very long-lasting.