Epstein Garden Lights: Handmade Quality Made in Germany

Garden lights have the practical advantage of making stairs, paths and ponds safer at night, however, the aesthetic dimensions are essential as well. For more than 25 years the Epstein-Design manufactory develops and distributes high quality lighting for home and garden. The lamps are handmade and only available in specialized stores.

Real highlights among the different Epstein lines are their outdoor nature lights. They are made with sandstone or natural slate. The devoted treatment of the natural stones gives them a unique look. The garden lightings look like statues and at night they reveal their true beauty. Columns, spheres and pyramids: The multitude of the different Epstein-Lights provides designers with lots of possibilities for individual garden concepts.

The durable luminous elements are covered by a three-year warranty and the manufactured materials are guaranteed to endure ten years of UV exposure.

Further Information: epstein-design.de

Unique Youngstar: Designer Contest at spoga+gafa 2013

For the 3rd time the garden unique Design Contest will be held at the spoga+gafa trade fair in Cologne. 15 young designers and design students will have the opportunity to present their work at garden unique, the high-quality segment of the fair. Three of them will be awarded by an expert jury as Unique Youngstar and a separate winner will be chosen by public vote.

At this year’s contest creative ideas around the topic “outdoor living” will be acknowledged: Furniture, lamps, weatherproof flooring, plant holders, barbecues, everything that makes the garden more enjoyable is allowed to enter. The 15 nominees will have their pieces displayed at the spoga+gafa for the duration of the fair from 8th to 10th September.

The registration is open since March 18th; design students and young designers who have completed their studies no more than three years ago can enter the Garden Unique Design Contest on the contest website. Personal information as well as a short description of the product is required, up to three pictures can be uploaded. Lecturers of design schools have the possibility to recommend individual students of theirs for the contest. Participation is free.

The jury will start choosing the nominees in May. The main criteria for them will be overall concept, originality of design, conceptual and visionary quality, functionality and the presentation of the product. The nominated design pieces will also be put on the contest’s website so that the public can give their online votes for the Audience Award. The winners of the jury award will receive a prize money of 3,000 € (first place), 2,000 € (second place) and 1,000 € (third place). The award ceremony will be held on the first day of the fair at the “unique hour” event.

Further Information: gardenunique.de and spogagafa.com

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Retractable Motor Driven Sun Sails by SunSquare

For over twenty years the Austrian company SunSquare Kautzky has been creating shades for buildings and green spaces. One of their favorite challenges is the shading of complex glass structures. SunSquare works together with architects from an early stage on to find special solutions for integrating shading constructions into the structures of buildings.

The “Schauhaus” of the botanic garden in Grüningen, Switzerland, in 2012 was one of their most noteworthy projects. The IdA-Architects Stephan Buehrer and Martina Wuest supplemented the surrounding trees with a supporting structure of trunks and treetops made of steel, based on the Voronoi principle. The reduced shading system covers the tilted roof planes with a barely visible membrane and can be retracted when not needed.

Other interesting projects by Sun Square are presented in their corporate video.

Further Information: sunsquare.co.uk

Vitra: Bouroullec, Grcic and Morrison for the Outdoors

Top-brand Vitra brings new impulses to the premium outdoor business. With new designs especially to be used outside, the new products for gardens and balconies are made from weather-proof materials.

Special additives slow down the sun-bleaching process of seat shells. With these some of the well known classics are made weather-resistant for whatever use. The established Vitra quality and the extraordinary designs are what these pieces have in common.

Vitra always set standards and created new innovations with its outdoor products. They cooperated with designers like Jasper Morrison, the brothers Bouroullec or Konstantin Grcic and created outdoor versions of design classics like the “Eames Plastic Side Chair” by Charles and Ray Eames or the “Panton Chair” by Verner Panton.

Further Information: vitra.com

Eva Solo Creates Designer Homes for Birds

Simplicity, distinct lines and a high degree of functionality: These are the three qualities with which Eva Solo describes itself. The Danish company specializes in design pieces which bring Nordic elegance into kitchen, bathroom or  outdoors. A wide selection of everyday objects has been developed and produced with the help of some of the best design professionals and they have been awarded with over 150 Danish and international design prices over the time. This year they can celebrate a big anniversary: one hundred years in business!

The latest additions to their product range are stylish feeder items for birds. The mini feeder balls are small bowls made of glass shaped in a simplistic design inspired by weaver birds’ nests. They can be hung outside onto a tree, a bush or near the balcony and provide small domestic birds with necessary nutrients during the cold winter and throughout the year. Because of its  transparent material the animals can be observed from all angles.

The bird table helps feeding the birds as well, but this piece comes in two forms: hanging from a tree or standing in the ground. It has a sculptural classic design formed by two semi-circular halves. Its material is white steel which makes it pretty durable.

Whichever model you choose, you can be sure that the looks of it will attract not only birds but also those who appreciate designer garden products.

 Further Information: evasolo.com