Tzannes: Sophisticated Sydney Street Furniture Awarded with Red Dot 2016

The public domain furniture line includes seating, garbage bins, bollards, pedestrian light poles, a water bubbler and tree guards.

A suite of street furniture designed by Tzannes architects for the city of Sydney won a 2016 Red Dot Award for Product Design. After having several different styles of public furniture in varying quality, the city chose to invest into a more consistent and timely design.

When the architecture and design studio Tzannes received the project to help the Australian metropolis to a new look and feel, they asked themselves: What makes Sydney distinctive and special? For them, this city has a very casual feeling, it emanates vitality, creativity and openness. The opera house still gives people fresh enjoyment and a link to the character of this city. Another inspiration was the maritime port with its engineering design. The harbour bridge and the wharfs are prime examples of how steel structures fit into urban environments: solid, elegant, direct and extremely durable. Tzannes’ aim was to transfer these qualities into the pieces of street furniture. The new benches, trashcans, bollards, light poles, drinking fountains and tree guards are supposed to help create a more pleasant and accessible outdoor environment in Sydney.

The expert jury of the Red Dot Award now honoured the furniture line with a prize in the product design category. Alec Tzannes, the design team leader for Tzannes, commented: “We are honoured that our contribution to the making of our city has been recognised internationally in this important way. This award underscores the contribution architecture and design makes to our cultural identity, and to the city, as well as the wisdom of Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s design-led focus in her role.”

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Bios Urn: Creating Life after Life

With the Bios Urn, a design studio from Barcelona wants to propagate the idea of turning cemeteries into forests.

The Bios Urn is a fully biodegradable urn designed to convert the ashes of people into a tree. Mainly composed by two parts, the urn contains a seed which will grow to remember the deceased loved one. Bios Urn turns death into a transformation and a return to life through nature.

The top capsule of Bios Urn was built to facilitate the growth of the seed. Before burying the urn one has to mix the components with some soil from where the urn will be planted later. The components allow a proper seed germination. Thanks to Bios Urn structure, the seed germinates in the top capsule, separated from the ashes. Once the urn starts to biodegrade seed roots are already strong enough to contact the ashes. With biodegradation the entire set becomes part of the sub-soil.

Bios Urn’s goal is to enhance a different experience to approach what’s probably one of the most important moments in human life. The inventors behind it believe death is nothing but a word used to describe something unknown. Bios Urn wants to change the way people see death, converting the “end of life” into the natural cycle of life.

The mission is to become a reference company in the field of new and alternative solutions by offering excellent, high value-added products that challenge people to re-define the true meaning of life and to lead a new movement, strong and powerful enough to change the status quo.

Bios Urn already sold more than 17,000 urns around the world reaching a distribution network with a presence in more than 15 countries in the Euro Zone and North America.

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Mid-term balance: spoga+gafa convinces with a high level of applications

The leading international garden trade fair, spoga+gafa, opens its doors in Cologne from 4 to 6 September. After achieving very good results during the first early bird period last October, this was a good reason for the organizers to draw a mid-term balance, six months before the trade fair begins. And the outcome is very positive: Already mid-March over 90 percent of the planned exhibition space is booked. This is a 10 percent increase compared to the number of applications one year before. With applications from 49 countries, the international garden fair is also well on course in terms of internationality.

But not only the figures are convincing, the quality of the applications is also very impressive. There are numerous top companies from home and abroad among the exhibitors of this year’s spoga+gafa, which will once again ensure that it is going to be a high-quality product show.

The suppliers of garden furniture are traditionally represented. Among others, Dekovries, Glatz, Hartman, Kettler, Nardi, Scancom, Sieger and Zebra will be exhibiting their new products at spoga+gafa.

The Decoration section constitutes a constantly expanding offer of products. With participations by Edelman (EFSA), Emsa, Elho, Esschert Design (EFSA), Kaemingk (EFSA), Keter, Lechuza, Scheurich and Soendgen, to mention just a few, the number of exhibitors in this product group is accordingly high.

At spoga+gafa 2016, participants such as Barbecook, Landmann, Napoleon, Outdoorchef, Rösle or Weber, will once again ensure that the trade visitors can experience the largest coherent offer of Grill and BBQ products worldwide.

As part of the Landgard Plant Ordering Days, Dieter Denzer Staudenvertrieb, Patzer, Romberg and Selecta-Klemm, living green and new products from the biochemicals and soils segment are also represented at the international garden trade fair.

The current applications from the garden tools segment are also very satisfying. For example, the following have already confirmed their participation at spoga+gafa: Birchmeier, Briggs&Stratton, Freund-Victoria, Gloria, Mesto/Felco, Solo and Tielbürger. GGP, Mogatec/Ikra, MTD//Wolf-Garten/CubCadet and SABO will be represented in the scope of the ‘IVG Power Place’.

The extensive offer at the international garden trade fair 2016 is rounded off by the product sections Water Technology, Garden Equipment and Sports & Games, including Bestway, Biohort, BM-Massivholz, fitt, Happy People, Hozelock or INTEX.

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