Schaffner AG: Honoured by the German Design Award

Swiss manufacturer of garden furniture Schaffner has been awarded with the German Design Award for its garden chair Lamello.

The weatherproof and stackable chair is available in fresh colours. „Lamello is a stylish shell chair that stands out for its timelessly elegant and colourful design“, said the jury. Every year, top-quality submissions from product and communications design are awarded with the German Design Award, all of them are in their own way ground-breaking in the international design landscape.

Schaffner AG was founded in 1954 and is specialised in the production of furniture for outdoors. The quality of the products has made the company the largest producer of garden furniture in Switzerland. Simple design and high manufacturing quality characterize the products of the company. “We are well known for our retro products, but the Lamello is a new creation, with which we can now obviously succeed in the market,” said CEO Martin Schaffner concerning the award.

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“Gardens of the Year 2016”: competition of Garten + Landschaft

The “Gardens of the Year” prizes were awarded for the first time this year. The winners have been determined since 16 February: architecturally clear lines, blossoming shores and expansive greenery received the award presented by the magazine Garten + Landschaft.

In addition to the magazine, Callwey Verlag and other partners are among the initiators of the competition for the German-speaking world. Sought out were private gardens that have been professionally designed by landscape architects or gardeners and landscapers. Called for were holistic concepts and a strong idea behind the use of plants, materials and products. From a total of 153 submitted projects, 50 made it to the final selection; the first place prize winner and three other projects will now be honoured with awards.

The first prize went to the Orel + Heidrich agency for the designing of an expansive house garden in Erlangen. The coherent spatial concept refers to the architecture of the residential building. An existing stock of pines was also cleverly integrated into the planning. The special atmosphere of the garden is characterised by the contrast of strict formal elements and luxurious perennials.

Three other projects were also honoured: the special prize of the jury went to the Design Associates agency, which supervised the renaturation of a wet meadow landscape in Seeshaupt. In the process, the ecological aspects of sensitive shore areas were especially considered. The special prize in the category “Green Architecture” went to a house garden in Bad Zwischenahn developed by Koch & Koch garden and landscape architects. An expansive villa garden in Meerbusch from the WKM Weber Klein Maas agency was convincing in the category “English Landscape Garden”.

All 50 projects including photos, plans and detailed product descriptions can also be found in a book appearing for the competition.

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Personnel matters: Changes in the project management of spoga+gafa

As of 1 April 2016, Stefan Lohrberg will take over the project management of spoga+gafa. He thus succeeds Katrin Schön, who after almost ten very successful years’ work on the project of the international garden trade fair, seven years of which in the position as Project Manaager, is taking on a new challenge within Koelnmesse. “Stefan Lohrberg is a renowned specialist for communications, events and sponsoring. With his long-standing experience in the field of project management, he will further reinforce the significance of spoga+gafa as the leading international garden trade fair,” explained Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse.

Stefan Lohrberg was employed by TAS Emotional Marketing GmbH as Project Manager for the past ten years, where he was responsible for the national and international customers from the industry, consumer goods and tourist sectors in the areas brand, event and project development. His customers included the motor equipment manufacturer STIHL, its subsidiary VIKING as well as the TV channel SKY. In addition to his expertise as a Project Manager, Lohrberg is also a specialist for visitor marketing and media consulting and has detailed knowledge in the field of specialised and end customer communications. Since spoga+gafa boasts around 2,000 exhibitors from over 50 countries, Lohrberg is taking over one of the biggest trade fairs at the Cologne location.

As of 1 April 2016, Katrin Schön will be dedicating her attentions to a new project within Koelnmesse and will take over the position of Project Manager for the international trade fair for creative handicraft & hobby supplies, h+h cologne. She will continue to be responsible for spoga+gafa until Stefan Lohrberg joins the company and will also assist Stefan Lohrberg in the hand-over period.

Schön has been employed in various positions at Koelnmesse for almost ten years. The trained banking clerk and publicist accompanied the international garden trade fair as a specialised journalist up until 2006 and was initially responsible for the press work of spoga+gafa from 2006 onwards, before taking over the position of Project Manager of spoga+gafa in March 2009, a task she has accomplished very successfully to-date. With Schön at the helm, the international trade fair for creative handicraft & hobby supplies is winning over an experienced Project Manager. She succeeds Ingo Riedberger, who in addition to being responsible for INTERMOT is also Project Manager for the first THE TIRE COLOGNE 2018.

unique youngstar 2016: Apply now!

Once again this year in the search for the unique youngstar 2016, everything revolves around new ideas and products of “Outdoor Living”. The submission period for the creative competition, which young designers, who have completed their degree no longer than three years ago, as well as design students are allowed to participate, started 18 January. In addition to prizemoney totalling 7,000 Euros, the young creative designers also have the opportunity to exhibit their prototypes at spoga+gafa 2016. At the same time, they will be given the chance to establish important contacts at the international garden trade fair and set the course for their future career. The entry deadline is 1 April 2016.

The international expert jury will nominate up to 15 finalists from all of the submissions once the application deadline expired. The evaluation criteria for reaching the big finale include the overall concept, the originality of the design, the conceptual and visionary quality, the functionality and quality of presentation.

Those, who make it under the top 15, will also take part in the online voting for the public prize and will automatically receive one of the coveted places in the ‘unique youngstar’ competition exhibition at the leading international garden trade fair. The nominees will be able to present their ideas to both the expert jury and an international audience over the course of three days. The chance of making important contacts is extremely high at the international garden trade fair in Cologne.

The winners will be announced and the award ceremony will take place during the unique hour on 4 September. Last year, a total of 75 projects from 32 countries were submitted to the unique youngstar contest.

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Furor floralis: Textile Design and Garden Architecture

An exhibition at the Textilmuseum St.Gallen, Switzerland until March 28, 2016

Textile designers and landscape architects both tame nature in their own respective way: they select the plants and combine them, develop a basic structure and define colour schemes until finally a garden or a floral pattern emerges. Gardens and textiles correspond with each other in a surprising manner, and design principles which are modern in garden landscaping can also appear on textiles – or vice versa. Gardens and textiles are always immediate expressions of fashion trends, the zeitgeist and a feeling for life. They reflect the change of the relationship between people and nature.

Textile design and garden architecture are two disciplines which, at first sight, have little to do with each other. However, plant motifs are among the oldest design elements, patterned fabrics have worked with floral decoration since time immemorial, and people have created landscape gardens for centuries. Furor floralis therefore attempts to combine the two disciplines in one single exhibition and to relate them to each other.

An immense fascination for garden lovers, an inexhaustible fund of colours and shapes for textile designers: plants are at once a feast for the eyes and a source of inspiration. As the identification of the plants depicted on the exhibits of Furor floralis has demonstrated, a great deal of creative licence is used when plant motifs are drawn. Depending on the concept, the wealth of colours and shapes, the selection and arrangement of the plants have a harmoniously delightful or primevally wild effect. Gardens are not a likeness of nature, either; rather, specific interference with a wilderness results in something new, artificial. From the cottage garden to the Baroque garden, from delicate scattered flowers to flower power, from a wildflower meadow to a rose arch – flowers create quite a furore.

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