Oceans Outdoor Furniture to launch its new 2013 range exclusively at spoga+gafa 2012

As one of the UK’s leading providers of PE Rattan Outdoor and Garden furniture, Oceans enters 2013 off the back of a very eventful 2012, which saw the company win more RHS awards, open over 15 new pop-up stores across the UK (including House of Fraser concessions) and become an exclusive supplier to furniture retailer DFS.

Established over 8 years ago, Oceans has led the way in design and innovation within the high-end outdoor furniture market, and not just as a reseller; Oceans also design, manufacture, import, warehouse and deliver their ranges direct to the customer. This means that Oceans has total control of the supply chain, from concept and design through to delivery and installation. Oceans have a distinguished brand in the industry and a solid reputation within the luxury products market, with the quality of the products being far superior to other rattan furniture providers.

One of main reasons Oceans is able to produce such high-quality products, is down to the development and use of the exclusive all-weather Oceana™ Weave. Oceans is one of only a handful of companies that manufactures its own weave, allowing them to manage quality from the start.

Recent hotel clients have included the iconic Brooklands Hotel in Surry, HS Hotels, Heythrop Park Resort, Holiday Inn Express and La Manga Club in Spain, to name but a few. Other noteworthy installations recently have included: The famed Sosban restaurant in South Wales and the Alton Towers Resort Spa.

Looking ahead to the 2013 range, Oceans is pleased to announce new additions, being exclusively launched at spoga+gafa 2012, including:

  1. A new range of Gazebos.
  2. A new range of PE Rattan Bar Island sets.
  3. A new range of stand-alone, multi-functional, coffee tables.

Be the first to view the new range, only at spoga+gafa 2012. Oceans can be found on Stand F011 – G010 (Hall 11, level 1, Aisle F, Stand 011). Trade visitors, retailers and distributors are invited to meet the Oceans trade team and enjoy a complimentary drink on the stand.

For enquiries or to book an appointment with a member of the Oceans Trade team at the show, call: +44 (0) 1295 221 169 or email r.chana@oceansint.com.


Building Industry: Euroconstruct anticipates no growth – German Architects Optimistic

The international credit crunch has taken an increasing toll of the building industry, for which reason the European Building Industry’s trade association Euroconstruct has downsized its forecast for the coming months. For 2012 the association has reduced the growth forecast by –0.3 to –2.1 percent. The German building industry has likewise reduced its growth forecast from +1.8 percent to +0.4 percent. Industry activity is not set to grow again until 2014, but then by 1.7 percent. Even so, it will take several years for growth to exceed the level of 2008.

The Euroconstruct figures indicate that the only two countries whose building industry output has increased by more than two percent are Denmark and Norway, while Germany, France, Switzerland, Sweden and the UK are all below two percent. But there is good news for German architects, who are generally in a positive mood. The regular survey of independent architects undertaken by the Ifo-Institut for the first quarter of this year indicates that their business is clearly improving. The last time the mood was this good was in the mid-1990s – in the final phase of Germany’s reunification boom.

The responding architects indicated that their current level of business was now considerably better than in the previous quarters. In particular, the number of architects who described their current position as ‘good’ had increased from 26 percent in the last quarter of 2011 to 45 percent in the first quarter of 2012. The Ifo Institut says this is a uniquely high quotient. At the same time, only one fifth of respondents described their current business levels as ‘bad’ (previous quarter 23 percent).

Even so, respondents said the anticipated level of business had hardly changed from one quarter to the next. The number of architects with an optimistic view declined by three percent from 17 to 14 percent – but at the same time the number of sceptical architects declined by two percent to 13 percent.

Petals on the lawn! Red dot product design award 2012 for “shallow swing”

The design of “shallow swing” represents lightness and was inspired by the idea of petals on a lawn. The hand-crafted wooden frame curves gently and is glued together by hand with a lamination process that provides weatherproofing.

The wooden frame is covered with fabric. Gisbert Baarmann, the designer of this generously sized wooden form, calls it a “hyperbolic parabola”. A circular base has been twisted in a way which creates two pairs of high and low points opposite one another. “shallow swing” is a lightweight, dimensionally stable and yet elastic, transparent structure for dozing or gently rocking as well as offering protection from the sun.

“shallow swing” won the red dot product design award 2012. The jury´s statement: “shallow swing is a highly attractive piece of gardenfurniture for both sitting and rocking. It is the expression of an innovative design concept that brings together design and handicraft. shallow swing provides an effortless transition between the outdoor and the indoor worlds.”

Further information: shallowswing.de